ARIA awards become gender neutral, remove gender categories
The ARIA Music Awards will take giant strides towards greater inclusion, starting with the next awards ceremony in November.
Announcing that there would be no top male or top female artist at the November show, Annabelle Herd, managing director of ARIA, said in a statement that “if you have categories limited to people who identify as male or female, then you’re excluding a whole bunch of amazing non-binary artists. And it was clear that the time to exclude non-binary artists was absolutely over.
âThe music industry demands a more equal, inclusive, safe and supportive space for everyone and ARIA is working hard to achieve this through the ARIA Awards and everything we do,â Herd said.
“Gender should not be a contributing factor”
It is indeed a huge step forward, and one which will be warmly welcomed by G Flip., which came out as non-binary earlier this year. G Flip had said Star Watcher that attitudes towards gender identity change. âIt is certainly the younger generation who understand it bestâ¦ the older generation find it the most difficult to understand. “
Other artists have also welcomed the change, including recording artist Greg Gould who recently amassed 20 million views for his award-winning music videos and number one album â1998â.
Talk with Star watcher, Gould said that âas a queer Australian artist – I am truly proud of ARIAS for leading the significant change globally for equality and inclusiveness – this is about art and music – gender should not be a contributing factor. “
“I am so happy that we can all be celebrated in the same way, so that work is our focus – this is a deep step in what I hope continues to change in all industries and other awards like the Logies and the AACTAS and international programs like the GRAMMYs and the Oscars. We must all be included and recognized as equal, âsaid Gould.
Promote better inclusion
Speaking with ABC On Wednesday, Herd also said that ARIAS will be actively working in other areas to effectively promote better inclusion in all facets of awards, saying about this work: you get change at every level, â
Herd explained that the ARIAs are taking several other steps, including reviewing juries to ensure they better reflect the industry.
This year’s awards ceremony, for the second year in a row, will be a digital affair broadcast on Youtube on November 24.e, and will come after the carnage that has taken place over the past 18 months for the Australian music industry, which has suffered from progressive lockdowns and lack of adequate support from state and federal governments.