Blighty Beat

The BRIT Awards has scrapped its female and male categories to make the show as inclusive and relevant as possible. In addition, there will be four new genre awards for 2022’s ceremony.

Artist of the Year will replace the British Male Solo Artist and British Female Solo Artist awards, while International Artist of the Year will replace the same gendered international categories. The four new genre awards are: Alternative/Rock Act, Pop/R&B Act, Dance Act and Hip Hop/Rap/Grime Act.

“It is important that The BRITs continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible,” Tom March, BRIT Chair and Co-President of Polydor Records, said. “It feels completely the right time to celebrate the achievements of artists for the music that they create, and the work that they do, irrespective of gender."

In March, Sam Smith, who identifies as non-binary, highlighted the issue with gendered awards by not being eligible for inclusion in them. The BRITs responded saying the categories were very much “under review.”

In addition, Breakthrough Artist has become Best New Artist and “British” has been removed from categories including Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. There will also be honorary awards given for Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

The BRIT Awards 2022 will take place on 2/8 at The O2 Arena in London. Nominations will be announced in December.