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Celebration of artistic works: Brit Awards go gender-neutral in 2022

Nov 25, 2021, 9:10 AM
Heloise Diamante

Heloise Diamante

Writer

The change makes Dua Lipa and J Hus the last in history to win best female and male artists at the Brit Awards.

STARTING next year, artists will compete for artist of the year and international artist of the year awards at the annual Brit Awards, or Britain’s pop music awards.

This, after the organizers announced to scrap the male and female categories.

According to the organizers, the change will celebrate artists “solely for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify or as others may see them.”

Also announced are four new awards for different genres, to be decided by public votes: alternative/ rock act, hip hop/grime/rap act, dance act, and pop/R’n’B act.

The change followed the call of several performers such as Sam Smith and Will Young, saying the current system excludes non-binary artists.

Several other award programs have also made the change recently including next month’s The Gotham Awards, which recognizes the best in independent film and television.

The Lucille Lortel Awards, which honors achievement in New York’s Off-Broadway community,will be making the change starting 2022.

In September, the San Sebastian Film Festival presented Jessica Chastain and Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl with the first-ever gender-neutral acting award for best leading performance.

While the ARIA Awards, Australia’s own music awards, made the change this year during their recently concluded ceremony this week.

The 2022 Brit Awards ceremony will be held on February 8, at London’s O2 Arena, hosted by comedian Mo Gilligan.

Tags: #britawards, #awardprograms, #genderneutral


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