Paloma Faith gave the most industry-focused acceptance speech at last night’s BRITs, name-checking no fewer than 10 executives that have helped her on her way to picking up the prize for Best British Female Solo Artist.
In a high-profile nod to Sony Music UK’s new boss, she called Jason Iley “my new superhero”, as well as thanking the duo that first signed her, Nick Raphael and Jo Charrington (now at Capitol UK), RCA’s Colin Barlow, CAA’s Mike Greek, and others.
You can read Paloma Faith’s full BRIT Awards acceptance speech below:
“Everyone’s been making short speeches but they’re people who have won lots of awards and don’t like to gob off as much as me.
“I used to fly post for my gigs in Hackney and I’ve been arrested twice for doing that. Now my pictures are all over tube stations legally and that’s an amazing feeling.
“It would take me an hour to thank everyone I have to thank. First and foremost I want to thank my fans who are the most incredible fans. You’re so loyal and treat me with such kindness.
“I’d like to thank the new boss of Sony [Music UK] Jason Iley for being my new superhero, Colin Barlow for A&R, Jo Charrington and Nick Raphael for signing me first at a time when nobody wanted to sign me, and who are now my publishers. Everyone who’s helped: Rich Perry, Lynne Swindlehurst, Murray Chalmers, Sassy Media – Sarah and Tom – Mike Greek at CAA, David Odlum, my MD, and my incredible band who are just amazing. All the writers, producers and anyone who’s ever worked for me, friends and family.
“Flaws are what make people human and I don’t claim to be perfect, and I make so many mistakes and I’m a bumbling wreck. But I’m just so grateful and I might never be up here again, which is why I want to dedicate this to all the underdogs and the grafters who work bloody hard.”