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Charli XCX accuses Brit Awards of sexism over male-dominated shortlist

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The Brit Awards has been plunged into a sexism row, as Charli XCX hit out at the event for having male and female nominees competing in separate categories.

Speaking to The Mirror at the NME Awards on Thursday,  the singer, 27, criticised the ceremony for making the women feel like a ‘subplot’ or ‘warm-up act’ for their male counterparts.

Referring to how the unisex Mastercard Album of the Year and Best Group categories are male-dominated, and the specific awards for men or women, she said: ‘What the f*** is that about?

Sexist: On Thursday, Charli XCX accused Brit Awards of sexism as she claimed the ceremony's male-dominated shortlist made female singers seem like just a 'warm-up act'

Sexist: On Thursday, Charli XCX accused Brit Awards of sexism as she claimed the ceremony's male-dominated shortlist made female singers seem like just a 'warm-up act'

Sexist: On Thursday, Charli XCX accused Brit Awards of sexism as she claimed the ceremony’s male-dominated shortlist made female singers seem like just a ‘warm-up act’

‘It’s what everyone has been saying. Women don’t just deserve to be in the female categories, we’re not the subplot, the warm-up act, we’re the main event.’ 

Ella Eyre, who won British Single of the Year with Rudimental in 2014, reiterated Charli’s sentiment, as she said: ‘It’s sad that I’m not even shocked. I don’t even know what can be said now to change it. 

‘It’s time for these organisations to recognise there are some really talented women out there who deserve to be at least considered.’ 

Frustrated: Referring to how the unisex Album of the Year category, which features Harry Styles' new album, is male-dominated, she said: 'We're not the subplot, the warm-up act'

Frustrated: Referring to how the unisex Album of the Year category, which features Harry Styles' new album, is male-dominated, she said: 'We're not the subplot, the warm-up act'

Frustrated: Referring to how the unisex Album of the Year category, which features Harry Styles’ new album, is male-dominated, she said: ‘We’re not the subplot, the warm-up act’

For the men: The Album of the Year category doesn't feature a single female nominee, as Lewis Capaldi (pictured) goes against Harry, Stormzy, Michael Kiwanuka, and Dave for the accolade

For the men: The Album of the Year category doesn't feature a single female nominee, as Lewis Capaldi (pictured) goes against Harry, Stormzy, Michael Kiwanuka, and Dave for the accolade

For the men: The Album of the Year category doesn’t feature a single female nominee, as Lewis Capaldi (pictured) goes against Harry, Stormzy, Michael Kiwanuka, and Dave for the accolade

Charli is up for Best Female Solo Artist, and is shortlisted with FKA Twigs, Freya Ridings, Mabel, and Mahalia. 

Meanwhile, the Album of the Year category doesn’t feature a single female nominee, as Harry Styles and Lewis Capaldi go up against Stormzy, Michael Kiwanuka, and Dave for the accolade.

While the Best Group category sees Coldplay go head-to-head with Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, D-Block Europe, and Foals.

Separate category: Charli is up for Best Female Solo Artist, and is going up against the likes of FKA Twigs, Freya Ridings, Mabel, and Mahalia for the gong

Separate category: Charli is up for Best Female Solo Artist, and is going up against the likes of FKA Twigs, Freya Ridings, Mabel, and Mahalia for the gong

Separate category: Charli is up for Best Female Solo Artist, and is going up against the likes of FKA Twigs, Freya Ridings, Mabel, and Mahalia for the gong

Even the Song Of The Year award only shortlisted two female nominees, as Mabel has to compete against Normani’s track with Sam Smith, Dancing With A Stranger, as well as the likes of Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, and Tom Walker. 

The Brit Awards are voted on by members of the Brits academy, which is combined of over 1,000 musicians, including previous winners. 

And the nominations are chosen from the artists, albums and songs that are featured on the Official Charts Company. 

Against each other: Even the Song Of The Year award only shortlisted two female nominees, as Mabel has to compete against Normani's track with Sam Smith Dancing With A Stranger

Against each other: Even the Song Of The Year award only shortlisted two female nominees, as Mabel has to compete against Normani's track with Sam Smith Dancing With A Stranger

Against each other: Even the Song Of The Year award only shortlisted two female nominees, as Mabel has to compete against Normani’s track with Sam Smith Dancing With A Stranger

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‘My daughter finds me mortifying’: Gwyneth Paltrow ‘failed as a mother’ by making Apple cry

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Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she ‘failed as a mother’ by making her teenage daughter cry during a ‘road rage’ incident.

The Oscar-winning actress, 47, confessed Apple, 15, finds her ‘mortifying’ as she discussed parenting with Ellen’s guest host John Legend during an appearance on the show on Friday.  

The Goop founder is mother to daughter Apple and son Moses, 13, from her first marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 42, who she was married to from 2003 to 2014.

'She finds me mortifying!': Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she 'failed as a mother' by making her teenage daughter cry during a 'road rage' incident

'She finds me mortifying!': Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she 'failed as a mother' by making her teenage daughter cry during a 'road rage' incident

‘She finds me mortifying!’: Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted she ‘failed as a mother’ by making her teenage daughter cry during a ‘road rage’ incident 

Legend is father to two kids like Paltrow is, but Gwyneth’s are older than his, and he asked if they’re at the point where she’s ’embarrassing’ to them.

‘My daughter finds me mortifying,’ Paltrow said. ‘If I do anything in public, past just not talking and standing still, she’s like “Oh my God stop it!”‘

She also revealed that Apple has her learner’s permit and she drives them to school every day, and one day she drove was the first time she ‘failed as a mother.’

Ouch! The Oscar-winning actress, 47, confessed Apple, 15, finds her 'mortifying'

Ouch! The Oscar-winning actress, 47, confessed Apple, 15, finds her 'mortifying'

Ouch! The Oscar-winning actress, 47, confessed Apple, 15, finds her ‘mortifying’

Failed: Gwyneth discussed parenting with Ellen's guest host John Legend during an appearance on Friday

Failed: Gwyneth discussed parenting with Ellen's guest host John Legend during an appearance on Friday

Failed: Gwyneth discussed parenting with Ellen’s guest host John Legend during an appearance on Friday

‘She’s a really good driver. I try to be calm and… the first time I failed as a mother, because she went through a red light and I kind of yelled at her,’ Paltrow said.

‘Then she started crying and it was just terrible and I felt so bad,’ she added. ‘So then I was like, OK, you know what, I’m just gonna be chill, and now she’s an amazing driver and I think I’ve learned from my mistakes.’

Paltrow added that she kind of has, ‘road rage’ in the car, and she can see how her daughter, ‘takes on certain aspects of you.’

Doting mom: The Goop founder is mother to daughter Apple and son Moses, 13, from her first marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 42, who she was married to from 2003 to 2014

Doting mom: The Goop founder is mother to daughter Apple and son Moses, 13, from her first marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 42, who she was married to from 2003 to 2014

Doting mom: The Goop founder is mother to daughter Apple and son Moses, 13, from her first marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 42, who she was married to from 2003 to 2014

Yelled: 'She's a really good driver. I try to be calm and... the first time I failed as a mother, because she went through a red light and I kind of yelled at her,' Paltrow said

Yelled: 'She's a really good driver. I try to be calm and... the first time I failed as a mother, because she went through a red light and I kind of yelled at her,' Paltrow said

Yelled: ‘She’s a really good driver. I try to be calm and… the first time I failed as a mother, because she went through a red light and I kind of yelled at her,’ Paltrow said

Legend added that his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen has road rage too, with Paltrow adding, ‘it’s the place I get out all my anger.’

‘I wanna yell at someone where no one can hear me,’ Paltrow explained, as Legend explained it’s the only place he’s ‘aggressive’ and he’s usually, ‘the calmest person.’

He added that road rage feels, ‘futile,’ which Paltrow agreed with, adding, ‘It is futile, it’s ridiculous, but I still do it and now she is starting to yell at people behind the wheel.’

Road rage: Legend added that his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen has road rage too, with Paltrow adding, 'it's the place I get out all my anger'

Road rage: Legend added that his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen has road rage too, with Paltrow adding, 'it's the place I get out all my anger'

Road rage: Legend added that his wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen has road rage too, with Paltrow adding, ‘it’s the place I get out all my anger’

Calmest: 'I wanna yell at someone where no one can hear me,' Paltrow explained, as Legend explained it's the only place he's 'aggressive' and he's usually, 'the calmest person'

Calmest: 'I wanna yell at someone where no one can hear me,' Paltrow explained, as Legend explained it's the only place he's 'aggressive' and he's usually, 'the calmest person'

Calmest: ‘I wanna yell at someone where no one can hear me,’ Paltrow explained, as Legend explained it’s the only place he’s ‘aggressive’ and he’s usually, ‘the calmest person’

She also opened up her controversial Goop candle dubbed ‘This Candle Smells Like My Vagina.’

When asked about how that came about, she said, ‘The idea that women have been taught to have a certain amount of shame about their body.’

‘So, if you just light a candle that says This Smells Like My Vagina, and put it on the coffee table, it’s kind of a punk rock statement,’ she added.

Goop candle: She also opened up her controversial Goop candle dubbed 'This Candle Smells Like My Vagina'

Goop candle: She also opened up her controversial Goop candle dubbed 'This Candle Smells Like My Vagina'

Goop candle: She also opened up her controversial Goop candle dubbed ‘This Candle Smells Like My Vagina’

SHame: When asked about how that came about, she said, 'The idea that women have been taught to have a certain amount of shame about their body'

SHame: When asked about how that came about, she said, 'The idea that women have been taught to have a certain amount of shame about their body'

SHame: When asked about how that came about, she said, ‘The idea that women have been taught to have a certain amount of shame about their body’

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Harry Styles rocks another black leather Gucci bag as he arrives at BBC R2

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He has a tendency to walk on the wild side with his fashion choices.

And Harry Styles was working a typically quirky ensemble as he arrived at BBC Radio 2 for Zoe Balls’ breakfast show in central London on Friday morning.

The Adore You hitmaker, 25, who has proved to have a penchant for Gucci bags in recent days, also wore a black leather bag from the Fall Menswear 2020 Collection. 

Cool: Harry Styles was working a typically quirky ensemble as he arrived at BBC Radio 2 for Zoe Balls' breakfast show in central London on Friday morning

Cool: Harry Styles was working a typically quirky ensemble as he arrived at BBC Radio 2 for Zoe Balls' breakfast show in central London on Friday morning

Cool: Harry Styles was working a typically quirky ensemble as he arrived at BBC Radio 2 for Zoe Balls’ breakfast show in central London on Friday morning

The bag from Fall 2020 menswear collection is likely to retail from between £1,500 and £2,500.

Days earlier Harry was seen with a £1,750 1955 black leather Horsebit shoulder bag as he arrived at Heathrow airport on Monday afternoon.

On Friday, Harry looked impossibly cool as he arrived in a brown striped T-shirt under a £994 ($1,295) Bode gray green appliqued wool-twill jacket.

A self-confessed lover of ‘big pants’, Harry donned a pair of tan flared cord trousers while teaming them with a pair of classic black and white Vans.

Stylish: The Adore You hitmaker, 25, who has proved to have a penchant for Gucci bags in recent days, also wore a black leather bag from the Fall Menswear 2020 Collection

Stylish: The Adore You hitmaker, 25, who has proved to have a penchant for Gucci bags in recent days, also wore a black leather bag from the Fall Menswear 2020 Collection

Stylish: The Adore You hitmaker, 25, who has proved to have a penchant for Gucci bags in recent days, also wore a black leather bag from the Fall Menswear 2020 Collection

Harry wore his brunette curls swept back off his face, which he kept in place with a pair of rounded oversized shades positioned on his head.

The former One Direction star accessorised his look with his signature pearl necklace and a selection of chunky gold rings.

Harry’s appearance was well-received by fans, who lined the streets over night at the radio studios to catch a glimpse of the heartthrob. 

Designer style: The bag from Fall 2020 menswear collection is likely to retail from between £1,500 and £2,500

Designer style: The bag from Fall 2020 menswear collection is likely to retail from between £1,500 and £2,500

Designer style: The bag from Fall 2020 menswear collection is likely to retail from between £1,500 and £2,500

Seventies sensation: On Friday, Harry looked impossibly cool as he arrived in a brown striped T-shirt under a £994 ($1,295) Bode gray green appliqued wool-twill jacket

Seventies sensation: On Friday, Harry looked impossibly cool as he arrived in a brown striped T-shirt under a £994 ($1,295) Bode gray green appliqued wool-twill jacket

Seventies sensation: On Friday, Harry looked impossibly cool as he arrived in a brown striped T-shirt under a £994 ($1,295) Bode gray green appliqued wool-twill jacket

Seventies sensation: On Friday, Harry looked impossibly cool as he arrived in a brown striped T-shirt under a £994 ($1,295) Bode gray green appliqued wool-twill jacket

Seventies sensation: On Friday, Harry looked impossibly cool as he arrived in a brown striped T-shirt under a £994 ($1,295) Bode gray green appliqued wool-twill jacket

It comes after he was forced to cancel his Super Bowl appearance due to severe storm warnings.

The singer took to Twitter on Saturday to break the news and apologise as he admitted he was ‘so disappointed’ by what had happened, as fans complained to event organisers about poor safety conditions during their evacuation.

Originally set to perform beside Lizzo at the Planet Pepsi Zero Sugar party on his birthday, he shared his dismay as he wrote to fans: ‘To those of you here in Miami, I was told there’s a severe storm on the way.

Hello! A self-confessed lover of 'big pants', Harry donned a pair of tan flared cord trousers while teaming them with a pair of classic black and white Vans

Hello! A self-confessed lover of 'big pants', Harry donned a pair of tan flared cord trousers while teaming them with a pair of classic black and white Vans

Hello! A self-confessed lover of ‘big pants’, Harry donned a pair of tan flared cord trousers while teaming them with a pair of classic black and white Vans

Stepping out: Harry wore his brunette curls swept back off his face, which he kept in place with a pair of rounded oversized shades positioned on his head

Stepping out: Harry wore his brunette curls swept back off his face, which he kept in place with a pair of rounded oversized shades positioned on his head

Stepping out: Harry wore his brunette curls swept back off his face, which he kept in place with a pair of rounded oversized shades positioned on his head

Stepping out: Harry wore his brunette curls swept back off his face, which he kept in place with a pair of rounded oversized shades positioned on his head

Stepping out: Harry wore his brunette curls swept back off his face, which he kept in place with a pair of rounded oversized shades positioned on his head

‘The fire department would not let us do the show under any circumstances. Please stay safe. I’m so disappointed, and I’m sorry. I love you all. H’

Pepsi also issued a statement about cancelling the event, as they wrote on Twitter: ‘As ordered by the Miami Fire Dept, Planet Pepsi Zero Sugar had to unfortunately be cancelled due to extreme weather.

‘This was a mandatory evacuation in Miami across special event venues. We are focused on ensuring everyone is safely evacuated. We deeply apologise to the fans.’

Fans: Harry's appearance was well-received by fans, who lined the streets over night at the radio studios to catch a glimpse of the heartthrob

Fans: Harry's appearance was well-received by fans, who lined the streets over night at the radio studios to catch a glimpse of the heartthrob

Fans: Harry’s appearance was well-received by fans, who lined the streets over night at the radio studios to catch a glimpse of the heartthrob

Sorry folks: The singer took to Twitter on Saturday to break the news to his followers, and apologise to them as he admitted he was 'so disappointed' by what had happened

Sorry folks: The singer took to Twitter on Saturday to break the news to his followers, and apologise to them as he admitted he was 'so disappointed' by what had happened

Sorry folks: The singer took to Twitter on Saturday to break the news to his followers, and apologise to them as he admitted he was ‘so disappointed’ by what had happened

They added: ‘For all attendees of tonight’s Planet Pepsi Zero Sugar Party, we understand this is disappointing, and want to do what we can to make this right.

‘We are offering a full refund for tonight’s show and for your ride share from the venue. Details coming soon.’

In a statement, a representative for event organisers Meridian told MailOnline: ‘We recognise that last night’s circumstances and the mandatory action taken were very disappointing to those in attendance and we sincerely apologise.

‘The City of Miami Division of Emergency Management ordered the mandatory cancellation of all special events in temporary structures due to reports from the National Weather Service warning of the potential for strong winds, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

‘The mandatory evacuation came prior to Harry Styles taking the stage. Event personnel, in coordination with fire and police resources, managed the evacuation of guests onsite.’ 

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FKA twigs and The 1975’s Matt Healy go Instagram official as they cuddle up at the NME Awards

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FKA twigs and The 1975 frontman Matt Healy have gone Instagram official after weeks of dating rumours.

The singer, 32, and the British rocker, 30, cuddled up for a sweet Instagram snap while attending the NME Awards at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, on Wednesday night. 

Alongside the image, Matt wrote: ‘Thank you NME for the awards and the chaos’, following my a love heart emoji.   

Canoodling: FKA twigs and The 1975 frontman Matt Healy have gone Instagram official while attending the NME Awards at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, on Wednesday

Canoodling: FKA twigs and The 1975 frontman Matt Healy have gone Instagram official while attending the NME Awards at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, on Wednesday

Canoodling: FKA twigs and The 1975 frontman Matt Healy have gone Instagram official while attending the NME Awards at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, on Wednesday

The Video Girl songstress sat on his lap with her arm around the rocker’s shoulders.

She was wearing her big furry green fedora in the snap, the same one she wore to the awards event Wednesday.

Both musicians performed separately at the awards event. 

They're an item: It seems that FKA Twigs and The 1975 frontman Matt Healy are officially an item, as they were seen in a car together after the 2020 NME Awards on Wednesday in London

They're an item: It seems that FKA Twigs and The 1975 frontman Matt Healy are officially an item, as they were seen in a car together after the 2020 NME Awards on Wednesday in London

They’re an item: It seems that FKA Twigs and The 1975 frontman Matt Healy are officially an item, as they were seen in a car together after the 2020 NME Awards on Wednesday in London

FKA, who was born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, and Matt were also seen together at 2020 RuPaul’s DragCon in January.

The Cellophane hitmaker singer was previously linked to actor Shia LaBeouf last year, and appeared in the dramatic feature Honey Boy, which was written by Shia.

Twigs was also engaged to Robert Pattinson in early 2015, but the pair separated in 2017 due to time apart and their demanding professional schedules.

Muse: The Cellophane hitmaker singer was previously linked to actor Shia LaBeouf last year, and appeared in his dramatic feature Honey Boy; seen here arriving at the NME Awards

Muse: The Cellophane hitmaker singer was previously linked to actor Shia LaBeouf last year, and appeared in his dramatic feature Honey Boy; seen here arriving at the NME Awards

Muse: The Cellophane hitmaker singer was previously linked to actor Shia LaBeouf last year, and appeared in his dramatic feature Honey Boy; seen here arriving at the NME Awards

For Healy’s part, he was last linked to model Gabriella Brooks, who has most recently been reported to be Liam Hemsworth’s new girlfriend after his very public divorce from popstar Miley Cyrus.

Healy and Brooks were said to be dating for four years, until they split last August, as reported by The Sun.  

But by the middle of last month, Healy was spotted holding FKA Twigs’ hand in a London train station, after the pair first sparked romance rumors when they dined together on Christmas Eve.

Winner: Healy and his band The 1975 accepting an NME Awards at the event on Wednesday

Winner: Healy and his band The 1975 accepting an NME Awards at the event on Wednesday

Winner: Healy and his band The 1975 accepting an NME Awards at the event on Wednesday 

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