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Brian May criticises BRIT Awards’ “frightening” choice to scrap gendered awards

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Queen‘s Brian May has criticised the BRIT Awards‘ decision to scrap their traditional gendered system for awards categories, calling it emblematic of a “frightening” trend.This week, the BRITs announced details of their 2022 ceremony, including the news that Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year awards are replacing the traditional Male and Female categories from previous years.Back in 2019, it was reported that the BRITs were planning to scrap their gender categories in a bid to include non-binary artists.

The awards ceremony, which occurs every February, was reportedly keen to “evolve” and axe the categories in a bid to change with the music industry.The BRIT Awards then responded after non-binary singer Sam Smith spoke.

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