Compared to other national awards like the Turner Prize and Ivor Novello awards, the applicants for Brit Awards and Mercury Prize are required to show proof of citizenship before they can qualify. Both awards are organized by the British Phonographic Industry or BPI.
According to a spokesperson from BPI, “Both The BRIT Awards and the Hyundai Mercury Prize aim to be as inclusive as possible within their parameters, and their processes and eligibility criteria are constantly reviewed.”
“If I was snubbed, I would be like, ‘Well, OK, fine… Let’s just make a better record and move on,’” she says. “But the fact that I wasn’t even eligible is like… I don’t even know what that emotion was. It was othering,” she shared.