slowthai holds up effigy of Boris Johnson's severed head

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‘#slowthai making the BBC real uncomfortable. Well done, son! #mercury prize,’ wrote one fan.

A critic of the stunt wrote: ‘Only heard of @slowthai because the only way he can get noticed is by holding a decapitated head of the PM. Pathetic. #mercuryprize’

Slowthai was one of 12 artists shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, which was won by London rapper Dave for his album Psychodrama.

Among the judges was Stormzy, who raised his own profile by criticising then prime minister Theresa May during his performance at the Brit Awards in 2018.

The Inglorious rapper has also previously taken aim at Theresa May in his lyrics and urged his followers to target her with the social media hashtag #brexitbandit.

The Boris Johnson stunt wasn’t the only political message of the night.

Rock band Foals, who also performed, shared their concern about climate change on the red carpet holding up a sign: ‘No music on a dead planet.

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