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The awards, which happen in London subsequent month, confronted backlash after nominations had been introduced as a result of all of this 12 months’s Artist Of The Yr nominees being male, with Central Cee, Fred once more.., George Ezra, Stormzy and Harry Kinds all making the shortlist.
That is the second 12 months that the awards have deserted gender classes in favour of gender impartial ones, however when it was revealed that the UK Artist Of The Yr class was all-male, the awards had been criticised by followers and figures from throughout the leisure business.
Smith, who’s non-binary and known as for the introduction of gender-neutral classes in 2021, mentioned it’s “a disgrace” to see solely male nominees, including to The Sunday Instances: “Issues are transferring ahead, however it’s apparent it’s not there but. From seeing that [Best Artist] listing, there may be nonetheless an extended method to go.”
“It’s extremely irritating,” Smith added. “It feels prefer it must be straightforward to do. [The Brits] simply should have fun everybody as a result of this isn’t nearly artists getting awards. Awards are for youths watching on TV, considering, ‘I could make music like this.’
“Once I was younger, if I’d seen extra queer individuals at these awards it might have lit my coronary heart. Awards are there to encourage.”
Following the announcement of the nominations, a number of artists additionally hit out at The BRITs over the dearth of R&B illustration within the Pop/R&B class, together with Mahalia.
“I’m sorry however UK R&B proper now’s THRIVING,” the singer tweeted. “Neglect placing us on this class. Give us our personal!!!!! What number of instances do now we have to scream at you?”
She added: “Successful awards isn’t the rationale why we make and launch music. We do that shit out of affection. However, at this level, it’s nothing in need of disrespectful.”
Earlier this month it was confirmed that Harry Kinds would additionally be performing on the BRIT Awards alongside Sam Smith and Kim Petras (performing their collaboration ‘Unholy’ collectively), and Moist Leg. Cat Burns was then added to the line-up final week.