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
Bring Me the Horizon
Female solo artist
Male solo artist
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
Lana Del Rey
International male solo artist
Tyler, the Creator
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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