Jack Whitehall, Paloma Faith and Stormzy have all weighed in on the sexism row at this year’s BRIT awards after nominations saw just one female nominee.
Of 25 spots in the non-gendered categories only four nominations were filled by women, with only one female winner.
And during Tuesday’s ceremony at London‘s O2 arena various celebs took to the stage to have a swipe at the disparity between male and female nominees as they collected and presented awards.
Joker: Paloma Faith joked that males were ‘underrepresented’ at this year’s BRITs while on stage with Kiefer Sutherland on stage at the O2 Arena, London
Mabel was the first female winner of the night, bagging a gong for best Female artist.
Following Mabel’s win, host Jack Whitehall said: ‘The Brits have been recycling the same excuses as to why so few female artists were nominated – but in this category they couldn’t avoid it!’
Upon winning Best Male Artist Stormzy also took the opportunity to have his say on the gender disparity while on stage.
He said: ‘Firstly, always, I thank god – I give you all the glory! I am so happy, thank you to my mum and my incredible team.
Supporting women: Upon winning Best Male artist Stormzy also took the opportunity to have his say on the matter while on stage
‘To be the best male, I’ve got the most incredible females in my team. The male is nothing without these incredible females. I love you guys, thank you!’
Paloma Faith and Kiefer Sutherland were at hand to present the Best International Male.
During which time several jokes were made about the lack of female representation including one from Paolma who teased that the male category was severely ‘underrepresented’.
First female winner of the night: Mabel appeared in her element as she was announced and proudly went on stage to collect her gong
Excuses: Following Mabel’s win, host Jack Whitehall said: ‘The Brits have been recycling the same excuses as to why so few female artists were nominated’
The four females nominated in a non-gendered category were, Celeste – who went on to win the Rising Star category, Mabel for Best New Artist, Beabadoobee and Joy Crookes – also Rising Star nominees.
After her daughter’s win early in the night Neneh Cherry looked every inch the proud mother as Mabel picked up the Female Solo Artist gong.
The legendary singer, 55, couldn’t hide her delight as her Mad Love hitmaker daughter, 23, was announced as a winner and went on stage to pick up her first ever BRIT award.
BRIT Awards 2020: ALL THE WINNERS
British Male Solo Artist
British Female Solo Artist
Song Of The Year
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved (WINNER)
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Calvin Harris and Rag’n’Bone Man – Giant
Dave featuring Burna Boy – Location
Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Tom Walker – Just You And I
Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With A Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop
Bring Me The Horizon
D Block Europe
British Album Of The Year
Dave – Psychodrama (WINNER)
Stormzy – Heavy Is The Head
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Harry Styles – Fine Line
International Male Solo Artist
Tyler, The Creator (WINNER)
International Female Solo Artist
Billie Eilish (WINNER)
Lana Del Rey
Lewis Capaldi (WINNER)
Rising star: Celeste, collected her award for rising star after giving a poignant performance of her hit ‘Strange’
Another of the three female winners of the night, Celeste, collected her award for rising star after giving a poignant performance of her hit Strange.
Smiling from ear to ear the star said: ‘I never thought this would happen for me.’
There were no female performers included in the shortlists for best group or album awards.
At the largely male dominated awards Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy and Billie Eilish led the winners.
Powerful performance: Under a soft spotlight the singer did a haunting rendition of her hit Strange
Lewis, 23, claimed two awards from four nominations, triumphing in the categories for New Artist and Song of the Year.
The latter nomination was awarded for hit single Someone You Loved, a track Capaldi insisted was written for his late grandmother – not former girlfriend and current Love Island star Paige Turley.
Meanwhile Stormzy, 26, picked up the award for Best Male Solo Artist in front of a star-studded audience that included ex-girlfriend Maya Jama.
The awards are voted for by around 1,500 people from across the UK music industry including journalists, record label employees and musicians.
Dream come true: During her acceptance speech she said: ‘I never thought this would happen for me’
Source: Daily Mail