The BRIT Awards 2024 RAYE makes history with a record breaking

The BRIT Awards 2024: RAYE makes history with a record-breaking SEVEN nods as she leads female-dominated nominations alongside Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift after a controversial switch sparked a gender row

Solo artist RAYE has broken the record for most nominated British woman in history after being nominated for seven BRIT Awards this year, the highest number ever for a female artist at the event.

Any remaining excitement over last year's male-dominated ceremony was brushed aside on Wednesday when nominations for this year's event were announced in London.

The controversial decision to replace the “men” and “women” categories with a gender-neutral “Artist of the Year” award sparked outrage in 2023 that no woman or non-binary person was included in the five nominations.

But a lot can happen in a year, and the subsequent tweaking of the category – which has doubled in size – has resulted in a balanced mix, with six of the ten nominees being established artists – including British star RAYE.

The London-born singer broke records with seven nominations on Wednesday following the release of her long-awaited debut album, “My 21st Century Blues,” the most ever for a female artist.

Solo artist RAYE has broken the record as the most nominated British woman in history after being nominated for seven BRIT Awards this year

NOMINATIONS FOR THE BRIT AWARD AT A GLANCE

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Arlo Parks

Central Cee

Dave

Dua Lipa

Fred again…

J Hus

Jessie Ware

Little Simz

Olivia Dean

RAYE

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Blur

Tracking and status

Headie One and K Trap

jungle

Young fathers

SONG OF THE YEAR

Calvin Harris – Miracle

Ray-Prada

Central Cee – Letting go

Dave – sprinter

Dua Lipa – Dance the night away

Ed Sheeran – eyes closed

J Hus – Who told you?

Kenya Grace – Strangers

Lewis Capaldi – I wish you all the best

Pink Panthers – Boy is a liar

RAYE – Escapism

Rudimental – Dancing is healing

Stormzy – Firebae

Change disco – react

Venebee – Messy in Heaven

The London-born singer broke records with seven nominations on Wednesday following the release of her long-awaited debut album, the most ever for a female artist

The London-born singer broke records with seven nominations on Wednesday following the release of her long-awaited debut album, the most ever for a female artist

The LP is also nominated for Album of the Year, while its third single, Escapism, is listed as a potential Song of the Year.

RAYE is also included in the five-strong Best New Artist category and will also be a nominee in the R&B Act and Pop Act categories.

Elsewhere, she features in a seventh song for Song of the Year, having co-written BRIT-nominated Prada with Casso and D Block Europe.

When the nominations were announced on Wednesday, the singer admitted she was honored to receive the award after years of struggling to make it in the music industry.

“It’s a miracle, it’s deep,” she said. “A year and a half ago I was at rock bottom as far as the industry was concerned and never in my wildest dreams would I have wanted to try again and that would have resulted in seven BRIT nominations.”

“I'm a British boy, I went to BRIT school and that was the goal.” The ultimate goal was to somehow find my way to the BRIT Awards. That's a completely different matter. It's a joke. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.'

The British phonograph industry, which organizes the annual event, admits there has been a rebalancing of the gender balance following last year's controversial decision to exclude female and non-binary artists from the Artist of the Year category.

When the awards became gender-neutral for the first time in 2022, a total of 18 artists or all-female groups were nominated – the most in a decade – and that number increased to 20 in 2023.

Women now feature in more than half (55%) of this year's nominations – either as solo artists or as part of female groups – and this rises to 57% when women are included in mixed-gender groups.

On Wednesday, BPI events director Maggie Crowe said, “We shared our frustration that there were no women or R&B artists represented last year.”

Dua Lipa's limited production over the past 12 months hasn't stopped her from performing in three categories at the upcoming event

Dua Lipa's limited production over the past 12 months hasn't stopped her from performing in three categories at the upcoming event

Additionally, the singer, whose third album is expected to be released later this year, will perform live at the O2 Arena event on March 2nd

Additionally, the singer, whose third album is expected to be released later this year, will perform live at the O2 Arena event on March 2nd

American superstar Taylor Swift receives a nomination in the Best International Artist category.

American superstar Taylor Swift receives a nomination in the Best International Artist category.

Little Simz is represented in three categories at this year's event: Artist of the Year, Hip Hop/Grime and Album of the Year

Little Simz is represented in three categories at this year's event: Artist of the Year, Hip Hop/Grime and Album of the Year

“We consulted with our advisory group and thought long and hard about how we should proceed.”

Arlo Parks, Jessie Ware, Little Simz, Olivia Sims and Dua Lipa make up the female nominees for the Artist of the Year category, while the male nominations go to Central Cee, Dave, J Hus and Fred Again…

Dua Lipa's limited production over the past 12 months hasn't stopped her from performing in two additional categories at the upcoming event.

The singer's Barbie soundtrack Dance The Night – one of only two original tracks the artist has released since 2020's Future Nostalgia – is among the nominees for Song of the Year.

Lipa's global appeal has also helped her find a place in the pop act category, despite spending much of the past 12 months touring the world.

Additionally, the singer, whose third album is expected to be released later this year, will perform live at the O2 Arena event on March 2nd.

There were a total of 98 nominees for this year's BRIT Awards, more than ever before.

Calvin Harris (pictured with Dua Lipa at the 2019 BRIT Awards) is nominated for Song of the Year and Best Dance Act

Calvin Harris (pictured with Dua Lipa at the 2019 BRIT Awards) is nominated for Song of the Year and Best Dance Act

The Scottish DJ and producer still commands a huge following and his popularity is reflected in this year's nominations

The Scottish DJ and producer still commands a huge following and his popularity is reflected in this year's nominations

Ceremony organizers came under fire in 2023 after female musicians were excluded from the Female Artist of the Year award, which Harry Styles (pictured) later won

Ceremony organizers came under fire in 2023 after female musicians were excluded from the Female Artist of the Year award, which Harry Styles (pictured) later won

BRIT AWARDS 2023: THE WINNERS

Mastercard Album of the Year

The year 1975 – Being funny in a foreign language

Wet leg – Wet leg

Harry Styles – Harry’s House – WINNER

Stormzy – that’s what I mean

Fred Again – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9, 2022)

Artist of the Year

Central Cee

Fred again

George Ezra

Harry Styles – WINNER

Stormzy

Group of the Year

The 1975

Arctic monkeys

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Nova twins

Wet Leg – WINNER

Best New Artist

Kojey Radical

Mimi Webb

Rina Sawayama

Sam Ryder

Wet Leg – WINNER

Song of the Year with Mastercard

Aitch – Baby Ft Ashanti

Cat burns – go

Dave – Starlight

Ed Sheeran and Elton John – Merry Christmas

Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal – the worst of them all

George Ezra – Green green grass

Harry Styles – As It Was – WINNER

Lewis Capaldi – Forget me

Lf system – fear of feelings

Sam Smith and Kim Petras – Unholy

Best alt rock

The 1975 WINNER

Arctic monkeys

Nova twins

Tom Grennan

Wet leg

Rising star

Flo

Producer of the Year

David Guetta

songwriter of the year

Kid Harpoon – co-writer and co-producer of Harry's House

Hip hop/grime/rap

Aitch – WINNER

Central Cee

Dave

Loyle Carner

Stormzy

dance act

Becky Hill – WINNER

Bonobo

Calvin Harris

Eliza Rose

Fred again

Pop/R'n'B

Cat burns

Charli Xcx

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles – WINNER

Sam Smith

International Artist of the Year

Beyoncé – WINNER

Burna Boy

Kendrick Lamar

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

International Group of the Year

black pink

Drake and 21 Savage

First aid kit

Fontaines DC – WINNER

Gabriel's

International Song of the Year

Beyonce – Break My Soul – WINNER

David Guetta and Bebe Rexa – I'm Good (Blue)

Fireboy Dml & Ed Sheeran – Peru

Mauro Castillo, Stephanie Beatriz, Carolina Gaitán, Rhenzy Feliz, Encanto – Cast, Adassa, Diane Guerrero – We Dont Talk About Bruno

Gayle – Abcdefu

Jack Harlow – First Class

Lizzo – About the damn time

Calum Scott and Lost Frequencies – Where Are You?

A republic – I'm not worried

Taylor Swift – anti-hero

Calvin Harris is nominated for Song of the Year and Dance Act, while indie band Blur is nominated for Group of the Year and Alternative Rock Group.

Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus were also nominated for international artist of the year.

And Billie Eilish, Doja Cat and Olivia Rodrigo are nominated for international song of the year.

However, Harry Styles was not nominated for any category this year after his highly successful Artist of the Year award at the 2023 BRIT Awards.

Last year, Styles and the band Wet Leg were the most nominated artists, with four nominations each.

Styles emerged as a big winner, winning all four categories in which he was nominated.

The first gender-neutral award was given to Adele in 2022, but in her acceptance speech she clearly told the audience: “I love being a woman.”

The first gender-neutral award was given to Adele in 2022, but in her acceptance speech she clearly told the audience: “I love being a woman.”

Sam Smith led calls to scrap gender categories at the awards

Sam Smith led calls to scrap gender categories at the awards

RAYE beat reigning champions Craig David, Robbie Williams and the Gorillaz, who have all been nominated for six awards in recent years.

Williams holds the record for winning the most BRIT Awards, 17 as a solo artist and part of Take That.

Adele follows closely behind with 12, followed by Coldplay with nine.

In another twist, the public will have the opportunity to vote for five categories instead of four compared to previous years.

“This year we feel like we have a really good story to tell and that British talent is better represented. We are making good progress.”

This year's award was designed by British artist Rachel Jones and is inspired by “colors, patterns and textures.”

Damon Albarn and Blue were nominated twice following the surprise release of 2023 album The Ballad Of Darren

Damon Albarn and Blue were nominated twice following the surprise release of 2023 album The Ballad Of Darren

Olivia Dean was honored in the Best New Artist and Pop Act categories

Olivia Dean was honored in the Best New Artist and Pop Act categories

Rapper Central Cee has secured four nominations this year, including for the major awards of Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

Rapper Central Cee has secured four nominations this year, including for the major awards of Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

Blur has three nominations this year for Album of the Year, Alternative Rock,

Blur has three nominations this year for Album of the Year, Alternative Rock,

This year, ceremony organizers came under scrutiny after female musicians – including Charli XCX and Florence And The Machine – were excluded from the Female Artist of the Year award, which Harry Styles ultimately won.

Following the uproar, an extensive review took place and the category was expanded from five to ten nominations. This also applies to the International Artist Of The Year.

Other changes for the awards show, scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 2, include a new standalone category for R&B. It used to be pop/R&B.

A source told The Sun: “The BRITs' decision to create genderless categories was huge and they have now tweaked them again to try and make them more inclusive.”

“The move to genderlessness should be progressive and with this change they hope it reflects that.”

Music industry bosses faced a backlash when they dismantled the two categories in a bid to be inclusive and relevant after non-binary musicians, including Sam Smith, who does not identify as a man or a woman, said they felt excluded.

The first gender-neutral award was given to Adele in 2022, but in her acceptance speech she clearly told the audience: “I love being a woman.”

It is understood she also expressed her dismay after it was revealed this year's shortlist only included men.

When former One Direction star Harry, 29, accepted the Female Artist of the Year award, he dedicated it to several artists who were not nominated.

He said: “I am aware of my privilege up here tonight, so this award goes to Reyna, Florence.” [Welch]Mabel and Becky [Hill].'

The changes came after singer Sam Smith – who identifies as non-binary – pressured organizers to remove male and female categories earlier this year.

This year's BRIT Awards will be broadcast live on ITV on March 2nd at 8pm.

BRIT AWARDS 2024 – FULL NOMINATIONS

SONG OF THE YEAR

Calvin Harris – Miracle

Casso x RAYE – Prada

Central Cee – Letting go

Dave – sprinter

Dua Lipa – Dance the night away

Ed Sheeran – eyes closed

J Hus – Who told you?

Kenya Grace – Strangers

Lewis Capaldi – I wish you all the best

Pink Pantheress – Boy is a liar

RAYE – Escapism

Rudimental – Dancing is healing

Stormzy – Firebae

Change disco – react

Venebee – Messy in Heaven

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BEST NEW ARTIST

Mahalia

Olivia Dean

Pink pantheress

RAYE

Yuseff Dayes

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Arlo Parks

Central Cee

Dave

Dua Lipa

Fred again…

J Hus

Jessie Ware

Little Simz

Olivia Dean

RAYE

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GROUP OF THE YEAR

Blur

Tracking and status

Headie One and K-Trap

jungle

Young fathers

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Blink 182

Boygenius

Foo fighters

Gabriel's

Paramore

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DANCE ACT

Barry can't swim

Becky Hill

Calvin Harris

Fred again…

Romy
R&B ACT

Cleo Sol

Jorja Smith

Mahalia

RAYE

Sault

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Blur

bring me The Horizon

The Rolling Stones

Young fathers

Yusseff Dayes

HIP HOP/GRIME/RAP ACT

CASSIEDEAD

Central Cee

Dave

J Hus

Little Simz

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POP ACT

Calvin Harris

Charli XCX

Dua Lipa

Olivia Dean

RAYE

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

Asake

Burna Boy

Caroline Polachek

CMAT

Kylie Minogue

Lana del Rey

Miley Cyrus

Olivia Rodrigo

SZA

Taylor Swift

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INTERNATIONAL SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – What I was made for

David Kushner – Daylight

Doja Cat – Paint the City Red

Jazzy – Giving Me

Libianca – people

Meghan trainer – made you look

Miley Cyrus – Flowers

Noah Kahan – Embroidery Season

Oliver Tree – I miss you

Olivia Rodrigo – Vampire

Peggy Gou – It goes like this

Rema – Calm down

SZA – Kill Bill

Tate McRae – Greedy –

Tyla – Water

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Blur – the ballad by Darren

J Hus – Beautiful

Little Simz – No thanks

RAYE – My Blues of the 21st Century

Young Fathers – Hard Hard

BRITISH RISER

Caity Baser

Sekou Island

The Last Dinner Party (Winner)