While The Brit Awards themselves are yet to make an official announcement, UK press are beginning to circulate the news that the music event is planning on scrapping their gendered award categories in a bid to be more inclusive of the non-binary community.
Reported by The Sun, the move is reflective of a more inclusive music industry. A ‘source’ has said the organisers behind The Brits are acknowledging the changes in industry attitudes.
“The male and female categories will still be in place next February, but changes are being planned for the following year.” it has been reported.
“Organisers will be consulting labels and artists alike to work out what is best for the future of The Brits ceremony.”
The Grammy Awards have been without male and female categories since 2012, making the event one of the only major ones of its kind to make the move. As of 2019, the ARIA Awards still has awards for Female Artist and Male Artist.
Just a week ago, Sam Smith announced their non-binary pronoun change, explaining their decision to fans on social media.
“I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think, but fuck it!” they posted to Twitter.
“I understand there will be many mistakes and mis-gendering, but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.”