Jay-Z Gets Thumbs Up from Noel Gallagher

07/04/2008 at 02:00 PM EDT

Jay-Z Gets Thumbs Up from Noel Gallagher
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Jay-Z's controversial appearance at Glastonbury has been given two thumbs up – by the man who questioned hip-hop's place at the English music festival.

The rapper's headlining act was blamed for initially slow ticket sales at the Glastonbury Festival. And one of his fiercest critics was rocker Noel Gallagher of Oasis, who told the BBC: "I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong."

But on Friday Gallagher, 41, was singing an altogether different tune. "I thought it was great. I love Jay-Z," he told PEOPLE at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London, where Oasis received the top honor. "The thing is, I was actually giving my opinion about ticket sales at Glastonbury. And it really wasn't about hip-hop or anything like that."

Perhaps Jay-Z's homage to the Oasis guitarist helped: he opened his performance last Saturday by coming on stage with a guitar and playing a cover of the Oasis hit "Wonderwall," which Gallagher wrote.

Of Jay-Z's version Gallagher said, "I only caught the second half of his set. But everyone says it was great."

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