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

Which raises the question... WTF?

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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.

When 1Xtra, which is labelled "the UK’s leading black music station", released the list, it was met with a fair bit of shock online.

Glad to see a really, really super white dude named the most powerful man in black music today. http://t.co/uO9T8lNKBt

Sam Diss@SamDiss

Glad to see a really, really super white dude named the most powerful man in black music today. http://t.co/uO9T8lNKBt

11:16 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hold on, this 1Xtra Ed Sheeran "most powerful figure in black and urban music" thing wasn't a hoax!?

Abi Wilkinson@AbiWilks

Hold on, this 1Xtra Ed Sheeran "most powerful figure in black and urban music" thing wasn't a hoax!?

11:15 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As Ed Sheeran is ‘the most important person in black & urban music right now’ (BBC), isn’t it time to forget these outdated definitions?

James Lewis@JLewisland

As Ed Sheeran is ‘the most important person in black & urban music right now’ (BBC), isn’t it time to forget these outdated definitions?

11:45 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ed Sheeran? Seriously, @1Xtra get your shit the fuck together.

Mae @ConnieLingusss

Ed Sheeran? Seriously, @1Xtra get your shit the fuck together.

11:42 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"@NME: Ed Sheeran named most powerful figure in black and urban music by 1Xtra http://t.co/k95rDmQkCu" am I colour blind?

Z0MB13@Deon_RSWT

"@NME: Ed Sheeran named most powerful figure in black and urban music by 1Xtra http://t.co/k95rDmQkCu" am I colour blind?

4:51 PM - 12 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And even Wiley, who was 16th (out of 20), was confused by the choice.

I've never been influenced by a white artist to make black music . #Never.

Wiley@WileyUpdates

I've never been influenced by a white artist to make black music . #Never.

10:33 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's nothing to do with a race card it's to do with "Don't lie and pretend who influences who"

Wiley@WileyUpdates

It's nothing to do with a race card it's to do with "Don't lie and pretend who influences who"

10:34 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A man wrote for one direction so let him me be the most influential artist to people like them but not us .

Wiley@WileyUpdates

A man wrote for one direction so let him me be the most influential artist to people like them but not us .

10:40 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Im not bitter fam I just sold a Likkle million records myself but this reminds me of when plan b won best grime/HipHop artist at mobo .

Wiley@WileyUpdates

Im not bitter fam I just sold a Likkle million records myself but this reminds me of when plan b won best grime/HipHop artist at mobo .

10:41 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We have been bumped basically .Not taking anything away from ed ..he is sick . but black artist in england we are getting bumped.

Wiley@WileyUpdates

We have been bumped basically .Not taking anything away from ed ..he is sick . but black artist in england we are getting bumped.

11:39 AM - 12 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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