He made history as the first black male solo artist to headline Glastonbury.
However, Stormzy has apologised to Skin from Skunk Anansie for claiming that he was the first black artist to headline Glastonbury.
The Grime rapper, 25, took to Twitter to offer his apology to the singer- real name Deborah Anne Dyer- after being informed that her band had headlined the festival 20 years before, in 1999.
Got it wrong: Stormzy has apologised to Skin from Skunk Anansie for claiming he was the first black British artist to headline Glastonbury on Monday
Stormzy wrote: ‘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 ! ❤️ @skinskinny’
This comes shortly after Skin called him out on social media, as she screenshotted a photo of his original post, which read: ‘I an first black British artist to headline Glastonbury. [sic]
‘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.’
Sorry: The rapper took to Twitter to offer his apology to the singer- real name Deborah Anne Dyer- after being informed that her band had headlined the festival 20 years before, in 1999
Salute: Stormzy wrote: ‘No disrespect intended and MASSIVE salute to you – my apologies ! ❤️ @skinskinny’
She responded: ‘Sorry Stormzy but we beat you to it in 1999! 20 years ago! And while we’re on topic, I was the first black Woman too! @beyonce.
‘Wishing you an awesome nite tho, Kill it! You’re amazing and we’re all very proud @musicweekinsta @stormzy @bbcnews @glastofest @bbc6music ps. The big question is why it took 20years!’
Stormzy put on a powerful performance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in a Union Jack stab-proof vest on Friday night.
Throwback: Skin performed with her band twenty years ago, with the singer becoming the first black woman to headline the festival
The rapper- real name Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr.- made a bold statement against knife crime in London with his attire.
Keeping his stab-proof vest on for his first five songs, the grime artist also displayed a series of crime statistics in his third song First Things First.
The musician wanted fans to consider the series of violent incidents in the capital, where five killings took place in six days earlier this month.
Setting things straight: Skin called him out as she screenshotted a photo of his post on Instagram on Friday, correcting his claim to be the first black British artist to headline
Band: The singer is pictured with her band, Skunk Anansie at the Kerrang Awards in 2019
It comes as the capital’s murder toll for 2019 hit 61, after a teenager, believed to have been 18, was stabbed to death as he took cover in a shop in Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, figures showed that 22,041 knife or weapon offences were recorded in England and Wales in the past year – the highest number since 2010.
The musician started his show with Know Me From complete with flames and fireworks, and during his performance the grime artist featured a small clip of Jay Z offering him advice prior to his show and led the thousands of spectators through a call-and-response chorus.
Headliner: Stormzy earned a huge crowd on night one at the world-famous festival
Stormzy then brought on two ballet dancers for his song Don’t Cry For Me to highlight the racism that was found across all walks of life.
During their performance a screen behind the ballet dancers read: ‘Ballet shoes have not traditionally been made to match black skin tones. Until now.
‘Previously ballet dancers ‘pancaked’ their shoes with makeup. Now there are ballet shoes to match all skin tones. A huge leap forward for inclusion in the ballet world.’
Following his performance, anonymous street artist Banksy took to Instagram to reveal that he was behind the design of Stormzy’s stab proof vest.
The artist wrote: ‘I made a customised stab-proof vest and thought – who could possibly wear this? Stormzy at Glastonbury.’
The shocked rapper replied: ‘You’ll never know what this means to me. I feel like I am dreaming this is all a dream. Honoured, grateful, thank you, I don’t have any words for this. Tears of joy.’
The big reveal: Following his performance, anonymous street artist Banksy took to Instagram to reveal that he was behind the design of Stormzy’s stab proof vest
For the art: The artist wrote: ‘I made a customised stab-proof vest and thought – who could possibly wear this? Stormzy at Glastonbury.’