Lady Leshurr is heading for the ice rink (Picture: ITV)
Lady Leshurr is set to showcase her skating skills on Dancing On Ice 2021, as one of 12 new celebrities taking to the rink when the series kicks off on Sunday night.
The musician will be partnering Brendyn Hadfield on the show as she makes her bid for this year’s series title.
But just who is Lady Leshurr, what’s her real name and what songs is she best known for?
Here’s what you need to know….
Who is Lady Leshurr?
Lady Leshurr – real name Melesha Katrina O’Garro – is a comedian and rapper from Solihul.
She’s best known for her Queen Speech series of freestyles, the fourth of which became popular in 2016.
In that same year, she won the Mobo Award, celebrating excellence in black music, for best femal act.
Three years later, she was awarded the gong for best rap/grime act at the Birmingham Music Awards.
Leshurr has named Ashley Walters, Eminem, Ms. Dynamite, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott and Lil Wayne as her primary influences.
In June, Leshurr defended appearing in an Olay advert after trolls accused her of ‘losing her integrity’.
The rapper landed a no doubt lucrative endorsement deal with the esteemed skincare brand, making her the first black British rapper to front the company.
Lady Leshurr is a rapper best known for her Queen Speech series (Picture: Getty)
In the advert, Lady Leshurr is seen smearing the moisturiser on her face while larking around her house and rapping along to the new song she’s created specifically for the campaign.
While Leshurr’s venture had been supported by her loyal fans, others have found time to criticise the rapper for endorsing the brand.
Hitting back at the critics, the entertainer wrote in an Instagram post: ‘Seen Certain People Saying My Olay Ad Ain’t Me & I’ve Lost My Integrity.
‘I’m Always Myself In Everything I Do & TRUST Me If I Never Cared About My Integrity I Would Be Sooo Much Further In My Career And Wealthier..Real Ones Know!! It’s Always People That Haven’t Followed My Journey With The Most To Say!! [sic].’
Also in June 2020, the 30-year-old rapper released her new EP, Quaranqueen, which features songs about the struggles of living in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dancing On Ice is on ITV on Sundays at 6pm.
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