RAPPER slowthai stunned Mercury Prize viewers tonight when he held up an effigy of Boris Johnson’s severed head.
The Brit stripped to the waist during the stunt and yelled “f*** Boris Johnson. F*** everything” at the crowd at the Eventim Apollo in London.
slowthai, real name Tyron Frampton, was cheered as he left the stage after performing song Doorman.
Award host Lauren Laverne said after his rant: “slowthai, with his own views there.”
He later posed on Instagram wearing a t-shirt in a “f**k Boris” t-shirt as he posed with the effigy of the Prime Minister’s decapitated head.
The rapper’s antics stunned viewers, who took to social media to tweet about his act.
One said: “Someone’s probably going to end up getting killed because of this move.
“This is really dumb, embarrassing and dangerous.”
Another wrote: “I don’t know which cause he thinks this is helping, but the answer is none. Horrible.”
But some viewers backed the rapper – saying he “smashed” his performance.
slowthai was nominated for an award for his album Nothing Great About Britain, which scathingly explores life in modern Britain.
He lost out on the award to rapper Dave, who won for album Psychodrama.
Dave hugged his mum and also paid tribute to his brother Christopher, who is serving a life sentence for his involvement in the killing of 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden in 2010.
He said: “This is your story, and even though you can’t be here, I know you’re watching this bro, and I’m so grateful, thank you so much.”
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The awards show in West London also saw Foals backing climate activists Extinction Rebellion.
The band, who were nominated for album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1, called on fellow musicians to unite in the environmental fight as they said they doubted their fans backed Brexit.
Among the judges tonight was Stormzy, who last year slammed Theresa May as he performed at the Brit Awards.