Ed Sheeran Has Been Voted The Most Important Act In Black And Urban Music

Which raises the question… WTF?

BBC’s 1Xtra has voted Ed Sheeran the “most important UK artist in the black and urban music scene”.

Gus Ruelas / Reuters

The highest-placed black artist in the list was rapper Tinie Tempah in the third spot. At number two were Disclosure, who are two white brothers called Guy and Howard Lawrence, with white singer Sam Smith in fourth place.

A BBC spokesperson explained the decision:


Artists were considered on variables such as sales statistics, quality of music and impact across the wider industry – it is not about the colour of someone’s skin.

Here is 1Xtra Power List in full:


1. Ed Sheeran
2. Disclosure
3. Tinie Tempah
4. Sam Smith
5. Rudimental
6. Emeli Sande
7. Naughty Boy
8. Katy B
9. Krept & Konan
10. Fuse ODG
11. Boy Better Know
12. Rita Ora
13. Lethal Bizzle
14. DJ Fresh
15. Jessie J
16. Wiley
17. Giggs
18. Laura Mvula
19. Wretch 32
20. Dizzee Rascal

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