Organisers behind the Brit Awards have revealed they will review the male and female categories following calls for a more inclusive reward system.
However, reports that the gender-based awards have already been axed are based on rumour and speculation, organisers told the BBC.
The source also confirmed there will definitely be male and female awards in the UK and international categories in February 2020.
This comes after a story in the Sunday Times (£) said organisers wanted to accommodate non-binary artists, who identify as neither male or female, and that they would likely scrap the gender-specific awards as a result.
The subject has come centre stage after Sam Smith asked to be referred to with they/them pronouns, instead of he/him.
Sam wrote on Instagram:
After a lifetime of being at war with my gender Ive decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.
If the Brits were to make the move towards a more inclusive award system, it wouldnt be the first organisation to do so.
In 2017, Emma Watson was the first person to receive the MTV Movie Awards gender neutral best movie performance prize.
During her acceptance speech, the actor praised the decision to merge the actor and actress categories into one.
She told the audience:
With acting, you put yourself in someone elses shoes. The only distinction should be between each outstanding performance.
Since rumours surround the Brits potential shake up began circulating, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan accused organisers of wrecking their reputation.
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