Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards admits The Saturdays were cut from Brits speech as she’s confronted by Mollie King

LITTLE Mix's Perrie Edwards has admitted that The Saturdays were cut from their Brit Awards acceptance speech after she was confronted by Mollie King.

The girl group delivered an empowering speech listing the girl groups that came before them as they made history at the glitzy London ceremony last week.

But while four British bands were namechecked, The Saturdays did not get a mention – with pregnant Perrie forced to awkwardly address the snub live on air.

BBC Radio 1 presenter Matt Edmondson surprised co-host and former Saturdays' star Mollie with a phonecall from Perrie on their show today.

He immediately addressed the elephant in the room, saying: "Hi Perrie from Little Mix! Now I don't want to make this too awkward, I want to make it a bit awkward but not too awkward.

"Let's remind ourselves of the brilliant speech thanking the many giants who came before you…."

Quoting the much-praised speech, he went on: "Spice Girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud, all incredible female bands. Hmmm… Is there anyone in there you think might be missing?"

Perrie immediately knew what he was getting at and had her defence ready, insisting that she and her bandmates Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock were forced to keep the list concise so agreed to just name four bands before moving on.

She said: "You know what, in the dressing room I did flag this and say we would have to list The Saturdays and then Jade said what about Banarama? What about all the greats?

"And then everyone was like you can't stand there and list every single girl band – just do four and move on… Honestly Mollie, I had your back. Don't you worry."

While Mollie graciously dismissed the scandal, Matt stirred the pot by claiming it was "worse" that Little Mix made the active decision to cull the girls.

He argued: "I think that makes it worse. It was considered and they were cut."

Little Mix were overwhelmed when they became the first ever girl group to win the Best British Band Brit last week.

They touched hearts across the music industry as they shouted out the snubbed bands who came before them, saying on the podium: "The fact that a girl band has never won this award really does speak volumes.

"This award isn’t just for us, it’s for The Spice Girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud. All of the incredible, incredible female bands – this one’s for you."

Many of the members from the acknowledged bands took to social media to thank Little Mix for bringing them up, with former Spice Girl Geri Horner even sending flowers.

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