Brian May Unimpressed by Gender-Neutral Prize at Brit Awards

The Queen rocker slams Brits bosses for combining Best Male and Female Artists into a single category, insisting it's a decision 'made without enough thought.'

AceShowbiz - Brian May insists Brits bosses should have kept gender-specific categories.

As of next year (22), the two categories will be combined into a single prize for Best British Artist, but the Queen rocker insists it's "a decision that has been made without enough thought."

"A lot of things work quite well and can be left alone," he said at the ITV Palooza in London. "I get so sick of people trying to change things without thinking of the long-term consequences."

"Some of these things are an improvement, some of them are not."

Speaking about the change, which will also see the Best International Male and Best International Female awards replaced by a Best International Artist trophy, bosses said they would be "celebrating artists solely for their music and work, rather than how they choose to identify or as others may see them" moving forward.

The 2022 Brit Awards will take place on 8 February at London's O2 arena.

During the same interview, the guitarist also slammed cancel culture. He said, "I am sure if Queen started now, we would be forced to have people of different colours and different sexes and a trans person, but life doesn't have to be like that."

He added, "I worry about cancel culture. I think some of it is good but it also brings bad things and injustices."

He also said, "Now I find it frightening that you have to be so calculating."

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