The BRIT Awards have long been held as the UK’s most prestigious award ceremony and in celebration of their 40th show, some big changes have been made.
BRIT Awards are limited to just nine categories
The BRIT Awards now consists of just nine categories in order to have a focus more on live music. All the award categories have been given a refresh and the winners will be decided by the 2020 Official Voting Academy. The Academy is made up of experts from all areas of music in the UK, including artists, retailers, promoters, agents, publishers, labels, producers and media, with approximately 1200 individuals involved in the awarding process. For the first time in nearly a decade, we will also see the iconic Lady Britannia statuette being received by BRIT Award winners.
Categories now consist of:
Male Solo Artist
Female Solo Artist
Best New Artist (previously British Breakthrough Act)
Rising Star (previously the Critics’ Choice Award)
Song Of The Year (previously British Single)
Mastercard Album Of The Year
International Male Solo Artist
International Female Solo Artist
Artists will have more creative freedom over performances
In turn with the focus shifting more towards the live music, the BRITs have decided to not impose any creative limits on their booked performers, allowing their full creative freedom to take place on stage. All performers are being encouraged to create unique performances specifically for the BRIT stage to help create a bigger and more extravagant show and moment for the artists.
Critics Choice is now renamed as the Rising Star Award
After aiding the launch of the successful careers of Sam Fender, Adele, Sam Smith and Florence and the Machine, the BRITs are evolving the Critics Choice award to be named the ‘Rising Star.’ In addition to the online and print critics, heads of music radio and music television, the panel has been expanded to include those working with new talent on a regular basis such as songwriters and producers.
The recipient of the award will also be booked a performance slot on the night, a first for the BRIT Awards.
The BRIT Awards will take place on February 18th 2020 from The O2 Arena, London and will be broadcast live on ITV.
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