Stormzy has issued an apology to Skunk Anansie after claiming he was the “first black British artist to headline Glastonbury” following his momentous performance on Friday night.
Stormzy’s landmark headline set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage has been lauded as a momentous moment as the grime artist addressed politics, society, equality and more with his music.
Prior to his performance, Stormzy took to social media to describe his emotions: “I am the first black British artist to headline Glastonbury. 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. I’m overwhelmed with emotions, this is the most surreal feeling I’ve ever experienced,” he wrote.
However, Skunk Anansie lead singer Deborah Anne Dyer—known by her stage name of ‘Skin’—has refuted his claims by saying: “Sorry Stormzy but we beat you to it in 1999! 20 years ago!” I na post from their official Instagram page. “And while we’re on topic, I was the first black Woman too! Beyonce,” she added.
She continued: “Wishing you an awesome nite tho, Kill it! You’re amazing and we’re all very proud… Real question is why it took 20 years!”
On reflection, Stormzy has offered a sincere apology to Skin for his minor error. “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 said in a post on social media.