Marina And The Diamonds brands The Brit Awards’ lack of diversity ‘sickening’

Ahead of tonight's show, the singer also says The Brits is "a corporate award ceremony"

Marina Diamandis has taken to Twitter to slam The Brit Awards ahead of tonight’s ceremony (February 24).

The singer – who is better known by her stage name Marina And The Diamonds – hit out at the show, branding it “a corporate award ceremony”.

Addressing the lack of diversity at The Brits to her 1.4million followers, Diamandis wrote: “Reading about artists talking about BRIT Awards + lack of diversity. I just looked at the nominees and it’s kind of sickening…

“The truth is the BRIT Awards is a CORPORATE award ceremony. Representing diversity is not a priority. Money is the priority.”

She continued: “This doesn’t always mean the artists getting the awards aren’t deserving of them. We just need to realise what this award ceremony is for.

“To sell records. Particularly in what would normally be considered a lull-period for the music industry. (FEBRUARY).”

The singer – who released her third album Froot last year – went on to add: “So, I don’t if it’s just plain racism or if it’s down to (e.g.) grime artists not being as financially exploitable to them on a global scale.

“I think what we need is an award ceremony somewhere in between the commerciality of the BRITS and the left-field Mercury’s.”

After a Twitter user then accused Diamandis of being “salty” because she’s never won a Brit, the star replied: “No! I realised it a long time ago. I saw people talk about it today though + I found the lack of diversity really alarming.”

The singer was nominated for The Brit Awards Critics’ Choice accolade in 2010, which was won by Ellie Goulding.

The Brit Awards take place live from London’s O2 Arena this evening, with the likes of Rihanna, Coldplay and Adele set to perform.
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