London Grammar’s Hannah Reid on Radio 1 tweet: ‘Putting my looks up for debate was wrong’

Singer responds to sexist tweet posted in September

Hannah Reid of London Grammar has spoken about the sexist tweet about her sent by BBC Radio 1 earlier this year for the first time.

In September, Radio 1 were forced to apologise for a tweet sent from the account of Nick Grimshaw’s Breakfast Show which asked listeners if they thought Reid was “fit”.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, staff from the station’s Breakfast Show posted a picture of the trio alongside the comment: “We all think that the girl from @londongrammar is fit. Let us know if you agree on 81199 #ladz”. After receiving a number of complaints, they wrote an apology, saying it was meant to be ‘ironic’: “Our tweet earlier about Hannah from @londongrammar was meant to be ironic, but we got it wrong. We’re sorry.”

Speaking to The Observer, Reid was critical of the situation and discussed how it highlights the everyday sexism that many female artists face in the music industry. “I think it’s the first thing that’s happened where I felt out of control,” she said. “I think they could have said much worse and more sexist things, but asking people to text in if they agree… Putting my looks up for debate was wrong. And it’s just how casual it was. It does say something about casual sexism.”

London Grammar will tour the UK in February next year. The band, who recently missed out on a Mercury Prize nomination despite being favourites for the award prior to the shortlist announcement, will play 14 gigs during the tour, including a show at London’s Troxy. London Grammar released their debut album ‘If You Wait’ on September 9 and saw it debut in the Official Album Chart at Number Two, behind Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’.

Starting in Cardiff on January 28, London Grammar will then play gigs in Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Brighton, London, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bournemouth and Birmingham before ending the jaunt in Bristol on February 17. Scroll down to see the full list of dates.

London Grammar will play:

Cardiff Solus (January 28)
Manchester Academy (29)
Nottingham Rock City (31)
Cambridge Corn City (February 1)
Brighton Dome (3)
London Troxy (4)
Liverpool O2 Academy (7)
Sheffield O2 Academy (8)
Newcastle Northumbria University (10)
Glasgow O2 ABC (11)
Leeds O2 Academy (12)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (15)
Birmingham O2 Academy (16)
Bristol O2 Academy (17)

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