Stormzy apologises to Skunk Anansie for Glastonbury blunder

When Stormzy agreed to headline Glastonbury, he knew he would be making history and couldn’t wait to share it with the world.

‘I am first black British artist to headline Glastonbury,’ the Shut Up artist tweeted to his fans.

‘At 25 years old I am the second youngest solo act to ever headline Glastonbury, the youngest being a 24 year old David Bowie in 1971,’ he added.

‘I’m overwhelmed with emotions, this is the most surreal feeling I’ve ever experienced.’

But, while the rapper is ‘the second youngest solo act to ever headline Glastonbury,’ he has come to realise that his claim to be ‘first black British artist’ was a terrible blunder.

On Monday, Stormzy went back on to Twitter to rectify his claims.

He wrote: ‘Skin from the band Skunk Anansie was actually the first black artist to headline glasto she done it with her band in 1999 no disrespect intended and MASSIVE salute to you – my apologies !’

He also tagged Skin in the tweet.

Skunk Anansie performed on the Pyramid Stage (the same Stormzy performed on on Friday) at Glastonbury in 1999 and the British rock band took to Instagram to refute the rapper’s original claim.

‘Sorry Stormzy but we beat you to it in 1999! 20 years ago!’ the band wrote in their Instagram post.

‘And while we’re on topic, I was the first black Woman too! @beyonce.’


But, the band didn’t seem to be offended by the claim wishing him well with his performance.

‘Wishing you an awesome nite tho, Kill it! You’re amazing and we’re all very proud,’ they added.

While Stormzy may not be the first black British artist to headline Glastonbury as he once thought, he is most certainly the first black British solo artist to do so. So still much to celebrate on his part.

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