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Peter Andre slams Brit Awards’ decision to remove male and female categories

The Brit Awards has announced it’s scrapping its Best Male and Best Female awards in lieu of Best Artist, but Peter Andre has criticised the move saying it’s limiting singers’ chances of winning

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Peter Andre is not happy with the Brit Awards’ decision to scrap its male and female categories.

After criticism from singer Sam Smith, who identifies as they/them, there will now be just one Best Artist category, but Pete thinks this is limiting artists’ chancing of winning.

Writing in his column for new! magazine the Mysterious Girl singer said he understood the industry needed to ‘move with the times’, but didn’t think this was the best to go about it.

“I understand that there are people who don’t identify as male and female, and it’s understandable that change has and should always come,” he said.

“However this may now mean that half the amount of people will be winning awards. It feels like artists will have to compete twice as hard.”

Peter says artists will now have to compete ‘twice as hard’

Pete pointed out that in 2014 Ellie Goulding and David Bowie both picked up a Best Female and Best Male award in their respective categories.

However if the new rules had come in it would have meant one of hem would have left empty-handed.

“Why can’t we just introduce a new category and take one away and keep male and female awards for those who identify so?,” he asked.

Pete at the Brits in 2004
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Sam Smith has welcomed the decision

Pete, whose son Junior is launching his own career as a recording artist, isn’t the only musician nonplussed with the Brit Awards’ decision.

Queen guitarist Brian May has also slammed the move saying his late bandmate Freddie Mercury would have struggled with society’s political correctness.

Attending ITV ’s Palooza at the Royal Festival Hall with his wife Anita Dobson, Brian said: “It’s a decision that has been made without enough thought.

“A lot of things work quite well and can be left alone.

Brian May has also slammed the Brit Awards’ decision

Ed Sheeran could be competing against Adele next year
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“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.”

The singer said that in society at present there is an “atmosphere of fear everywhere because people are afraid to say how they really think”.

“I think so many people are feeling ‘hang on, this isn’t quite right.’ But they don’t dare say anything. Eventually there will be some kind of explosion.”

The Brit Awards’ new rules will come in next year meaning smash-hit singers Ed Sheeran and Adele are likely to go head-to-head.

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