Loyle Carner slams BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, pulls out of performance

He was supposed to be performing this lunchtime

Loyle Carner has slammed BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and pulled out of a scheduled performance, claiming he was told his choices of cover weren’t “big enough hits”.

The rapper was scheduled to appear on the show this lunchtime (February 15) at 12pm, but tweeted shortly before the scheduled appearance to announce his cancellation. Sadly I won’t be in the Live Lounge today,” he wrote, “Even though I wrote 3 covers.”

Confirming that he had arranged covers of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Feel’, Kanye West’s ’30 Hours’ and The Fugees’ ‘The Score’, he continued: “I was told none of them were “big enough hits”.”


The BBC said, in a statement released to NME: “This is a special Brits Live Lounge week and we have worked very closely with the Brits Breakthrough acts on selecting a cover track by a Brit Award winning artist which is familiar to a daytime Radio 1 audience.”

NME has reached out to a representative Loyle Carner for more information.

At last night’s VO5 NME Awards, Loyle used his acceptance speech for the Best British Solo Artist with VO5 award to hail ADHD as a “superpower”.

As he accepted the award for Best British Solo Artist, Carner paid tribute to people living with dyslexia and ADHD, after he previously documented his own experiences with the conditions.


Carner said: ” What the fuck! I didn’t see coming it all. This is for my mum and brother and my missus… If you’ve got ADHD and Dyslexia, keep answering back and keep answering questions. ADHD is a superpower.”


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