With the recent work of the Brit Awards bringing about new change with nominees, hosts and artists … they also see gender categories being scrapped in next years’ global industry awards show that is set to take place in February.
After Sam Smith came out as non-binary in 2019, the discussions of commercial music awards have been re-hauled and flipped as we see gender-neutral categories take a debut stand, in an effort to simply not see women being overlooked in an industry ripen with male domination through every sector. The first nominations under this new category-regime actually sees the most female nominees in the decade with the power of music heroines rising again in our industry.
But with many seeing this typically “woke” and absurd to the standard rules of society as we see fit, many see it in a step in the right direction for a changing world in how we see each other … and how we see ourselves. Although it may cause initial confusion and possible idiocy among something we don’t understand, I believe this is just a case of “no harm, no foul” – especially if it comes off as music artists feeling more comfortable in an industry that does every effort to do the exact opposite.
But, should the gender categories be scrapped? Seeing a THEM category as opposed to MEN and FEMALE categories that is formidably more accurate, are we just not ready [or accepting of it] yet?
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