Sam Smith thinks it’s “a disgrace” there aren’t any ladies nominated for Greatest Artist on the BRIT Awards.
The ‘Unholy’ hitmaker – who’s non-binary and makes use of gender impartial pronouns – was one of many first musicians to name for the ceremony to be “reflective”, leading to organisers making the occasion the primary main UK awards to abolish gendered classes however they nonetheless suppose there’s a “lengthy method to go” after the shortlist for this 12 months’s prestigious prize solely featured male nominees.
Sam mentioned of the controversy: “It’s a disgrace.
“Issues are shifting ahead, however it’s apparent it’s not there but. From seeing that [best artist] record, there’s nonetheless a protracted method to go.
“It’s extremely irritating. “It feels prefer it ought to be straightforward to do.
“[The BRITs] simply should have a good time everybody as a result of this isn’t nearly artists getting awards. Awards are for teenagers watching on TV, considering, ‘I could make music like this.’ After I was younger, if I’d seen extra queer folks at these awards it could have lit my coronary heart. Awards are there to encourage.”
The 30-year-old singer thinks there are numerous feminine artists who ought to have made the shortlist, as a substitute of simply Harry Kinds, Stormzy, George Ezra, Central Cee and Fred Once more being left to contend for the prize.
Requested which ladies ought to have been shortlisted, they mentioned: “Cat Burns. Anne Marie. Florence Welch. There’s a lot unbelievable feminine expertise within the UK — they need to be on that record.”
In the meantime, whereas Sam believes their new album ‘Gloria’ is their most genuine report thus far, they insisted they had been by no means “inauthentic”, simply not as comfy with themself.
Sam mentioned: “I’ve all the time been genuine.
“I simply suppose asking a 24 12 months outdated to be their 100 per cent self in entrance of 20,000 folks was by no means going to occur. I confirmed 70 per cent of who I used to be then and numerous that has to do with me being homosexual. As I bought older, although, I realised there’s no disgrace. I wasn’t being inauthentic — you simply preserve some issues to your self till you’re prepared.”