Brit Awards ‘will review’ male and female categories

The Brit Awards say they will review the way they distribute prizes, with one option being the abolition of separate male and female categories.

But reports that gendered awards have already been axed are “based on rumour and speculation”, organisers said.

“We can 100% confirm that there will be male and female awards in the UK and international categories in February 2020,” they told.

The statement was issued after a story in The Sunday Times at the weekend.

The paper said organisers wanted to accommodate non-binary artists – who identify as neither male nor female – and that scrapping gender-specific categories was a likely outcome.

The report came a week after pop star Sam Smith asked fans to call them by the pronouns “they/them”, not “he/him”.

“After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out,” they wrote on Instagram.

Many other artists have rejected the traditional constraints of gender, including Christine + The Queens, King Princess, Kim Petras, Sophie and Anohni (formerly Antony and the Johnsons).

But the Brit Awards would not be the first ceremony to scrap separate male and female prizes.

The National Television Awards (NTAs) first changed its best actor and actress categories to best drama performance and best serial drama performance in 2008; and the Grammys scrapped male and female awards in 2012.

In 2017, the MTV Movie Awards also went gender neutral, with Emma Watson becoming the first recipient of its “best movie performance” prize.

In her acceptance speech, the Harry Potter star praised the decision to merge the categories.

“With acting, you put yourself in someone else’s shoes,” she said. “The only distinction should be between each outstanding performance.”

But rumours of the Brit Awards shake-up prompted an outburst from Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, who accused organisers of “wrecking” their reputation.

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