Mixmag cover star Fred again.. is one of five artists to be nominated for a 2022 BRIT award in the 'Best Dance Act' category.
In the immediate aftermath, the category's nominations were met with mixed reactions: some positive, others critical.
Jeeeeez what a line-up! 🤩@BeckyHill & @raye *finally* getting the recognition they’ve looong deserved, Fred Again’s album is a masterpiece, the hit machines @JoelCorry & @CalvinHarris 🤯#BRITs https://t.co/7UD0u7PqNN— TOM WATTS (@TomWatts_) December 18, 2021
Lol at The Brits throwing Calvin Harris a nomination for best dance act, like Annie Lennox always getting a nom for best female, as if there weren’t tons more interesting acts who released more than one single in the last year— Mint Royale (@MintRoyale) December 18, 2021
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2022 is the first year of the BRITs' new system, in which gendered categories have been dropped. Ben Mawson, Dua Lipa's manager (Lipa is a double nominee for 2022), told the BBC: "It's good to see the Brits continuing to make progress to a more inclusive awards show that puts talent first."
"It's a step that we welcome."
Whatever happens, being a 35 year old woman nominated for a Brit Award is a really proud moment for me. In an industry obsessed with youth, especially the youth of women, I’m galvanised as fuck by this.— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) December 18, 2021
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag's Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter