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#BritsNotSoWhite: Awards revamp judging panel

In response to criticism of the perceived whiteness of the 2016 Brits, next year's awards will have an increased proportion of female and ethnic-minority judges

By IQ on 07 Nov 2016

Adele, Brit Awards 2016

Adele, the (white) winner of four 2016 Brit Awards


image © Brit Awards

The Brit Awards has announced a major overhaul of its voting system in response to this year’s controversy – dubbed #BritsSoWhite – over the lack of ethnic-minority nominees in any of the major categories.

In the biggest-ever shake-up of the 1,200 members who make up the awards’ voting academy, hundreds of former voters will find their names no longer on the list in a bid to increase the ethnic and gender diversity of the Brits’ judging panel.

The new voting academy, says the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which pushed for the change, is 52% male and 48% female – compared to 70–30 for the 2016 awards – and 17% “BAME” (black, Asian and minority ethnic); up from 15% in 2016.

“I believe that as a result of these changes the Brits will be better equipped to reflect the diverse nature of Britain and British music”

Ged Doherty, BPI’s chairman, says: “I’m really proud that we’ve taken firm action to refresh the academy to ensure that it keeps up with trends in music and society at large. I believe that as a result of these changes the Brits will be better equipped to reflect the diverse nature of Britain and British music.

“There’s been a long-held myth that Brits winners and nominees are decided by industry executives in a smoke-filled room, but the simple truth is that the awards are voted for each year by a 1,000-plus-strong voting academy made up of experts drawn from all areas of music.”

Adele dominated the 2016 Brit Awards in January, with the most wins in 21 years.

 


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2 responses to “#BritsNotSoWhite: Awards revamp judging panel”

  1. cerius lee says:

    Let’s not go down the USA’s route…real Diversity is inclusion not division and quota’s…

  2. cerius lee says:

    Let’s not go down the USA’s route…real Diversity is inclusion not division and quota’s…

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