Words: Steve Brown
The Brit Awards may scrap male and female awards to be inclusive – and Piers Morgan blames Sam Smith.
Earlier this month, the Grammy and Academy Award winning singer revealed they identify as non-binary and said the ‘they/them’ pronouns is how they want to be identified as.
Now, a source told The Sun that organisers of the annual Brit Awards are in discussions about scrapping the male and female awards in a bid to become more inclusive.
The source said: “Bosses are listening to changes happening in the industry. The categories will evolve in the coming years.
“That male and female categories will still be in place next February but changes are being planned for the following year.
“Organisers will be consulting labels and artists alike to work out what is best for the future of the Brits ceremony.”
However, Piers Morgan went on a tirade against the discussion on Good Morning Britain today (September 23) and said scrapping the gender specific awards will discriminate against women.
He said: “I think it’s great that such time-honoured awards should be just wrecked like this because one guy can’t decide if he’s male or female.
“They want to accommodate non-binary performers like Sam Smith, which is what I said last week, which category will he now enter?
“He won’t have to, he’ll now enter the non-binary categories.
“I’ll tell you what will happen, it’ll be like women’s sport decimating. Women will suffer eventually.
“I suspect what will happen is male performers will end up winning all of the awards than the women.
“The whole point of having the gender categories is to make it fair and equal, now we’re going the other way and that apparently is progress.
“I think it’s a load of nonsense. The idea that you have change entire award categories because one guy decides one day to wake up and say I’m non-binary, it’s nonsense.”