The BRIT Awards has announced this year’s nominees, including an all-male selection for its top award, Artist of the Year.
In 2022, the awards show abandoned gendered categories such as British Female Artist and British Male Artist for the first time, merging the awards together to create the singular Artist of the Year.
The Pop/R&B Act award has also been criticised for a lack of R&B artists.
Harry Styles and Wet Leg are leading with four nominations each, including the Best Album award that also has Fred again..,The 1975 and Stormzy nominated.
The BRIT Awards will take place on February 11 at The O2 Arena, London, hosted by Mo Gilligan.
The BRIT Awards have sent Mixmag the following statement: "This year’s BRITs promise to again showcase the very best of music talent from the UK and around the globe – with the nominations reflecting artists of all backgrounds and a wide breadth of music genres.
"Last year’s introduction of new categories aimed at making the awards even more inclusive, recognising exceptional work rather than how artists identify. It saw women artists thrive, winning 10 of the 15 awards on the night and Adele being crowned inaugural Artist of the Year.
"We are pleased to see Wet Leg leading the nominations with four nods and FLO winning the Rising Star, and artists such as Nova Twins also included in this year's shortlists, and while it’s disappointing there are no nominations in the Artist of the Year category, we also have to recognise that 2022 saw fewer high profile women artists in cycle with major releases as was the case in 2021.
The BRITs statement concludes: "These trends based around the release schedule are a feature of the music industry, but if, over time, a pattern emerges, then this puts the onus on the industry to deal with this important issue – and the BPI is already carrying out a major study to identify barriers that may inhibit more women becoming successful in music, so that there can be solutions that result in meaningful change.”
Check out the full list of nominations below.
Album of the Year
The 1975 ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’
Wet Leg ‘Wet Leg’
Harry Styles ‘Harry’s House’
Stormzy ‘This Is What I Mean’
Fred Again ‘Actual Life 3’
Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
Best New Artist
Song of the Year
Aitch and Ashanti ‘Baby’
Cat Burns ‘Go’
Ed Sheeran and Elton John ‘Merry Christmas’
Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal ‘B.O.T.A.’
George Ezra ‘Green Green Grass’
Harry Styles ‘As It Was’
Lewis Capaldi ‘Forget Me’
LF System ‘Afraid to Feel’
Sam Smith and Kim Petras ‘Unholy’
International Artist of the Year
International Group of the Year
Drake and 21 Savage
First Aid Kit
International Song of the Year
Beyoncé ‘Break My Soul’
David Guetta and Bebe Rexha ‘I’m Good’
Fireboy DML and Ed Sheeran ‘Peru’
Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero and Stephanie Beatriz ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’
Jack Harlow ‘First Class’
Lizzo ‘About Damn Time’
Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott ‘Where Are You Now’
OneRepublic ‘I Ain’t Worried’
Taylor Swift ‘Anti-Hero’
Hip-hop, Grime and Rap Act
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