She said : ‘When I found out I was being offered an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours, my initial reaction was – no way’
The musician said the Windrush scandal made her want to reject the MBE
Ms Dynamite’s grandmother Millie came to England in the late 1950s, as part of the Windrush generation
The artist, real name Niomi McLean-Daley, 37, revealed she decided to honour her Windrush grandparents by accepting, because of the sacrifices they made
Rapper, songwriter and producer, Ms Dynamite was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace on Thursday from Prince Charles for her services to music.
The 37-year-old beamed during the Investitures service, looking beautiful wearing a white skirt suit and matching heels with a monochrome scarf in her hair.
Ms Dynamite has spoken about her conflicted feelings when it came to accepting the honour, admitting she has deep, negative feelings about empire, establishment, and colonisation.
Yet the artist, real name Niomi McLean-Daley, revealed she wanted to honour her Windrush grandparents by accepting, because of the sacrifices they made.
She told The Guardian: ‘When I found out I was being offered an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours, my initial reaction was – no way.
‘I had long-held, deep, negative feelings about empire, establishment, colonisation, the suffering it caused and the suffering that continues today.
Ms Dynamite’s grandmother Millie came to England in the late 1950s, as part of the Windrush generation and she said the Windrush scandal made her consider rejecting the honour.
Many people who had travelled to the UK from the Caribbean before 1973, as British subjects, were wrongly detained and others deported.
Many arrived on their parents’ passports and were not formally naturalised as British citizens.
But Ms Dynamite said that after mulling her decision over, she realised that her acceptance would be the perfect way to honour her grandparents.
She also told The Guardian: ‘I would accept the MBE – not because I want to be part of the establishment, or had suddenly stopped caring about the damaging legacy of empire and colonialism, or that it was suddenly all OK, but because I wanted to honour my grandparents, and all of their generation, and the extraordinary sacrifices they made.’
Ms Dynamite shot to fame with hits such as Dy-Na-Mi-Tee and Put Him Out. She previously won two BRIT Awards and three MOBO Awards.