Martin Solveig Apologizes For Asking Ada Hegerberg To 'Twerk' Following Historic Award

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French DJ and producer Martin Solveig has earned the ire of sports activities followers, feminists and Francophones throughout the web after he requested Ada Hegerberg, the primary feminine winner of the Ballon D'or, to twerk on stage. Hegerberg responded "no" earlier than instantly strolling off digital camera. Solveig has posted an apology video to social media.

For greater than 60 years, the Ballon D'or (or "golden ball") has been awarded to the very best male soccer participant on the planet. This 12 months marked the primary feminine class for the trophy. Hegerberg, who performs for France's Olympique Lyonnais, took the prize from a pool of 15 nominees. A video shared on-line of the reception incudes audio of Solveig's ask, in French. In his apology, Solveig blames "a distortion of my English stage."

"I’m a little bit bit amazed as to what I’m studying on the web," he says. "I in fact didn’t wish to typically anybody. This comes from a distortion of my English stage and my English cultural stage, which is clearly not sufficient, as a result of I didn’t imply to offend anybody, and I didn’t know that this may very well be seen as such an offense, particularly if you happen to think about the sequence in complete once we ended up dancing (to) Frank Sinatra; Ada and myself. This was a joke, in all probability a foul one, and I wish to apologize."

Solveig is known for hits together with "Hello" that includes Dragonette, "Intoxicated" with GTA and extra. Solveig and his group have declined additional remark. Billboard Dance has reached out to Hegerberg's group for remark. See a clip of the occasion and Solveig's apology beneath.