Peter Andre slams Brit Awards for axing best male and best female categories

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 29:  Peter Andre, former husband of Katie Price a.k.a. Jordan, attends a photocall during the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival on August 29, 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Martin McNeil/Getty Images)

Peter Andre has slammed the Brit Awards' decision to ditch its traditional best male and best female categories to create space for gender non-conforming nominees at future ceremonies.

In his New! magazine column earlier this week, the singer touched on non-binary star Sam Smith - who recently announced that they would like to be referred to by non-gendered pronouns rather than 'he' or 'she' - and claimed that axing existing categories wasn't the way to achieve further equality.

"I'm fine with Sam and other people identifying themselves however they like, but I don't agree with getting rid of best male and female categories," the 46 year old said. "I think it's all going way too far now.

"By all means add a brand new gender-neutral category, but what's wrong with celebrating the exceptional people in the music industry who identify as men and women? I don't get it. The problem is people get offended way too easily nowadays."

While Brits organisers have confirmed that next year's event won't be affected by the proposed plan, Andre doesn't seem to be the only celeb left unimpressed by awards' desire to "evolve". Last month, Good Morning Britain Piers Morgan said: "I think it's just great that time-honoured traditions should be scrapped because one guy can't decide if he is male or female.

Referring to Smith, Morgan added: "I think it is a load of nonsense. The idea you have to change entire award categories for one guy, it's nonsense."

"So they are saying they want to accommodate non-binary performers like Sam Smith. Now he'll enter the non-binary categories. The whole point of having gender categories is to make it fair, to make it equal. Now we are going to go the other way."

It's worth noting that the Grammy Awards axed their male and female gender categories in favour of more inclusive groupings back in 2012. Despite this, the Metro reports that there are some individuals within the music industry who are apparently worried that men will dominate in certain categories and marginalising female artists.

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair talks to singer Peter Andre during the EU enlargement: Unification of Europe - VIP Party, to celebrate the entry of 10 new countries into the European Union, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Where Mr Blair launched the Crossroads for Ideas initiative, a joint project between the Foreign Office and the British Council. The scheme will bring some of the most talented young professionals from Central Europe - working in television, fashion, design, architecture, science, the environment and finance - to meet their British counterparts to exchange ideas, experiences and skills.
Pop stars Peter Andre (left) and Robbie Williams in London today (Thursday) before appearing at this evening's 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards. Williams, formerly of Take That, will be hosting the awards, whilst teen heart-throb Andre will be performing in the show. Photo by Michael Stephens/PA.
Former Take That star Robbie Williams (bottom left) and pop star Peter Andre (bottom centre) join members of the Irish pop band Boyzone for a photocall prior to the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards in London. Williams will host the show * Boyzone (l-r) Stephen Gately, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy (seated, Nike cap) and Michael Graham.
FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Pop Star Peter Andre, who has recently hit the charts with his new singler All About Us, after he had his hand cast today (Tuesday) at the Rock Circus 'Wall of Hands' in conjunction with the Coca Cola Thirst For it Competition. Photo by Ben Curtis/PA
Former Take That stars Robbie Williams (right) and Gary Barlow (2nd left) line up with Peter Andre and Channel 4's Big Breakfast presenter Denise Van Outen, for the finale of tonight's (Sunday) Concert of Hope, at London's Battersea Power Station. Proceeds from the annual concert will benefit the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. See PA story DIANA Concert. Photo by Fiona Hanson/PA
Glamour model Jordan with her parents Amy (far left) and Paul (centre left) and her boyfriend, singer Peter Andre arrive at Gordon Ramsay's temporary restaurant in Brick Lane, east London for 'Hell's Kitchen', the ITV reality cooking show with celebrities manning the kitchen . Hosted by Angus Deaton, the show sees the worst chefs voted off by the public.
Jordan and Peter Andre during the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards at Berkeley Square in central London - the first annual award ceremony held by the women's magazine.
Peter Andre and Jordan at the BRMB Party in the Park, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
A pregnant Jordan and boyfriend Peter Andre arriving at the European Premiere of House of Wax, Leicester Square, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Peter Andre and Katie Price at the The BBC Radio 1 Chart Show Live, which is being held at the Brighton Dome, Brighton.
Katie Price and Peter Andre leaving the High Court in London after winning thier libel case against the News Of The World.
Peter Andre and girlfriend Emily MacDonagh arriving at The National Television Awards 2013, The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London.
Peter Andre and Emily MacDonagh attending the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball, held at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.
Ed Sheeran and Peter Andre at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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