Lily Allen has responded to an article by the Guardian about the lack of diversity in this year’s BRIT Awards nominations, and has taken to the internet to complain about unsigned artists not being acknowledge by the award show.
The British artist reportedly wrote on her Facebook page: “The voting academy consists of 1000 music industry figures, and here lies the problem, music industry figures don’t necessarily care about music, they mostly care about themselves, they vote tactically for their labels artists to win or so that their competitors at other labels DONT [sic]”.
She continued saying: “Awards mean £££ and promotions. I don’t think music industry figures (or people that work at major labels) even look at artists as artists when it comes to voting for these things, the artists represent their teams their a+r people, managers, mds, pluggers etc”.
The singer explained how, in her opinion, unsigned artists like Skepta, JME andStormzy pose a “direct threat to ‘music industry figures”, since no one would gain from their hypothetical victory. The 2016 BRIT Awards will take place on the 24th of February at the O2 Arena in London.