Brits list gives women little to sing about
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.