Nominations for the now nongendered Brit Awards include more female nominees than any other time in the past decade. Plus, ABBA returns with their first Brit Award nomination since the inaugural 1977 ceremony.
Awarded along gender lines since 1977, organisers promised a review following complaints that gender-based awards excluded non-binary artists.
Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesperson for awards organiser BPI said that artists like Adele and Ed Sheeran should be able to compete head-to-head.
“If you were starting the awards from scratch today, you’d probably do it on these terms.”
From this year, the Brit Awards will combine the male and female categories into a single prize for best British artist. The same will also happen with the award for best international artist.
The nominations announced overnight see Adele, Ed Sheeran, Little Simz and Dave tied for the most nominations with four each. Singer-songwriter Sam Fender along with rap newcomer Central Cee receive three nominations each.
ABBA’s 2021 release Voyage achieved a nomination for best International Album. But the Swedish supergroup faces stiff competition from BTS, Måneskin, The War On Drugs and Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s Silk Sonic.
“It’s good to see the Brits continuing to make progress to a more inclusive awards show that puts talent first.”
The 2022 awards will also feature new awards for the best pop, rock, dance and hip-hop acts of the year, all determined by a public vote via TikTok.
Comedian Mo Gilligan hosts the Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena on 8 February 2022.
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