Stormzy Apologises To MNEK For ‘Replacing’ Him During Live Performance
30 October 2017, 14:37
MNEK labelled the move as "foul".
Stormzy has publicly apologised to MNEK after appearing to replace the singer during his live ITV performance on Saturday night, without MNEK's consent.
The Grime MC performed his track 'Blinded By Your Grace Part 2', which originally features the 22-year-old singer.
However, MNEK took to Twitter to describe how he returned home to find out that his part was instead being performed by fellow singer Labrinth without his knowledge.
At his replacement, the shocked singer tweeted: "sh*t's foul".
guys what do you do when youve come back from a date to find out that Labrinth was singing your song on X Factor instead of you? cos rn idk— MNEK (@MNEK) 29 October 2017
i haven't watched the performance yet btw how did he do?— MNEK (@MNEK) 29 October 2017
shit's foul— MNEK (@MNEK) 29 October 2017
Fans initially thought that MNEK was unable to perform with the rapper, but later suspected that Labrinth had been picked instead because he's signed to Simon Cowell's label, Syco.
In response, Stormzy attempted to clarify the situation in a series of tweets, explaining that the incident was down to miscommunication.
The rapper shared a screen-grab of a text conversation he had with his management, asking them to inform MNEK of the situation prior to the performance.
Gonna quickly clear up yesterday's situation with @MNEK not performing with me on The X Factor— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
First and foremost, MNEK is my bro and someone I HIGHLY respect and what he done on the song is unmatched.— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
We created some special moments when we performed BBYG Pt.2 @ Westfields and on the live lounge and with this campaign I'll be having...— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
quite a few TV moments where I'll be performing the song and saw this as an opportunity to present it in different ways...— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
and present it in different formats hence why I invited Lab to join me as a special guest— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
I spoke to my team a while back and told them to make M and his team aware of the plan because I didn't want any miscommunication— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
Here's the exact message I sent a while back and this'll probably put it into context pic.twitter.com/FAeRH6ocDo— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
I'll be performing on The Jonathon Ross show with him and there was never ever ever any sort of malice or disrespect intended— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
and I can fully fully understand why that looks FOUL. Fully understand. I would feel exactly the same so my apologies brother— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
I've spoke to M personally and let him know it's a major communication fuck up on my team's side and I fully understand how things may look— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
and disrespect and slyness is never my angle so sincere apologies to M and his whole team, never any disrespected intended.— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) 30 October 2017
MNEK is yet to respond publicly to Stormzy's apology.