Brits list gives women lit­tle to sing about

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Eleanor Halls

IT MAY not spell quite the same di­ver­sity dis­as­ter as last week’s all-white, mostly-male Bafta nom­i­na­tions, but the just-an­nounced 2020 Brit Awards short­list still leaves much to be de­sired.

Across the four cat­e­gories open to both male and fe­male artists, male artists ac­count for 26 nom­i­na­tions, while fe­male artists share just four.

Two of those four nom­i­na­tions are held by the same woman – Ma­bel, Neneh Cherry’s 23-year-old daugh­ter, for new artist of the year and song of the year – while the other two in­clude Miley Cyrus and Nor­mani.

Not a sin­gle woman can be found in any of the five groups nom­i­nated, nor in the al­bum of the year cat­e­gory. More pos­i­tively, the short­list ac­cu­rately re­flects the suc­cess of black mu­sic in the UK by nom­i­nat­ing po­lit­i­cally out­spo­ken rap­pers Stor­mzy, and Dave, in the male solo artist of the year cat­e­gory.

Bil­lie Eil­ish and Lizzo will com­pete for in­ter­na­tional fe­male solo artist along­side Ari­ana Grande, Lana Del Rey and Camilla Ca­bello, whilst Bruce Spring­steen is given his eighth nom­i­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional male solo artist. No spokesman from the Brit Awards, which takes place on Feb 19, was avail­able for com­ment.

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