BBC Radio station 1Xtra recently chose Ed as the most important British artist in urban music. 1Xtra, which describes itself as "the UK's leading black music station," released its list of the most "important UK artists in the scene." Ed topped the list of 20 artists, who were submitted by radio listeners. The winner was also chosen by 1Xtra DJs, and based on things such as, "sales statistics, plus more subjective areas like the quality of music and impact across the wider industry."
Rapper Wiley, who came in at No. 16 on the list, slammed the station and its decision on Twitter saying the list is, "the saddest list in music history."
"Not taking anything away from Ed. He is sick. But black artists in England we are getting bumped," he continued. "We influence a man and all of a sudden it turns he has influenced us."
Ed wasn't the only "white" artist to make the list. Jessie J and Rita Ora did too. Do you think Ed deserves the title? Chime in.