BBC says the UK’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards will no longer separate its categories by gender. The BRIT Awards announced Monday that it will combine its female and male artist of the year awards into one gender-neutral category.
Non-binary artists like Sam Smith and Will Young have been calling for this for a while since the gendered categories exclude non-binary artists. Sam Smith felt they couldn’t enter the awards this year because of this exclusion, even though their new album Love Goes hit #2 on the UK charts.
According to BBC, Smith called for the change, saying, “I look forward to a time where awards shows can be reflective of the society we live in. Let’s celebrate everybody, regardless of gender, race, age, ability, sexuality and class.”
Chairman of the BRIT Awards Tom March said it’s important to “evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible”.
The other change made by the BRIT Awards will be to reintroduce genre-based prizes.
Both changes will go into effect for next year’s awards show set for Feb. 8th, 2022 in London. Voting starts on December 10th.
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