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Sam Smith, who has been excluded from the gendered categories at the 2021 Brit awards, has blasted the BRIT Awards for keeping their Male and Female categories. 

The non-binary star - who uses the pronouns they/them - is upset that the BRITS have decided against introducing a gender-neutral alternative to the awards. In a statement on Instagram, Sam said: "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.”

Back in 2019, it was reported that the BRITs were planning to scrap their gender categories in a bid to include non-binary artists. The awards ceremony, which occurs every February, was reportedly keen to “evolve” and axe the categories in a bid to change with the music industry. Ahead of this year’s awards, a source has said that there has been “a lot of discussion” around the idea of gender-neutral categories, but that it won’t be implemented this year.

"Sam is an extraordinary British artist and we agree with what they have said today. The BRITS are committed to evolving the show and the gendered categories are very much under review. But any changes made to be more inclusive need to be just that - if a change unintentionally leads to less inclusion then it risks being counterproductive to diversity and equality. We need to consult more widely before changes are made to make sure we get it right," said a spokesperson for the awards. "It’s definitely something that is going to be looked at again in subsequent years."

The Academy also told its voters: "Looking to the future we still have a lot of work to do in the coming years to evolve the BRITS. The process of change isn’t something that can be fixed in just one campaign and we are committed to working together with the industry to evolve the show to be as inclusive and relevant as possible."

The awards are set to take place on May 11 at London’s O2 Arena.

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Really tired of the demands of non-binary people and I can't wait for this fad! to be over jj4 Sam Smith is just a man who doesn't want to conform to society's gender roles. We don't need to rejig entire award shows because of it.

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Glad they won't be winning for their atrocious contribution to British music However Sam is right, I'd love to see people like Adele crushing mediocre British men  

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