BRIT Awards remove gendered awards for 2022, announce Mo Gilligan as host

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The Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year awards are set to replace the women’s and men’s categories at next year’s event

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Mo Gilligan is set to host the 2022 BRIT Awards as a number of new changes have been announced for next year’s ceremony, including the removal of the men’s and women’s categories.

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As revealed in September, next year’s awards will take place at The O2 in London on 8 February and will be broadcast live on ITV.

  • Read more: BRIT Awards 2021: A night of heroes defined by their audience

Gilligan will replace Jack Whitehall as host of the show, who recently announced that he was stepping down from the role after four consecutive years.


“It is an absolute privilege to host the 2022 Brit Awards,” Gilligan said in a statement. “I’m really honored to ask. We’re already in the extensive planning stages and all I can say is, I promise we’ll do all we can to create an incredible night for music lovers everywhere.” Gonna give something. Let’s go!”

Clara Amfo and Maya Jama are set to present ‘The Brits Are Coming’ nomination show and the Brits red carpet show at night.

Elsewhere, Block9 of Glastonbury is set to take over the creative direction of the show with a fresh design.

Taylor Swift accepts the Global Icon Award at The Brit Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo: David M. Bennett/Dave Bennett/Getty Images)

Elsewhere, four new genre categories – Alternative/Rock Act, Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap Act, Dance Act and Pop/R’n’B Act – have been added, including Artist of the Year and International Artist of the Year awards. has been substituted. Traditional male and female categories from previous years.

BRIT President Tom March commented: “It is important that BRITs continue to grow and aim to be as inclusive as possible. It seems an absolutely perfect time to celebrate the achievements of the artists in the music they create. , and the work they do, regardless of gender.


“I am really excited to launch four new Genre Awards, creating even more opportunities for artists to discover the great music they create and produce, and to encourage music fans to support and help their artists.” Give a chance to join and vote for the Brit to win.”

Back in 2019, it was reported that BRITs were planning to phase out their gender categories to include non-binary artists. The awards ceremony, which takes place every February, reportedly “evolved” to change with the music industry and was eager to ax the categories.

The BRIT Awards reacted after non-binary singer Sam Smith spoke about his plans to have gender-based categories for the 2021 ceremony.

“Music for me has always been about integration, not division,” Smith said. “I look forward to a time where award shows can reflect the society we live in. Let’s celebrate everyone, regardless of gender, race, age, ability, sexuality and class.”

See the full list of categories for the 2022 Brit Awards below:

Artist of the Year with YouTube Music
group of years
BRITs Rising Star supported by BBC Radio 1
best new artist
song of the year with mastercard
Mastercard Album of the Year
International Artist of the Year
International Group of the Year
Alternative/Rock Act
Pop/R&B Act
dance act
hip hop/rap/grime act

This year’s BRIT Awards saw extraordinary performances from Taylor Swift, Elton John, The Weeknd, Coldplay and Dua Lipa in one of the first live concerts in the UK since the global pandemic.

Zero COVID-19 cases were reported from the event, which was organized as part of the government’s Event Research Program as live music slowly made its comeback this year.

This year’s ceremony saw a live audience of 4000 fans – largely made up of NHS and key workers – who were not required to wear masks or social distancing, having previously provided a negative coronavirus test.

Reviewing this year’s event, Granthshala said: “Proving the partly celebratory blow that everyone in attendance deserved, the 2021 BRITs here fuel an air of determination not to stop the fight and to work hard to bring justice to those , who made such a night possible for the first time.”

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