British LGBT Awards Nominations Announced With Sam Smith, Michelle Visage And Billy Porter All Shortlisted

The nominations for this year’s British LGBT Awards have been announced with some of the biggest names in entertainment all up for awards.

The annual awards celebrate the campaigners and allies who have made a positive impact on the LGBTQ community during the past 12 months.

Among this year’s nominees are singers Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Taylor Swift and Janet Jackson.

Dua Lipa, Billy Porter, Michelle Visage and Sam Smith are all up for a British LGBT Award (Photo: Rex)

Also up for gongs are RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage, Fleabag actor Andrew Scott, Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer, Pose star Billy Porter and model Cara Delevingne.

Nominated for the Sports Personality Award is former Welsh International Rugby Player Gareth Thomas, who revealed he was HIV positive last year. He is nominated alongside transgender British racing car driver, Charlie Martin. 

Also featured is MTV’s True Love or True Lies, hosted by father-daughter duo, Danny and Danni Dyer, which is nominated in the Media Moment category alongside the BBC’s Gentleman Jack and Strictly Come Dancing, which featured its first same-sex dance routine last November. 

Sarah Garrett, MBE, British LGBT Awards founder, said: “A really exciting mix of some of the world’s most deserving LGBT+ people, allies and organisations have been nominated this year.

“These awards shine a light on those who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBT+ community during uncertain and challenging times. The nominees are all role models who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to raising awareness of, or advancing, LGBT+ rights.”

The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony held in London on 29 May.

You can help decide this year’s winners by voting online at britishlgbtawards.com.

 The 2020 British LGBT+ Award nominees in full:

ONLINE IMPACT

Asifa Lahore

Barbie Ferreira

Brigette Lundy-Paine

Eugene Lee Yang

Gigi Gorgeous

Kat Cunning

Ncuti Gatwa

Rickey Thompson

Sufi Malik and Anjali Chakra

Travis Alabanza

 

CELEBRITY

Amanda Stenberg

Andrew Scott

Billy Porter

Cara Delevingne

Ezra Miller

Hanna Gadsby

Jonathan Van Ness

Lilly Singh

Olly Alexander

Zoë Kravitz

 

CELEBRITY ALLY

Dua Lipa

Janet Jackson

Jodie Comer

The Jonas Brothers

Michelle Visage

Naomi Campbell

Patrick Stewart

Suranne Jones

Taylor Swift

Tom Holland

 

MUSIC ARTIST 

Ariana Grande

Christine & The Queens

Kim Petras

King Princess

Lil Nas X

Lizzo 

Pabllo Vittar

Sam Smith

Tyler, the Creator 

Years & Years

 

BROADCASTER OR JOURNALIST 

Adele Roberts 

Ben Hunte

Benjamin Butterworth

Edward Enninful 

Joe Lycett 

Matthew Todd

Nick Grimshaw

Steph McGovern 

Susan Calman

Suzi Ruffell 

 

SPORTS PERSONALITY

Belle Brockhoff

Bethany Mead

Charlie Martin

Chris Mosier 

Gareth Thomas

Gus Kenworthy

Kiera Hogan

Megan Rapinoe

Michael Gunning

Simon Haerinck

 

MEDIA MOMENT 

BBC’s Gentleman Jack tells the real-life story of Anne Lister

Drag Race comes to the UK

Mexican primetime television makes history with its first ever lesbian kiss on Amar a Muerte

Queer couple wins MTV’s True Love or True Lies 

Netflix’s Sex Education diverse representation of LGBT+ characters and relationships

Renée Zellweger stars as gay icon Judy Garland 

Strictly Come Dancing makes history with same-sex routine to Emeli Sande performance

Netflix Tales of the City’s queer representation and casting

Showtime premiers The L Word: Generation Q

The CW’s Riverdale’s LGBT+ character development 

 

CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

Bi-Pride UK 

Colours Youth Network

Elton John AIDS Foundation

Goal Diggers FC 

Hidayah

London Gaymers 

Mind Out

Sparkle

The Outside Project 

The Proud Trust

 

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO LGBT+ LIFE

Amy Lamé

Berwyn Rowlands

Holly Greenberry 

Ian Green 

Ian Howley

Lord Waheed Alli

Marc Thompson

Sally Carr MBE

Sophie Cook 

Tanya Compas

 

BRAND OR MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Absolut

Coca-Cola

Costa Coffee

Evian

Harry’s

IKEA

Renault

Smirnoff

Transport for London

Under Armour

 

INSPIRATIONAL LEADER

Belton Flournoy, Protiviti

Clare Coates, Barclays

David Levine, Disney

David Stone, Allen & Overy

Holly Dewsbury, Facebook

Jerry Daykin, GSK

Joana Monteiro, Google

John Elliott, Sainsbury’s

Rachel Higham, BT

Steven Friel, Woodsford Litigation Fund

 

CORPORATE ALLY 

Claire England, JLL

Ian Ritchey, Rolls-Royce

John Bernard, Aviva

Lynne McBurney, Arnold Clark

Mark McKenzie, Vodafone UK

Sharyn Case, ARUP

Sonia Sawula, Credit Suisse

Stephanie Smith, Allianz

Susan Allen, Santander

Wincie Knight, ViacomCBS Networks International

 

DIVERSITY HERO 

Alex Vowinckel, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Bobbi Pickard, BP

Bruna Gil, LinkedIn

Christopher Kenna, Brand Advance

Deon Pillay, LGIM

Michael Burnham, State Street Global Advisors

Nicholas Johnson, Virgin Atlantic

Sophie Hunt, Adobe

Squadron Leader Catherine Lawson, Royal Air Force

Theresa Farrenson, Aon

 

FUTURE LEADER

Christina Peach, FleishmanHillard Fishburn

Ellis Lanyon, L’Oreal

Ian Gustav Ahlberg, Financial Times

Jamie Barrelll, Publicis Sapient

John Hutchinson, HomeServe

Marianne Cowie, Zurich Insurance

Michael Geeleher, Sony Playstation

Tom Stockton, MSB Solicitors 

Nathan Jordan, Dyson

Robert Downer, Uber

 

NETWORK GROUP 

dbPride, Deutsche Bank

Havas Pride, Havas

Heathrow Airport Pride, Heathrow Airport

HSBC Pride Network, HSBC UK

Nestlé UK&I LGBT+ Network, Nestlé

Open&Out, Johnson & Johnson

Shine, PwC

TalkPride, TalkTalk

TSB LGBT+ Network, TSB

Unity, Cushman and Wakefield

 

INCLUSIVE EMPLOYER OR COMPANY 

AIG

Amazon

FundApps

Hyatt Hotels

Just Eat

KPMG

Lloyd’s of London

Mace Group 

Sky UK

Tideway

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Cara Delevingne

Tom Daley

Queer Eye's Fab Five

Ellen Page

RuPaul

Hayley Kiyoko

Caitlyn Jenner

Troye Sivan

Sarah Paulson

Munroe Bergdorf

Mykki Blanco

Nick Grimshaw

Will Young

Alan Carr

Samira Wiley

Rylan Clark-Neal

Gareth Thomas

Laverne Cox

Adam Lambert

Claire Balding

Lauren Jauregui

Jodie Foster

Graham Norton

Scott Mills

Simon Amstell

Paul O'Grady

Cynthia Nixon

MNEK

Neil Patrick Harris

Rufus Wainwright

Jason Gardiner

Joe McElderry

Jeremy Sheffield

Mark Feehily

Sir Ian McKellen

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