Sam Smith Speaks Out Over Reports Brit Awards Will Retain Gendered Categories In 2021

The award-winning singer criticised the decision, insisting music to them "has always been about unification not division".

Sam Smith has spoken out amid reports that the Brit Awards will continue to use gendered categories at this year’s ceremony.

However, reports in The Sun today said that the Brits would keep gendered categories for this year’s awards show, with Sam sharing their take on this in an Instagram post.

Sam Smith in 2019
Sam Smith in 2019
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The award-winning singer, who revealed in 2019 that they are non-binary, said: “The Brits have been an important part of my career, one of my earliest achievements was winning Critics’ Choice in 2014.

“Music for me has always been about unification not division. I look forward to a time where awards shows can be reflective of the society we live in.

“Let’s celebrate everybody, regardless of gender, race, age, ability, sexuality and class,” they added.

The Sun did note that the Brits could reassess the gendered categories ahead of 2022’s awards show.

Sam released their third album Love Goes in 2020, peaking at number two in the album charts.

HuffPost UK contacted the Brit Awards for comment, who said that Sam will be eligible for Best British Album, but would not be submitted for either of the gendered artist categories unless they requested this themself.

In recent years, several awards ceremonies have axed their gendered categories, most notably the MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards.

Sam isn’t the only star to criticise awards shows for continuing to separate categories based on gender.

After winning her first Oscar in 2019, Lady Gaga told reporters: “I also have a true dream in our future, as we evolve as humanity, that these awards shows will not be male and female, but that we include everyone.”