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Gender neutral Brit Awards sees only men nominated in top category

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The artist of the year nominees for the 2023 Brit Awards are all male, after organisers opted to make the category gender-neutral.

Last year, the best male and best female categories were scrapped and replaced with a single award honouring artists “irrespective of gender”.

At the time, critics warned that the move could be detrimental to women.

This year’s best artist nominees are Stormzy, Harry Styles, George Ezra, Fred again.. and Central Cee.

The album of the year category is also dominated by men, with Wet Leg the only female act out of contenders. The international artist of the year award is more mixed, and the list features Beyonce, Lizzo and Taylor Swift.

At the inaugural gender-neutral ceremony last year, Adele won artist of the year and said in her speech: “I understand why the name of this award has changed but I really love being a woman and being a female artist.”

Critics of the change included Nadine Dorries, then Culture Secretary, who said last year: “I think it sounds quite a sad decision. I would like to see how that would work in terms of fair gender representation.

“If I wanted to look at who used to win at awards for novels, and many things in the past, men always dominated. My concern would be that women weren’t being fairly presented.

“I would just be concerned on the gender balance issue, whereas we know we’re going to get best female artist, best female producer, whatever. I’d be concerned that in the future, women weren’t fairly represented at these awards.”

The British Independent Film Awards and the Whatsonstage Awards have also introduced gender-neutral performance categories, with organisers of the Baftas and Oscars said to be considering the issue.

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The artist of the year nominees for the 2023 Brit Awards are all male, after organisers opted to make the category gender-neutral. Last year, the best male and best female categories were scrapped and replaced with a single award honouring artists “irrespective of gender”. “I would just be concerned on the gender balance issue, whereas we know we’re going to get best female artist, best female producer, whatever.

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