Brit Critics Choice Award winner Jack Garratt joins diversity row ahead of this year’s ceremony

Singer says 'half of UK music has been somehow forgotten about'

Brit Critics Choice Award winner Jack Garratt has joined the diversity row ahead of tonight’s awards ceremony.

A number of artists have criticised the Brits today (February 24) today including Wolf Alice and Marina And The Diamonds.

Ahead of the ceremony, Garratt told Sky News he was “happy to be here” but “obviously there are a lot of people who are not here who should be here and I feel kind of strange knowing that I am here and they are not”.

He added: “It is a hugely important part of UK music but it is a shame that half of UK music has been somehow forgotten about which is a bit disappointing and a little bit embarrassing to be honest.”

He noted the lack of recognition for artists including Krept and Konan, Stormzy and Little Simz.

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Earlier Marina Diamandis, frontwoman of 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.”

Brit Award-nominees Wolf Alice also said that grime music has been “criminally overlooked” at this year’s awards.

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