THE Brit Awards is planning to axe gendered categories.
Bosses want to scrap the British Female and British Male Solo Artist classifications in 2021.
The aim is to avoid defining people by their sex at the annual music awards.
It comes just days after singer Sam Smith, 27, said he wants to be referred to as “they” rather than “him” after coming out as non-binary in March.
A music industry source said: “Bosses are listening to changes happening in the industry. The categories will evolve in the coming years.
“The male and female categories will still be in place next February but changes are being planned for the following year. Organisers will be consulting labels and artists alike to work out what is best for the future of the Brits ceremony.”
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There were concerns that the planned changes could marginalise female artists if a single Solo Artist category is created. Jess Glynne, 29, and Dua Lipa, 24, were the only British women in a mid-year chart update of the 20 best-selling albums of 2019.
Paloma Faith, 38, slammed last year’s Brit Awards for having more men performing than women.
The Grammy Awards cut their gendered categories in 2012. They have since been criticised for failing to recognise women.
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