Lead guitarist of the band, Queen said, he believes it was made ‘without a lot of thought’ and claimed it has left him ‘very uncomfortable’.
He told The Sun: “I feel very uncomfortable about some of the decisions that are being made, often out of fear because people are so afraid of being called out.”
“It is a horrible atmosphere”.
“I get so sick of people trying to change things without thinking of the long-term consequences, some of these things are improvements and some are not”.
“Some of them are depriving people.”
Speaking at the ITV Palooza, May also said he thinks Queen would not be diverse enough in today’s society. He continued: “I am sure if Queen started now we would be forced to have people of different colours and different sexes and a trans [person], but life doesn’t have to be like that.”
“We can be separate and different.”
“Our generation made a lot of bad mistakes but not everybody in our generation was wrong and not everybody in this generation is right.”
The decision to axe gendered awards has been met with criticism on social media, with some fans threatening to boycott the ceremony completely.
However, the chair of the BRITs, Tom March, has defended the decision, saying: “It is important that the BRITs continue to evolve and aim to be as inclusive as possible.”
“It feels completely the right time to celebrate the achievements of artists for the music that they create, and the work that they do, irrespective of gender.”
The ceremony takes place next February.