It was the second year that the awards abandoned gendered categories in favour of gender neutral ones, but the male-dominated shortlist for Artist Of The Year was heavily criticised.
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— Rebecca Lucy Taylor (@SELFESTEEM___) January 13, 2023
At the Red Carpet for the BRIT Awards last night (February 11), Charli XCX was asked by the BBC why she wasn’t an Artist Of The Year, despite being nominated in the Best Pop/R&B category.
“Great question. I’ve heard a lot of chat about the fact there weren’t enough females in album cycle and that’s why no one was nominated,” said Charli. “But, I was in album cycle and I had a Number One album [with ‘Crash’].
“There’s many of us, so I don’t know. You should ask them. We’re doing everything right. I don’t think it’s our fault. I think it might be theirs.”
— Mark Savage (@mrdiscopop) February 12, 2023
Following the backlash, a Brits spokesperson said the lack of women in the category was “disappointing”.
“We also have to recognise that 2022 saw fewer high profile women artists in cycle with major releases as was the case in 2021,” they added.
Earlier this week, All Saints‘ Shazay Lewis wrote: “Progressive ideas should benefit everyone. How can that be the case if we do not acknowledge female artists, who are symbols of empowerment to millions of young aspiring women?”
Harry Styles went on to win Artist Of The Year and during his acceptance speech said he was “very aware of my privilege up here tonight” before dedicating his award to Charli, Mabel, Becky Hill, Florence And The Machine and Rina Sawayama.
Elsewhere at the BRIT Awards 2023, Wet Leg recited part of Alex Turner’s infamous BRITs acceptance speech while picking up the award for Best New Artist, Lizzo delivered a medley of songs from her latest album ‘Special’ and Sam Smith and Kim Petras divided the internet with a leather-filled performance of their global hit single ‘Unholy’.
Earlier this month, Grimes shared her support for Charli XCX after her album ‘Crash’ failed to get a nomination at the Grammys.