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    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Rina Sawayama performs onstage during Ladyland festival at Avant Gardner on June 28, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images) Japanese-born Rina Sawayama isn’t considered British enough for the UK’s top music prizes, and she’s speaking out about it. Sometimes, we forget how complicated things can be in the music industry and we never really know what goes on behind the scenes. But this past week, Rina Sawayama gave us a glimpse into her struggle in the industry, one that most of us probably never thought of. She’s not “British enough” to earn the United Kingdom’s top music prizes — even though she’s lived there almost her whole life. In an...
    London (CNN)British-Japanese singer Rina Sawayama has criticized two major British music awards, saying their eligibility rules mean she is unable to enter the Mercury Music Prize or the BRIT Awards. Despite living in the UK for 25 years and considering herself British, the 29-year-old musician said she is barred from submitting her music for the Mercury prize or domestic categories at the BRITs because she has indefinite leave to remain in the country rather than full British citizenship. In contrast with similar national awards, such as the Turner Prize and the Ivor Novello songwriting awards, applicants for the Mercury Prize and Brit Awards must show proof of citizenship to qualify. Both awards are organized by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)....
    British-Japanese singer Rina Sawayama released her debut album, SAWAYAMA, earlier this year, which received a lot of critical acclaim from music critics. On Metacritic, the LP currently has a score of 89 out of 100 based on 14 reviews. Sawayama has lived in the U.K. most of her life. Therefore, when it came to announcing the Mercury Prize Award nominations, it was a shock to hear that her album wasn’t on the list with the other British artists. Today via Instagram, Sawayama took to Instagram, which you can view here, to explain the reason for her not being entered is because of her Japanese heritage. “I’ve lived here for 25 YEARS (most of my life) but I am not British...