Grace Jones Steps In For M.i.a. At Afropunk London

  • 20 July 2016

The Paper Planes star faced criticism over comments she made in April (16) about the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., which aims to raise awareness about the police brutality many African-Americans face.

Despite previously defending her performance and comments, festival-goers still threatened to boycott the Afropunk event, which showcases alternative black culture.

M.i.a. took to Twitter last month (Jun16) and announced she was no longer performing at the festival, suggesting she had been uninvited to the big gig, writing, "I've been told to stay in my lane. Ha there is no lane for 65mil (65 million) refugees who's lanes are blown up! #nolanes".

On Tuesday (19Jul16), organisers finally confirmed she had been removed from the line-up, and instead revealed provocative pop star Jones will now headline the event.

A statement from Afropunk bosses reads: "We are excited and honored to do our first Afropunk Festival in London and want to do it right. After discussing the situation with the artist and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that Mia will no longer headline Afropunk London.

"A key part of the Afropunk ethos has always been educating one another, breaking down boundaries and sparking conversation about race, gender, religion, sex, culture and everything that makes life worth living.

"This exchange has meant receiving wisdom, as well as imparting it in the most respectful way possible, with the participation of our entire community of fans, creators and artists. This community is something we are incredibly proud of, and this community will always be a priority for us."

Jones, who headlined the festival for the U.S. iteration in Brooklyn, New York last year (15), will be joined by artists such as Laura Mvula, SZA, Kwabs, and MNEK for the 24 September (16) event.