The Brit Awards will SCRAP male and female categories at the ceremony next year.
Bosses will introduce gender-neutral gongs in their place, with prizes handed out to the artist of the year and the international artist of the year, replacing best male and female solo artist and best international male and female solo artist.
No changes: The Brit Awards are reportedly keeping their gender-specific categories for the 2021 (Sam Smith is pictured at the event in February 2020)
The Brits academy has faced pressure to do away with its male and female-specific awards and says the move will celebrate artists "solely for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify or as others may see them, as part of The Brits' commitment to evolving the show to be as inclusive and as relevant as possible". The Brits voting academy is made up of around 1,200 music industry experts across media, artists, labels, publishers, promoters, retailers and more. Popstar Sam Smith, who won the critics' choice prize in 2014 and identifies as non-binary, using the pronouns they/them, has