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BRIT Awards Criticised for ‘Pop and R&B’ Category Not Having Any R&B Artists

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The BRIT Awards have been criticised for not including any nominations for R&B artists in their “Best Pop/R&B Act” category.

The category currently has Adele, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Joy Crookes and Griff as their nominees. The annual award event added four new genre categories last month: Alternative/Rock Act, Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap Act, Dance Act, and Pop/R&B Act.

R&B singer Mahalia tweeted: “Putting pop and R&B in the same category is really nuts to me. And proves that the powers that be once again just do not get it. I love the Brits. I have since I was a kid. But as an R&B singer/songwriter, this feels completely unprogressive to the whole UK R&B scene”.

Since the nominations were announced over the weekend, others have been taking to social media to express their frustration over the lack of representation of R&B in the category.

In a video shared on Twitter, R&B singer Sinéad Harnett said: “So the BRIT nominations have come through and something is a little bit strange, or curious about the category there. But I have two questions: The first one is why merge pop with R&B? And the second is, if you’re gonna do that please at least include some R&B acts within the category”.