It has been announced that the Brit Awards are making sweeping changes to their awards format for 2020.
The awards will take place on February 18th, and all award winners will be chosen by an “official voting academy”, of 1,200 “experts from all areas of the music industry,” says the BBC.
It was previously reported that the awards would be scrapping their gender-based categories.
A source told The Sun: “Bosses are listening to changes happening in the industry.”
“The categories will evolve in the coming years.”
“The male and female categories will still be in place next February but changes are being planned for the following year.”
David Joseph, chairman of The Brits Committee for 2020, told NME:
“We have had a fresh look at the Brit Awards this year. Most importantly we will be putting creativity, British culture and exceptional performances at the heart of the show to make Brits night a world class celebration.”
“The awards should be a global platform for the artists of the year to create moments that live beyond the night itself.”
“We are looking at everything to put on the best possible show.”
For the first time, musicians will be also be given full creative control of their awards performances.
The award ceremony’s classic Lady Britannia accolade statue will also return, after ten years of being designed by various artists.