In an announcement on Instagram, Sam stated: “Music for me has at all times been about unification not division.
“I sit up for a time the place awards reveals could be reflective of the society we reside in.
“Let’s have a good time everyone, no matter gender, race, age, potential, sexuality and sophistication.”
A spokesperson for the awards stated: “Sam is a unprecedented British artist and we agree with what they’ve stated in the present day. The BRITS are dedicated to evolving the present and the gendered classes are very a lot below evaluate.
However any adjustments made to be extra inclusive should be simply that – if a change unintentionally results in much less inclusion then it dangers being counterproductive to range and equality. We have to seek the advice of extra extensively earlier than adjustments are made to verify we get it proper.”
The Academy additionally advised its voters: “Seeking to the longer term we nonetheless have lots of work to do within the coming years to evolve the BRITS. The method of change isn’t one thing that may be mounted in only one marketing campaign and we’re dedicated to working along with the business to evolve the present to be as inclusive and related as doable.”
The awards are set to happen on Might 11 at London’s O2 Area.