BRIT Awards 2022: Genderless categories, four new genre awards and new host Mo Gilligan announced for next year's ceremony

The BRITs also return with brand-new genre awards for rock and dance acts, as well as a new host in the form of Mo Gilligan.

It's been announced that next year's BRIT Awards will scrap gendered categories, as well as welcoming first-time host Mo Gilligan.

Previously, awards in the ceremony had split male and female artists, but this will be done away with for 2022. Now, a single Artist of the Year award will replace the British Male and British Female awards.

The same will also happen for the previously gendered International Solo Artist awards. The BRIT Awards 2022 will also be welcoming a stack of new awards to next year's ceremony. Alongside the inaugural Songwriter of the Year gong, the British public will be able to decide upon the winner for four new genre awards - Alternative/Rock Act, Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap Act, Dance Act and Pop Act.

Comedian Mo Gilligan - best known for his Channel 4 chat show The Lateish Show - will also be replacing Jack Whitehall as the ceremony's main host for 2022. It will be the first time a non-white person has hosted the awards since 1994, when RuPaul co-presented alongside Elton John. 

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Joining Mo will be radio DJs Maya Jama and Clara Amfo, who will announce the nominations this December on The BRITs Are Coming, as well as host the main ceremony's official red carpet. 

Commenting on the new changes, Tom March, co-president of Polydor Records, said: “It is important that the Brits continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible.”

From this year's BRITs, Dua Lipa took home the coveted Album of the Year award for second record Future Nostalgia, while Little Mix became the first girl-group to win Group of the Year, thanking acts like Girls Aloud and Sugababes in their speech.  

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