Loyle is up for Best British Breakthrough Act at this year’s Brits, and along with his fellow nominees, had been booked to perform live on Radio 1 in the lead-up to the ceremony next week.
However, on Thursday morning (15 February), Loyle tweeted that he had cancelled his appearance on the Radio 1 show, as producers had refused all three of his suggestions of songs he’d like to cover.
He wrote: “Sadly I won’t be in the live lounge today. Even though I wrote [down] 3 covers… I was told none of them were ‘big enough hits’.”
Loyle also named his proposed songs as ‘FEEL.’ by Best International Male nominee Kendrick Lamar, ‘30 Hours’ by three-time Brit Award winner Kanye West and ‘The Score’ by The Fugees.
Loyle later liked a post from one fan who noted: “[Radio 1] plays the same shit all day everyday then when an artist comes in to perform live and tries something different they don’t allow him to do it.”
A Radio 1 spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “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.”
We have also reached out to Loyle Carner’s representatives for further comment.
Loyle - whose debut album was nominated for the Mercury Prize last year - is up against stiff competition from Dave, Dua Lipa, J Hus and Sampha in the British Breakthrough category.
The hip-hop performer is also up for Best British Male, alongside Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Rag’n’Bone Man and Stormzy.