Controversy struck this year when the Oscar shortlist was announced and there was a lack of ethnic diversity amongst the line-up. Similarly, the Brits have also been called out for the same reason.
Out of a massive 48 nominations for the British artists who have shined over the past 12 months only four ethnic musicians involved…including counting Little Mix twice. Musicians including Stormzy, Skepta and Craig David have all contributed to this year’s music scene but have been shunned when it comes to the nominations and people took to Twitter to voice their anger with the hashtag #BritsSoWhite.
Even nominees of this year’s Brits have staged their opinion including Wolf Alice who stated ‘‘Grime Music has been criminally overlooked this year at the BRITs’’ and it appears that they’re not wrong as looking specifically looking at Stormzy’s achievements, it has ticked the checklist that requires a shortlist place.
Selling out two UK tours, entries into the singles charts and over 40 million YouTube views – it’s safe to say that even for an ‘underground’ artist that he has a strong fan base. Laura Mvula admitted she won’t be attending the Brits in protest saying “I guess the problem for me is knowing that there are young black kids growing up feeling that they’re not acknowledged in society, in media and in mainstream music”.
Although herself, not being nominated for a Brit, she did put forth an argument that black musicians need to start being taken seriously no matter what genre they’re contributing to. Big Narstie has made a number of comments on the subject matter, when speaking to Channel 4 he claimed “The only diversity in the Brits is with the Americans… I’ve been saying this for a while. For our country to do good, we need to embrace our country.” It’s hard not to agree when London is the home to grime and needs to be noticed and celebrated as an equal genre.
Let us know at Pluto what you think about this year’s choices with the hashtag #BritAwards or leave a comment below!