Music 13 January 2019 | 15:39

The future of music is female

13 January 2019 15:39

Dua’s done it again. Last year, she caught everyone’s attention as the most nominated artist at the BRIT Awards – nominated in five categories, winning two – and, despite having spent the majority of last year touring, only releasing two new songs, she’s up for four awards at the 2019 ceremony, firmly cementing herself as the queen of British pop music.

But she’s got some stiff competition. Anne-Marie has also been nominated for four awards and, for the second time in history, there are more women than men up for the coveted album of the year award, with Florence + The Machine, Jorja Smith and Anne-Marie competing against The 1975 and George Ezra for the top spot. Elsewhere, the likes of Mabel and Ella Mai dominate the nominations for British breakthrough act – overall, it looks like the future of music is female.

And, to be honest, this has been a long time coming. Female artists have always dominated the charts, but are rarely adequately represented at awards ceremonies. It seems that the BRIT voters took heed when Dua Lipa said, ‘here’s to more women winning awards and more women taking over the world,’ while accepting the prize for best female last year.

This is, of course, part of a wider cultural moment too, as more and more women are being taken seriously in the wake of #MeToo and Time’s Up. These movements haven’t just brought accusations of abuse and sexual misconduct to light, they’ve also helped many people appreciate the value of female voices. The world is finally realising that women are worth listening to, so let’s turn up the volume.

Find the full list of BRIT Awards 2019 nominees here.