The nominees for the Feather Awards have been announced. Each year, the dramatic awards ceremony celebrates and recognises all those who support, inspire and empower the LGBTI community.

The nominees of this year’s awards were revealed at Constitution Court and celebrities were high in attendance, such as Gomora star Connie Chiume, Generations: The Legacy actor Nomsa Buthelezi, YFM’s radio host Anati Seyisi as well as presenter Lumko Johnson.

Leading the pack at this year’s awards is reality TV star Shauwn Mkhize and TV Presenter Siv Ngesi who scored two nominations in the Fag Hag of The Year, Socialite of The Year and Social Media Personality of The Year categories.

Somizi Mhlongo, who recently found himself making headlines for the wrong reasons when Hastings Moeng accused him of stealing his concept for Dinner at Somizi’s, has been nominated in the Drama Queen of The Year category.

Speaking to Daily Sun, Human rights activist and founder of the Feather Awards Thami Kotlolo said: “This year people can expect more awakening of the LGBTI experience and also an incredible safe space for all energies to co-exist.”

Due to the Covid-19 regulations, Thami said the awards ceremony has been scaled back to a one-day event.

“Last year, the awards were a three-day festival, but because of Covid-19, we have decided to take it back to a one-day event and adhere to the regulations.”

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Veteran Actress Connie Chiume has been nominated for Feather Awards Diva Extraordinaire of the year. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Veteran Actress Connie Chiume has been nominated for Feather Awards Diva Extraordinaire of the year. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Blue Mbambo has been nominated for Feather Awards Hot Chic. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Celeste Khumalo has been nominated for Feather Awards Hot Chic. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Celeste Khumalo has been nominated for Feather Awards Hot Chic. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Landile and Nomsa Buthelezi-Shezi have been nominated for Feather Awards Cutest Couple. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Zandile and Nomsa Buthelezi-Shezi have been nominated for Feather Awards Cutest Couple. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe has been nominated for Feather Awards Role Model of the year. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Veteran Actress Connie Chiume has been nominated for Feather Awards Diva Extraordinaire of the year. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Veteran Actress Connie Chiume has been nominated for Feather Awards Diva Extraordinaire of the year. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Blue Mbambo has been nominated for Feather Awards Hot Chic. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Celeste Khumalo has been nominated for Feather Awards Hot Chic. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Celeste Khumalo has been nominated for Feather Awards Hot Chic. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Landile and Nomsa Buthelezi-Shezi have been nominated for Feather Awards Cutest Couple. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Zandile and Nomsa Buthelezi-Shezi have been nominated for Feather Awards Cutest Couple. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe
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Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe has been nominated for Feather Awards Role Model of the year. Photo by Morapedi Mashashe

  AND THE FEATHER AWARDS 2020 NOMINEES ARE……

Best Styled Individual

Anele Papu

Jimmy Nevis

Thishiwe Ziqubu

Hunk of The Year

 Ryle Rene De Morny

Gorata Nzimande

Dr. Fezile Mkhize

Hot Chick of The Year

Blue Mbombo

Celeste Khumalo

Siphesihle Ndaba

Sports Personality of The Year

Siya Kolisi

Bongiwe Msomi

Makazole Mampipi

Best Rainbow Parenting

Napo Masheane

Hlubi Mthimkhulu and Mduduzi Motaung

Buhlebendalo and Botshelo

Best LGBTIQ Student Movement

Up&Out Tuks

NWU LGBTI: Transformation Association

Rainbow UCT

Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Public Sector

Do Better

Do Better

Do Better

Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector

Queer Wellness Centre

Nike SA

Engage Mens Health

Diva Extraordinaire of The Year

Connie Chiume

Lindiwe Sisulu

Refiloe Modiselle

Media Award of The Year

Motswako

Yim’lo

Blood & WaterThe River

Social Media Personality of The Year

 Aus Velemina

Vuyokazi Nguqu

Siv Ngezi

Coconut Kelz

Cutest Couple of The Year

Nomsa & Zandile

Ricky & Tony

Sape & Vaivi

Role Model of The Year

Sade Giliberti

SWEAT

Dr Dulcy Stapler Rakumakoe

Drama Queen of The Year 

COVID-19 Solidarity Fund

The Gigabytes

Somizi and Dinner kwa Somizi

Socialite of The Year

Olwee

Sarah Langa

Shauwn Mkhize

Musician of The Year 

Makhadzi

Master KG

Zoe Modiga

Fag Hag of The Year

 Shumi Dantile

Shauwn Mkhize

Siv Ngezi

African Feather of the Year

Frank Mugisha