BRIT Awards axing best gender awards

The BRIT Award's is abolishing gongs awarded for the best male and female solo acts.

The axing of the gender named categories comes in a bid for the brand to avoid defining people by their sex.

A music industry source, told The Sunday Times : “Bosses are listening to changes happening in the industry. The categories will evolve in the coming years.

“The male and female categories will still be in place next February but changes are being planned for the following year.

“Organisers will be consulting labels and artists alike to work out what is best for the future of the Brits ceremony.”

The BRITs have awarded prizes along gender lines since the first ceremony in 1977.

Last year, best male was scooped up by George Ezra and Jorja Smith won best female.

It comes as singer Sam Smith wants to be called 'they' instead of 'he'.

A friend of the 27 year-old said: "This is a decision Sam has thought long and hard about, including doing a lot of reading up on it.

"He knows that it will take some people longer than others to fully get it."

The pal continued: "First the request is going out to mates and then it will be passed on to the music industry too.

"It's an exciting and groundbreaking time for him."

Sam recently reached out to thank Hits Radio presenter James Barr for his use of pronouns.

After an interview with the Writing's On The Wall singer, James tweeted: "Just interviewed Sam Smith and they sounded so happy and free and more themselves than ever."

Sam replied: "You're one of the first people to use these pronouns with me. Thank you. That feels really beautiful."

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