Ed Sheeran Mired in Controversy After Being Named Most Important Act in Black and Urban Music
BBC’s 1Xtra gave Ed Sheeran a pretty lofty distinction over the weekend when the singer-songwriter topped its recent power list.
Just one problem: the list was profiling the station’s pick for the most powerful people in Great Britain’s black and urban music scene, and some folks aren’t happy that Sheeran — who is white — is top dog.
The list, released last Friday (July 11), was compiled for the first time, creating a list of who the station, BBC’s top station for urban radio, consider the “most important UK artists on the scene over the last 12 months.”
Sheeran topped the list and was followed closely by DJ duo Disclosure, both of whom are also white.
The ranking has, according to Buzzfeed, caused some discontent, listing Twitter reactions from people who did not agree with, as one user, journalist Sam Diss, put it, a “really, really super white dude” who was “named the most powerful man in black music today.”
Glad to see a really, really super white dude named the most powerful man in black music today. nme.com/news/ed-sheera…—
Sam Diss (@SamDiss) July 14, 2014
Wiley, a British rapper who placed 16th on the list, was also clear in his unhappiness with certain inclusions on the list, Sheeran chief among them.
I've never been influenced by a white artist to make black music . #Never.—
Wiley (@WileyUpdates) July 14, 2014