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After a phenomenal album release in 2016, it came as quite a surprise when Laura Mvula wasn’t included on the nominations list. On Twitter, she expressed she was ‘feeling not quite good enough’ and was ‘genuinely hurt’. She received a huge amount of support from her fans, who said her music was ‘transcendent’. In response to asking ‘Maybe if I wrote better music?’, her fans  asked her not to doubt herself and her music. 

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Laura Mvula’s widely acclaimed album, The Dreaming Room was realised in July last year. The Guardian wrote of it “Mvula pulls the listener along with her through the most serpentine songs: however winding their routes, the melodies are almost always beautiful; however much the musical scenery shifts, it is always striking.” 

Mvula was nominated for the BRIT awards in 2013 and 2014, before boycotting the 2016 BRIT’s due to the race imbalance; only four out of the 48 British nominations were ethnic minorities. By way of explanation she said: ”I guess the problem for me is knowing that there are young black kids growing up feeling that they’re not acknowledged in society, in media and in mainstream music.” The awards this year are more diverse than last, with Skepta, Michael Kiwanuka, Craig David and Nao among the nominees. Nao was glad to see the imbalance addressed, reiterating that “music is made by everyone and it’s for everyone”. 

Mvula continues to look to the future with her upcoming US tour kicking off in February

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