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Brit Awards Scrap Separate Male, Female Prize Categories

Mabel accepts the award for British Female Solo Artist on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Feb. 18, 2020. The organizers of the Brit Awards announced Monday Nov. 22, 2021, they are scrapping separate male and female artist categories in a shakeup designed to make the music prizes more inclusive. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
Mabel accepts the award for British Female Solo Artist on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Feb. 18, 2020. The organizers of the Brit Awards announced Monday Nov. 22, 2021, they are scrapping separate male and female artist categories in a shakeup designed to make the music prizes more inclusive. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
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London (AP) -- The organizers of the Brit Awards announced Monday they are scrapping separate male and female artist categories in a shakeup designed to make the music prizes more inclusive.

Next year’s awards will feature trophies for U.K. and international artist of the year, replacing male and female awards in each category. Organizers said the change will celebrate artists “solely for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify or as others may see them.”