The British-Japanese artist claimed she was “not British enough” for Mercury and BRIT Awards
In an interview with Vice Rina Sawayama revealed that she is not eligible for awards like the Mercury and BRIT awards.
Due to restrictive citizenship laws, the 29 year old artist, who has lived in Britain for 25 years cannot be nominated for these awards, despite many nominees not being from Britain.
In the interview, she pointed out the unfairness saying “I’m signed to a UK label. I’ve lived here uninterrupted for the last 25 years. I’m only tax registered in this country”.
Read her tweets and interview with Vice below.
I've lived here 25 YEARS (most of my life) but I am not British enough to even be ELIGIBLE for the 2 biggest UK Music awards, @MercuryPrize and @BRITs— RINA SAWAYAMA (@rinasawayama) July 29, 2020
thank u @misszing for talking to me about this
I just wanna dream the same dream as everyone else https://t.co/CxCvjO1e5F