BRITs criticized for not including any R&B artist in Best Pop / R & B Act category


The BRIT Awards 2022 have been criticized by a number of artists, music industry insiders and fans for not including any R&B artist in its Best Pop / R & B Act category.

Last month, four new genre categories were introduced in the annual awards ceremony: Alternative / Rock Act, Hip-Hop / Grime / Rap Act, Dance Act and Pop / R & B Act.

After news of the new categories broke, she came under heavy criticism from artists, music experts and fans on social media, many of whom questioned why R&B was merged with pop.

“Putting pop and R&B in the same category is really crazy for me. And proves the powers that be just don’t get it, ”said R&B singer-songwriter Mahalia tweeted. “I love the British. I’ve had it since I was a kid. But as an R&B singer / songwriter it definitely doesn’t seem progressive for the entire UK R&B scene.

The nominees for next year’s BRITs were announced on Sunday, December 18. Ed Sheeran, Adele, Dua Lipa, Griff and Joy Crookes lead the nominations in the Pop / R & B category, which confused a number of people.

“So the BRIT nominations have come in and something is a little weird, or curious about the category there,” said R&B singer-songwriter Sinéad Harnett in a video shared on Twitter.

She prefaced the next part of her video by explaining that she “absolutely adores[s] each of the ‘category artists. “They’re fucking amazing,” she said. “But I have two questions: the first is why merge pop with R&B? And the second is, if you’re going to do that, please at least include some R&B acts in the category.

BRITs voting panel member Joseph “JP” Patterson added, “I’m happy to be on the voting panel this year – the best part is it was born in a minute! But this category needs to be rethought. No one here does R&B.

“I’m sorry but Dua Lipa, Ed and Adele don’t do R&B music, who came up with the idea of ​​putting these two genres into one category?” a fan wrote. Another said: “I really don’t understand why the BRITs have decided to lump pop and R&B into one category this year. Aside from ZERO UK R&B nominated artists, what luck would any of them have alongside Adele and Ed Sheeran? “

A third said: “#boycottbrits because what the heck they thought. First they merge pop and R&B into one category, and now the nominees for that category are all Pop artists. @BRITs, you could have added at least one UK RnB artist to it.

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Next year’s BRIT Awards take place on February 8 at the O2 in London and will be broadcast live on ITV. It will be hosted by Mo Gilligan.

Gilligan will replace Jack Whitehall as host of the show, which recently announced he is stepping down from his role after four consecutive years.

Meanwhile, Holly Humberstone has been announced as the winner of this year’s BRITs Rising Star Award, after fending off competition from Bree Runway and Lola Young.


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