The Brit Awards, the UK’s biggest music awards, will discard the female and male categories from next year, awarding gender-neutral awards to local and international artists, organizers informed this Monday (20).
Now musicians will compete for Artist of the Year or International Artist of the Year at the annual ceremony, which will take place on February 8, 2022.
“It’s important that the Brits continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible,” Brits new president and Polydor Records co-chair Tom March said in a statement.
“It seems to be just the right time to celebrate the achievements of artists for the music they create, and the work they do, regardless of genre.”
The Brit follows in the footsteps of other awards or events that have discarded gender ratings.
In September, the San Sebastián Film Festival presented its first gender-neutral award for best acting to joint winners Jessica Chastain and Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl.
Next year’s Brit, the 42nd edition of the awards, will also expand the nominations for guest artists in the coveted song of the year category. To date, only top artists or nominated contributors have been recognized as contestants for the award.
Four awards will be added to illustrate the variety of styles, alternative/rock, hip-hop/grime/rap, dance and pop/R’n’B, all chosen by the audience.
Reference: CNN Brasil