In a Male-Dominated Line-Up, Only One Female Singer Nominated for Brit Awards

Brit Award Nomination 2020
Brit Award Nomination 2020

Only one British woman, Mabel has been nominated out of 25 available slots in mixed-gender categories. There’s criticism about the number of female stars, for big awards.

Pop singer Mabel was nominated for best new artist and best song for Don’t Call Me Up, but the nine other song nominees and four other new artist nominees are solo British males.

All five of the nominees for the top prize, best British album, are solo male artists: Stormzy, Michael Kiwanuka, Lewis Capaldi, Dave, and Harry Styles. This shows heavily in favour of solo men.

The Brit awards, now in their 40th year, take place at London’s O2 Arena on 18 February.

The line-up, which is, of course, incredibly disappointing, has prompted widespread criticism online, with many people taking to Twitter to share their frustration.

“Where are the women nominated at the Brits… like, did no women make any music this year or something?” singer-songwriter Honeyblood wrote.

“Don’t give me your bullshit about nominating the ‘best’ artists. This is a perfect example of a platform who could use their reach to mobilise change,”he added.

Here is a full list of the nominees in all the categories:

Group of the year
Coldplay
Foals
Bring Me the Horizon
D-Block Europe
Bastille

Female solo artist
Mabel
Freya Ridings
FKA twigs
Charli XCX
Mahalia

Male solo artist
Harry Styles
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Michael Kiwanuka
Stormzy

New artist
Aitch
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Mabel
Sam Fender

Song of the Year
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant
Dave ft Burna Boy – Location
Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Tom Walker – Just You and I
Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With a Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop

International female solo artist
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Camila Cabello
Lana Del Rey
Lizzo

International male solo artist
Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Tyler, the Creator
Dermot Kennedy
Post Malone

Album of the year
Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
Dave – Psychodrama
Harry Styles – Fine Line

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