Sam Smith admits it’s ‘a shame’ no women have been nominated for the BRITs Best Artist Award following gender-neutral overhaul – despite previously calling for the ceremony to be more ‘reflective’

Sam Smith thinks it is ‘a shame’ there are no women nominated for Best Artist at the BRIT Awards.  

The Unholy hitmaker, 30, was one of the first musicians to call for the ceremony to be ‘reflective’ resulting in organisers making the event the first major UK awards to abolish gendered categories.

But the star – who is non-binary and uses gender neutral pronouns – still thinks there is a ‘long way to go’ after the shortlist for this year’s prestigious prize only featured male nominees.

Gutted: Sam Smith, 30,  thinks it is ‘a shame’ there are no women nominated for Best Artist at the BRIT Awards

Sam said there are a lot of female artists who should have made the shortlist, instead of just Harry Styles, Stormzy, George Ezra, Central Cee and Fred Again being left to contend for the prize.

Asked which women should have been shortlisted, they said: ‘Cat Burns. Anne Marie. Florence Welch. There’s so much incredible female talent in the UK — they should be on that list.’

They said: ‘Things are moving forward, but it’s obvious it’s not there yet. From seeing that [best artist] list, there is still a long way to go’.

‘It’s incredibly frustrating. ‘It feels like it should be easy to do’.

Missing out: The Unholy hitmaker was one of the first musicians to call for the ceremony to be ‘reflective’ resulting in organisers making the event the first major UK awards to abolish gendered categories (Dua Lipa pictured) 

In 2021, the BRIT Awards announced it would be abolishing its male and female categories, in bid to celebrate artists ‘solely for their music’. 

They continued: ‘[The BRITs] just have to celebrate everyone because this is not just about artists getting awards’. 

‘Awards are for kids watching on TV, thinking, ‘I can make music like this.’ When I was young, if I’d seen more queer people at these awards it would have lit my heart. Awards are there to inspire.’

Unimpressed: Sam said there are a lot of female artists who should have made the shortlist, instead of just Harry Styles, Stormzy, George Ezra, Central Cee and Fred Again being left to contend for the prize

Meanwhile, while Sam believes their new album ‘Gloria’ is their most authentic record to date, they insisted they were never ‘inauthentic’, just not as at ease with themself.

Sam said: ‘I’ve always been authentic. I just think asking a 24 year old to be their 100 per cent self in front of 20,000 people was never going to happen’. 

‘I showed 70 per cent of who I was then and a lot of that has to do with me being gay.’ 


Women: Asked which women should have been shortlisted, they said: ‘Cat Burns (left) . Anne Marie. Florence Welch (right). There’s so much incredible female talent in the UK — they should be on that list’

‘As I got older, though, I realised there’s no shame. I wasn’t being inauthentic — you just keep some things to yourself until you’re ready.’

It comes after Geroge Ezra was called out on Twitter last week for being nominated for the BRITs’ Artist Of The Year award while female stars were snubbed. 

The singer, 29, appeared on Lorraine and said the BRITs panel have done a ‘great job of recognising talent’ – despite only men being nominated for the top gong.

Facing the music: It comes after Geroge Ezra was called out on Twitter last week for being nominated for the BRITs’ Artist Of The Year award while female stars were snubbed

Viewers took to Twitter in fury to question organisers’ decision not to put forward a single female act and, awkwardly for George, many said they thought the likes of Dua Lipa, Raye and Florence & The Machine were more worthy than him.

One wrote: ‘Are the BRITs truly saying they don’t think there are any female artists in this country better than George Ezra?’ Another added: ‘You cannot tell me that George Ezra is better than Raye or Dua or any other female artist’. 

A third viewer chimed: ‘BRIT stands for Boys Receive Industry Trophies,’ while another wrote: ‘It’s an absolute disgrace that no women are nominated for artist of the year at The Brits. It’s even more of a disgrace that George Ezra is.’  

BRIT AWARDS 2023: THE NOMINATIONS

Mastercard 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 (January 1 – September 9 2022)

Artist Of The Year

Central Cee

Fred Again

George Ezra

Harry Styles

Stormzy

Group Of The Year

The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Nova Twins

Wet Leg

Best New Artist

Kojey Radical

Mimi Webb

Rina Sawayama

Sam Ryder

Wet Leg

Song Of The Year With Mastercard

Aitch – Baby Ft Ashanti

Cat Burns – Go

Dave – Starlight

Ed Sheeran And Elton John – Merry Christmas

Eliza Rose And Interplanetary Criminal – Baddest Of Them All

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

Best Alt Rock

The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Nova Twins

Tom Grennan

Wet Leg

RISING STAR 

Flo

Hip Hop/ Grime/ Rap

Aitch

Central Cee

Dave

Loyle Carner

Stormzy

Dance Act

Becky Hill

Bonobo

Calvin Harris

Eliza Rose

Fred Again

Pop/ R’n’B

Cat Burns

Charli Xcx

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

Sam Smith

International Artist Of The Year

Beyonce

Burna Boy

Kendrick Lamar

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

International Group Of The Year

Black Pink

Drake And 21 Savage

First Aid Kit

Fontaines Dc

Gabriels

International Song Of The Year

Beyonce – Break My Soul

David Guetta And Bebe Rexa – Aim Good

Fireboy Dml & Ed Sheeran – Peru

Mauro Castillo, Stephanie Beatriz, Carolina Gaitán, Rhenzy Feliz, Encanto – Cast, Adassa, Diane Guerrero – We Dont Talk About Bruno

Gayle – Abcdefu

Jack Harlow – First Class

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Calum Scott And Lost Frequencies – Where Are You Npow

One Republic – I Ain’t Worried

Taylor Swift – Antihero

 

 

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