Staff Writerrapper Tinie Tempah, followed by Sam Smith, who's also white. People have reacteded to this list on Twitter, including journalist Sam Diss. https://twitter.com/SamDiss/status/488628196771115008 Even Wiley, the British rapper in the 16th spot, responded to the news in several tweets. https://twitter.com/WileyUpdates/status/488617209669746688 https://twitter.com/WileyUpdates/status/488617457792188417 https://twitter.com/WileyUpdates/status/488619053481598976 https://twitter.com/WileyUpdates/status/488619386937147392 BBC spokesperson explained their 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.Meanwhile Ed Sheeran replied to 1Xtra on Twitter presenting his thanks, but he did not comment on the controversy surrounding.
@1Xtra legends, thank you for that, il see you very soon — Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 11, 2014Here is the full list:
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
Ed Sheeran's latest album X was released last month.
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