Global icons and top music talent lead British LGBT Awards shortlist...
Prince William, Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga, James Cordon and Thierry Henry are amongst those nominated for British LGBT Awards
The nominees for the 2017 NatWest British LGBT Awards were announced today (Monday 20 February) revealing a stellar line up of big name celebrities, business leaders and community activists shortlisted for gongs ahead of the glittering ceremony on 12 May.
The awards, which are now Britain’s biggest LGBT awards event, celebrate individuals and organizations that work to promote equality and advance LGBT rights. Accolades will acknowledge milestones in politics, media, grassroots activism and the corporate world at the event dubbed Britain’s ‘gay Oscars’, which is now in its fifth year.
Prince William, who has spoken out against homophobic bullying and James Cordon, who paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando shootings at the 2016 Tony Awards are both shortlisted for the Celebrity Straight Ally award. They face tough competition from the likes of Ariana Grande, Anne Hathaway and football legend Thierry Henry for the gong.
Rylan Clark-Neal is nominated for two awards. The former X Factor contestant and TV presenter is shortlisted for the Broadcaster of the Year accolade and is also recognised in the Media Moment category after making history with his partner Dan when they became the first gay couple to host ITV’s This Morning.
Graham Norton and Sue Perkins are also amongst those in the running for the broadcaster award.
Lady Gaga, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander and Cara Delevingne are all shortlisted for the Celebrity of the Year Award.
ITV’s Loose Women is also given a nod with a nomination for India Willoughby who became the first trans woman to present an episode of the programme last year.
An array of top music talent are all set to face each other for the Music Artist of the Year award as Adele, Katy Perry, Years & Years, Madonna and Fifth Harmony will battle it out.
A special tribute to the late George Michael will also take centre stage at the awards this year.
Meanwhile Stonewall, Mermaids and The Albert Kennedy Trust are amongst house shortlisted for Charity of the Year and a host of big businesses including EDF Energy, IBM, Manchester Airport Group and J.P. Morgan are shortlisted for the work they’ve done to promote diversity in the workplace.
British LGBT Awards founder, Sarah Garrett MBE, said:
“The 2017 NatWest British LGBT Awards shortlist features inspirational people who have and continue to use their platform to promote and enhance LGBT rights all over the world.
All nominees are absolutely deserving of their place on the shortlist but it is now down to the public to choose their winners ahead of the ceremony which is set to be the biggest yet when it takes place in London on 12 May.”