Rina Sawayama has made some significant changes to the rules governing which artists are eligible for both the Mercury Prize and the British-specific categories at the Brit Awards.
Although Sawayama has been based in the UK for over two decades, dual citizenship was not an option due to the rules set by Japan. This made the artist ineligible for the British and Irish Mercury Prize shortlist.
– RINA SAWAYAMA (@rinasawayama) February 24, 2021
After a passionate campaign, this is no longer the case. The BPI agrees to a change that will allow any musician who has lived in the UK for five years to be considered for two of the country’s largest awards shows.
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“It wouldn’t have happened without your collective voice,” she replied on social media.
“At the age of 26 in the UK, I am so proud to be able to make this systemic change for future generations so that we can see a more diverse definition of British musical excellence in the years to come.”