Andrea Cleary: Same old song as women still struggle for artistic recognition

With no women nominated in the Artist of the Year category in this year’s Brit Awards, it rather tiringly signals that women are considered only as ‘pop stars’ rather than ‘artists’

Harry Styles performs during the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2022 in Indio, California. Picture: Getty

And the award for Best Artist goes to . . . a man!

Now in its second year of gender-neutral categories, the Brit Awards has regressed on the progress made in 2022 when Adele, Wolf Alice, Billie Eilish and Little Simz swept the board. The nominees for Artist of the Year are Harry Styles, Stormzy, Fred Again, Central Cee and George Ezra. Five men, in other words.

Due to take place on Wednesday evening, the ...