This year's BRIT Award nominees are disproportionately white
Today #OscarSoWhite and #OscarsStillSoWhite started trending on Twitter after the nominations for the prestigious film awards were revealed to be as lacking in diversity as previous years where talented black and minority actors and actresses with wonderful performances have been overlooked.
At the same time the BRITs nominations were announced; just like the Oscars, these are equally wanting in terms of recognising black and minority ethnic (BAME) artists.
Both the British male and female solo artist categories, along with International Female Solo Artist, British Album of the Year, and British Breakthrough Act contain only white artists.
The most diverse category is International Male Solo Artist, featuring The Weeknd, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, but this is a grave injustice to the scores of brilliantly talented black British male solo stars who are shaking up music and creating a unique sound.
The 2016 BRITs nominations ignore the fabulously diverse British music scene and a number of our most talented musicians who produced some of the best and most innovative sounds of 2015.
Stormzy, among other artists, seems to have been overlooked
Noticeably, not a single grime artist has made it on to the nominations list; this is almost unbelievable given what has been described by some as the renaissance of grime in 2015. As just one example of what appears to be a snub, Stormzy – who it is fair to say dominated 2015 – has not been honoured with a nomination.
Such a thoroughly white-dominated nominations list is unjustifiable and is not a true reflection of British music.
Thankfully we have the MOBO Awards, which do a much better job of celebrating the creative talent of BAME British artists, but the BRITs are hugely popular and influential, watched by millions of people and providing great publicity for featured artists, particularly newcomers. For this reason it is important that the BRITs recognise the entire spectrum of British music and all of our best artists, not just white artists.
In 2016 it’s not just a matter of #OscarSoWhite, unfortunately #BritsSoWhite too.