The chairman of the Brit Awards Committee has agreed with criticisms from British rockers Noel Gallagher and Serge Pizzorno, conceding working class musicians are underrepresented at this year's (15) awards.
The former Oasis rocker recently complained about the lack of working class acts in the nominations for the British music industry ceremony, insisting "There is no noise coming from the council estates".
Kasabian guitarist Pizzorno was also upset after his group was left out of the shortlist, claiming Brits bosses have been deliberately snubbing traditional rock 'n' roll bands.
Max Lousada, Ceo of Warner Music and chair of the Brit Awards committee, admits there is less diversity in the 2015 nominations but insists the inclusion of artists such as pop stars Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran is simply a "reflection of taste".
Lousada tells Britain's Independent newspaper, "(Previous winner, rapper Plan B) was uncomprising in his artistic conviction and his anger at that division of wealth in society. We don't see that represented in young artists... We all yearn for diversity in music. That doesn't in any way make anything that's successful less valid... The Brits are the most democratic of all the awards... There is an academy of more than 1,000 voters and only 20 per cent of those votes are from labels. If artists, managers, studio engineers aren't voting for a certain band, it's not a reflection of one genre, it's a reflection of taste."
Sam Smith leads the Brit Awards with five nominations. The winners will be revealed on Wednesday (25Feb15) at London's O2 Arena.