The Brit Awards are considering restructuring their categories and no longer rewarding artists based on their gender, but rather their talent. According to The Sun, the producers of the annual ceremony (the British equivalent of the Grammys, with a bit of the VMAs thrown in) are “listening to changes happening in the industry. The categories will evolve in the coming years.”
While a source told The Sun that “male and female categories will still be in place” at February’s upcoming ceremony, the Brits are hoping to have a new system in place by 2021. “Organisers will be consulting labels and artists alike to work out what is best for the future of the Brits ceremony.”
The Sun speculated that Sam Smith recent announcement’s that their pronouns arethey/them may have inspired the award show. Smith came out as nonbinary and genderfluid earlier this year.
British journalist Piers Morgan, who has a history of making hateful comments about gender fluidity, seemed to agree with The Sun, going after Smith on Good Morning Britain and repeatedly misgendering them.
Morgan couldn’t handle the idea of “such time-honored awards should be just wrecked like this” because Sam Smith “can’t decide if [they’re] male or female.” Morgan claimed that if the Brit Awards choose to “accommodate” Smith’s gender, the performer will have some sort of unfair advantage.
“I’ll tell you what will happen,” Morgan said. “Women will suffer eventually. I suspect what will happen is male performers will end up winning all of the awards...The whole point of having the gender categories is to make it fair and equal; now we’re going the other way and that apparently is progress. I think it’s a load of nonsense. The idea that you have change entire award categories because one [person] decides one day to wake up and say I’m nonbinary, it’s nonsense.” Morgan repeatedly used incorrect pronouns and gender terms for Smith — Out has revised them for the purposes of this story.
It’s interesting to note that the source close to the Brit Awards said nothing about the intention of removing gendered categories being in response to Smith’s announcement. It very well could just mean that they are hoping to celebrate all musical achievement equally — but it’s always more fun to blame queer folks!