Lily Allen Singer slams BRIT Awards for lack of diversity on new nomination list

The British singer went on a bitter rant online slamming "music industry figures" for ignoring unsigned talents. She slammed people who "work at major labels" for ignoring some artists in the grime and rap scene and instead focusing more on their own signed musicians.

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Lily Allen is not happy with this year's BRIT Awards nomination list and took to her Facebook to air her thoughts about the lack of diversity on the list.

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The British singer went on a bitter rant online slamming "music industry figures" for ignoring unsigned talents. She slammed people who "work at major labels" for ignoring some artists in the grime and rap scene, and instead focusing more on their own signed musicians.

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The singer was responding to an opinion piece entitled: "No grime at the Brits? No change there," on the Guardian website, which weighed in on the recent nominations… writing:  "The Brit awards’ blindness to black British talent goes on, as incredible years for Skepta, Stormzy and Lady Leshurr are shunned for music Alan Partridge would approve of."

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Lily wrote on Facebook:

"'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.

"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.

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"Skepta JME and Stormzy are all unsigned artists, who would gain from them winning anything? In fact them being nominated or even winning poses a direct threat to 'music industry figures'. Imagine if Skepta or Stormzy won , who would they thank in their speeches, who's ego would get massaged?

"No music industry figure or current model music industry can benefit from any of the artists in this article being nominated, the artist could benefit immensely that's for sure this is an example music industry figures throwing artists under the bus for personal gain and it's not a culture , it's a religion."

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