Dizzee Rascal, Jay-Z Win Big At Brits

UK emcee Dizzee Rascal received top honors in London today (February 16) by winning British Male Solo Artist of the Year at the 2010 Brit Awards.

Rascal’s beat out three other nominees in Calvin Harris, Mika, Paolo Nutini, and Robbie Williams.

The award was fueled by the success of his fourth LP Tongue n’ Cheek, released last September.

The album yielded three #1 UK singles in “Dance wiv Me,” “Bonkers,” and “Holiday.”

That successful trio of hits has resulted in Tongue n’ Cheek pacing to be Dizzee Rascal’s first ever platinum project.

Founded in 1977, the Brit Awards recognizes the best artists in Britain as selected by the 1,000 voting member British Academy.

Upon receiving his award to a huge ovation, the rapper expressed immense satisfaction in seeing his work recognized at a high-profile event.

“It’s about time as well,” Dizzee quipped after being presented with his award by actor Andy serkis. “Idea want to thank the family, [and] big up the Dirtee Stank family.”

American superstar Jay-Z was also recognized at the ceremony, taking the prize for International Male Solo Artist of the Year.

Blueprint 3 debuted #4 on the UK Albums chart, and is now certified platinum in the region.