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East London grime artist Ghetts nominated for an Ivor Novello award

Award-nominated grime artist Ghetts has said drill music will become as mainstream as his own genre.

The London artist has said the controversial music, often associated with knife crime and youth violence, will become a vehicle for UK talent.

Ghetts has been nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello award for best contemporary song for Black Rose.

Drill has become hotly debated for its associations with the London gang scene and knife crime on the streets of the capital.

Ghetts, real name Justin Clarke, has said the style is a natural evolution of the genre he has pioneered, and will lead to the same success and opportunities.

The rapper, who had to keep his Ivors nomination secret from his mother, said grime deserves the recognition it is receiving from the likes of the Ivors.

It's pure. It's very pure. It's just based on a vibration that's out there now in streets. And once the streets certify, it means it's really certified. We're seeing drill, I feel that that is really derived from grime, that is the evolution of what once was.

– Ghetts

Asked if drill can become as successful as grime, Ghetts said:

100%. I feel like the opportunity that it's creating for some of these young kids is amazing. They're able to change their lives, change their families' lives. We're seeing success stories coming from drill. They're actually creating job opportunities, and it's flourishing, it just goes round.

– Ghetts

Ghetts has said his mother will be "over the moon" with his nomination for Black Rose, written with Kojey Radical, Daniel Miles, JoJo Mukeza and Jaime Naldo Menezes.

The track deals with the beauty and treatment of black women. Ghetts is one of 48 individual songwriters nominated at the annual Ivors, alongside the likes of George Ezra and Alex Turner.