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Brit Awards organisers set to overview gender-neutral prizes following backlash

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The nominations for this yr’s Brit Awards have sparked large debate on-line after no girls have been nominated for the Greatest Artist class. 

All 5 nominees for the prize are males: Stormzy, Central Cee, Fred Once more, George Ezra and Harry Types. 

This comes after the Brit Awards made a landmark transfer in 2021 to remove gendered classes in an effort to be extra inclusive, following calls from artists comparable to Sam Smith and Will Younger to make the award present gender-neutral. 

Sam Smith, who got here out as non-binary in 2019 and makes use of they/them pronouns, was routinely excluded from that yr’s Greatest British Male and Feminine classes, regardless of being a extremely profitable artist who would usually be thought of for such prizes. 

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Whereas final yr’s gender-neutral Greatest Artist prize was received by Adele, many on social media are calling this yr’s nominations a step again in progress and a snub to feminine artists like Charlie XCX, Florence + The Machine and Mabel, who have been all eligible for a nomination and loved high-profile releases in 2022. 

As a way to be eligible, an artist will need to have achieved not less than one high 40 album or two high 20 singles that have been launched between 10 December 2021 and 9 December 2022.

And whereas girls outnumber males within the Greatest New Artist class (beforehand received by Little Simz) and two female-led bands, Moist Leg and Nova Twins, earned spots within the Group of the Yr class, 4 out of 5 nominees for the coveted Album of the Yr prize are males. 

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A Brits Awards spokesperson responded to the controversy in an interview, saying: “Whereas it is disappointing there aren’t any nominations within the Artist of the Yr class, we additionally must recognise that 2022 noticed fewer excessive profile girls artists in cycle with main releases, as was the case in 2021.” 

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Sam Smith has responded to the controversy over the male-dominated Greatest Artist class. 

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“Issues are transferring ahead, but it surely’s apparent it isn’t there but. From seeing that [best artist] listing, there may be nonetheless an extended strategy to go,” they mentioned in a latest interview. 

The Brit Awards’ organisers reportedly plan to guage their choice to undertake gender-neutral prizes as a part of their annual overview after the upcoming ceremony, which takes place on 11 February. 

Music business physique BPI (British Phonographic Trade) is “already finishing up a serious examine to determine limitations that will inhibit extra girls turning into profitable in music, in order that there might be options that lead to significant change”.

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