The BRITs scraps gendered categories, revives Dance Act award

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  • The changes will come into effect from 2022.
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  • The BRIT Awards is scrapping gendered categories from 2022 onwards. Taking place on February 8th in London, the 42nd BRITs will include several changes designed to make the awards more inclusive. Mo Gilligan will be the first non-white host since 1994, with Maya Jama and Clara Amfo reporting from the red carpet. The Female and Male Artist Of The Year awards will be replaced with Artist Of The Year and International Artist Of The Year. The new categories will celebrate "artists solely for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify or as others may see them," reads a statement on the BRITs' website. Featured artists and collaborators will now be included in the Song Of The Year nominees, in a bid to acknowledge the contributions beyond the lead singer. Four new genre awards have been added or revived—Alternative / Rock Act, Hip-hop / Grime / Rap Act, Dance Act and Pop / R&B Act—with the public voting for their favourite artists. The last winners of the Dance Act award were Basement Jaxx in 2004. The BRITs also revealed that next year's set design will be handled by Block9, the radical art company famous for its installations at Glastonbury Festival. Read the BRITs' full statement.