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Sam Smith excluded from gender categories at Brit Awards 2021 | Brit awards


Sam Smith, the pop singer whose gender identity is not binary, has been excluded from the gender categories at the 2021 Brit Awards.

The award system has maintained its regular artist categories, with awards for British male soloists and British female soloists. That means there is no room for Smith, who has used them and them as pronouns since he came out as non-binary in September 2019. They said at the time: “After a lifetime of war with my gender, I have decided embrace me for who I am, inside and out. “

His album Love Goes is eligible for the British album of the year award. It reached No.2 on the UK chart on its release in October 2020, and remained in the Top 40 until last week.

In a statement on InstagramSmith said: “The British have been an important part of my career… For me, music has always been a unification, not a division. I hope there will come a time when the award shows reflect the society in which we live. Let’s celebrate everyone regardless of gender, race, age, ability, sexuality and class. “

A spokesperson for the Brit Awards later responded, saying: “Sam is an extraordinary British artist and we agree with what they said today. The British are committed to the evolution of the show and the genre categories are heavily under review. But any change made to be more inclusive should be just that: If a change inadvertently leads to less inclusion, it runs the risk of being counterproductive to diversity and equality. We need to consult more widely before making changes to make sure we get it right. ”

Earlier, in a message to Academy voters, the organizers said: “Looking to the future, we still have a lot of work to do in the next few years to evolve the British.”

Smith is one of the most successful British pop artists of the last decade. His 2014 debut album, In the Lonely Hour, peaked at number 1 in the UK and spent 69 consecutive weeks in the Top 10; His 2017 follow-up, The Thrill of It All, also reached No. 1. Smith has had seven UK No. 1 singles, including guest stars with other artists, and won an Oscar in 2016 for the James Bond theme, Writing’s. on the Wall.

They had previously won three Brit Awards, out of 12 nominations: the Critics’ Choice Award (now Rising Star) in 2014, and the British Act and Global Success Award in 2015. Before coming out as non-binaries, they were nominated. twice. for British male soloist, in 2015 and 2019.

The awards have made changes to the eligibility criteria this year, allowing non-British citizens to be nominated in British categories provided they have been permanent residents for more than five years.

The change means that pop singer Rina Sawayama, who has Japanese citizenship but has lived in the UK for more than 25 years, is eligible and has been nominated for the rising star award alongside rapper Pa Salieu and the pop singer Griff. She was deemed ineligible for the 2020 Mercury Award on citizenship grounds, a decision she described as “very concerning.” The Mercury Prize has also now updated its eligibility criteria to match that of the British.

This year’s Brit awards ceremony will take place on May 11, after being postponed from its usual February due to the coronavirus pandemic.




www.theguardian.com

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