Grime star Stormzy has apologised to Skunk Anansie for erroneously saying he was the first black British artist to headline Glastonbury.

The London-born star tweeted the claim ahead of his Friday night slot on the Pyramid Stage.

He added: "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.

Stormzy: "No disrespect intended I'm very sorry my apologies! Thank you for paving the way - love & respect."

"I'm overwhelmed with emotions. This is the most surreal feeling I've ever experienced. I feel my entire life has led to this moment."

Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, apologised to Skin, the lead singer of Skunk Anansie, in a tweet on Monday.

He tweeted: "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".

Stormzy also included a heart emoji at the end of his message.

Skin, real name Deborah Anne Dyer, rebutted his claims in an Instagram post at the weekend.

She wrote: "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. ps. Real question is why it took 20 years! "


Stormzy replied to her post on Instagram writing: "No disrespect intended I'm very sorry my apologies! Thank you for paving the way - love & respect."

According to the Skunk Anansie's official biography, just a year after they had formed, in 1995, they made their Glastonbury debut on one of the smaller stages and then in 1999 were a headline act on the Pyramid Stage.

Other headline acts that year included much-missed US band R.E.M. and Welsh firebrands The Manic Street Preachers.

Skunk Anansie, whose hits include Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good), Brazen (Weep) and Weak, are currently on tour in Europe and the UK.