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HITS LIST:
HOME RUN DERBY
Going yard (7/11a)
NEAR TRUTHS: A TOUR OF THE LANDSCAPE
I.B. will be your guide. (7/15a)
GRAMMY PRE-CHEW:
THREE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIG 4
On your Marks, get set, go. (7/8a)
ON THE COVER:
CHAPPELL ROAN
Half of Island's one-two punch (7/15a)
AUSTIN NEAL STICKS THE LANDING
These two are tight. (7/15a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
Blighty Beat
BRITS GENDER ROW CONTINUES
12/16/22

The longlist for the BRITs Artist of the Year award for 2023 is heavily weighted toward male acts, with just 12 out of 68 of those included being women, The Mirror reported.

Next year’s ceremony will be the second to run without the gendered categories, which have been replaced by the Artist of the Year gong. They were scrapped in 2021 as part of The BRITs’ commitment to evolving the show to be as inclusive and relevant as possible.

However, with just 18% of acts in the list for the 2023 award being eligible female artists, The Mirror report asks: Is there a risk that female talent is still being overlooked?

The longlists are determined by artist releases that have charted within the eligibility period, so rather than blaming the BRITs itself, which has a diverse Voting Academy, an industry source points out: “If the nominations and eventual wins point to deeper structural issues, then this puts the onus on the industry to acknowledge the issue and address it.”

BPI commissioned a wide-ranging study on gender equality in the U.K. music business, the reults of which are reportedly set to land around the time of the BRITs.

Last year’s BRITs saw women dominating the awards, being given eight out of a possible 11 on the night. The shortlist for this year’s Rising Star, which was won by FLO, was all-female acts. How diverse the remaining shortlists for 2023’s ceremony will be is yet to be seen. Stay tuned for further updates.