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How singer Sam Smith cancelled himself

16 March 2021

11:43 AM

16 March 2021

11:43 AM

In a classic case of unintended consequences, non-binary singer Sam Smith will find himself neither here nor there when awards for best male and female performers are announced at this year’s Brit Awards.

Smith – who told the world in 2019 that “I’m not male or female, I think I flow somewhere in between” – is now complaining that he is excluded from the best vocalist award which is decided along gender lines.

His album Love Goes, which has been in the British Top 40 for five months, is eligible for British album of the year when the awards are announced in May. But Smith has inadvertently cancelled himself from the best male artist category.

Smith told his 15 million Instagram followers: “I look forward to a time where awards shows can be reflective of the society we live in.”

The good news for Smith is that they already are. Ninety-nine per cent of Brits identify as either a man or a woman.

But this is not enough for Smith who insists on using pronouns they/them.

He wants the awards to reflect “society” – by which he means a minuscule minority. It is telling that he did not ask for the awards to reflect reality.


Organisers of the Brit Awards have, as you would expect, reacted wokely.

They issued a statement last Friday promising to “evolve the show to be as inclusive and relevant as possible” by which we presume to mean they will ignore science to be as ridiculous and as irrelevant as possible.

“The gendered categories are very much under review,” the Academy said. “We need to consult more widely before changes are made to make sure we get it right.”

Well of course.

The Brit Awards only have male and female gendered categories at present because organisers have only had the chance to consult biology.

But after organisers consult more widely, by which they mean read Twitter, big changes are expected.

One imagines that the 2022 awards will feature hundreds of categories ranging from best male and best female vocalist to best polygender and best gender apathetic (yes, that’s a thing) vocalist.

But surely the most progressive thing to do would be to simply lump anyone who doesn’t identify as male into the female category. They’re already doing it in sport.

They could give awards to the Best British Male Solo Artist and to the Best British Non-Male Solo Artist. Problem solved.

Sure some ladies will complain, but only because they are trans exclusionary bigots.

If this is unacceptable then perhaps the Brit Awards should keep the male and female categories but add a third – Best British Seeking Attention by Any Means Solo Artist.

Sam Smith would clean up.

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