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The new head of music at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra has hailed the talent of black British artists and said the recent Brit awards could have done a better job of reflecting the diversity of UK music.

Chris Price praised artists such as Stormzy, who was named best grime act at the Mobo awards in successive years. The rapper previously criticised the Brit awards, saying Britain “is not just One Direction”.

In an interview with the Guardian, Price, who holds one of the most influential jobs in the UK’s music industry, predicted this could be the year that grime becomes Britain’s next “big cultural export”.

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