Ed Sheeran Called “Most Important Act In Black And Urban Music”
People are outraged over a list called “the saddest in music history” that dubs Ed Sheeran the “most important act in black and urban music.” Other white notables on this list about BLACK music include Sam Smith and Disclosure.
The BBC has been accused of producing “the saddest list in music history” after its black and urban music radio station 1Xtra produced a “power list” in which three out of the top four acts are white.
Topping the 1XtraPowerList – promoted by the BBC as naming the “most important UK artists in the black and urban music scene” – was Ed Sheeran, the white son of an art lecturer, who grew up in rural Framlingham, Suffolk, and whose music has combined elements of folk with hip-hop and grime.
The highest-placed black artist was rapper Tinie Tempah, who came third – behind second-placed Disclosure, the white brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, and just ahead of Sam Smith, the white son of a former City banker.
The list, offered by a radio station describing itself as “the UK’s leading black music station”, was condemned by the Grime artist Wiley, who was placed 16th out of 20. Calling it “the saddest list in music history”, Wiley, 35, whose hits include “Heatwave” and “Wearing My Rolex”, tweeted: “Not taking anything away from Ed. He is sick. But black artists in England, we are getting bumped… We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns he has influenced us.”
He added: “England music industry is backwards.”
Are we being trolled or is the music scene in Great Britain just that fawked up????
In addition to being dubbed the most important act in black music, Ed is getting BLASTED for comments he made defending his bestie Taylor Swift in her Nicki Minaj beef.
Hit the flip to see what he said…
Apparently Ed thought Nicki’s “skinny white girls get nominated for awards” argument was redundant—–but he’s since changed his tune.
Speaking last night to the Daily Telegraph, Ed said: “I think everyone knows that Taylor has done nothing wrong in that situation. She didn’t nominate herself for the awards. She just made some good videos and people think they’re good.
I think the Minaj point is a bit redundant,” he said. “Her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a Video of the Year nomination, but Beyoncé’s ‘7/11’ is in there, and that is celebrating the female figure in every form.
After publishing this post, Ed Sheeran contacted us to say his quotes had been taken out of context.
When we replied asking for clarification, he responded saying he was making a point about body image and apologised for the wording.
We have contacted Ed’s spokesperson for comment.
What do YOU think about Ed copping pleas in the Nicki/Taylor debate???