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Pop singer Sawayama says her nationality bars her from U.K. prizes

Pop singer Rina Sawayama, whose launching cd has actually been applauded by Elton John, has actually slammed 2 respected British songs honors for disallowing her from qualification because of British nationality needs.

The 29-year-old that was birthed in Japan however considers herself British, has irreversible residency condition in the United Kingdom however does not hold a British ticket. She slammed the Mercury Prize as well as the Brit Awards in a Vice publication meeting as well as tweets Wednesday for not acknowledging her as British.

Rina Sawayama goes to the JW Anderson reveal throughout London Fashion Week February 2020 at Yeomanry House on February 17, 2020 in London, England.(Getty/Kyodo)

“I’ve lived here 25 years (most of my life) but I am not British enough to even be ELGIBLE for the 2 biggest UK Music awards, @MercuryPrize and @BRITs,” she tweeted Wednesday, with the hashtag #SAWAYAMAISBRITISH trending in Britain.

Sawayama, birthed in Niigata Prefecture, does not have double citizenship as Japanese legislation does not acknowledge it in concept.

Although Sawayama taken into consideration relinquishing her citizenship, she claimed she maintained her Japanese ticket so as not to really feel as if she has actually reduced connections with relative in Japan.

“It’s up to the award bodies to decide what Britishness really encompasses – the very things that they celebrate which is diversity and opportunity,” she informed Vice.

In among her tweets, Sawayama additionally urged advocates to request for the citizenship needs to be altered “NOW”, including that the regulation “will affect immigrant artists who contribute SO much for the UK culture and economy.”

In feedback to Sawayama’s situation, the British Phonographic Industry, which arranges both honors, claimed in a declaration, “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.”



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