Feather Awards: And the nominees are...
Somizi (Photo: Instagram)
Cape Town - The usually subdued Constitutional Hill was host to a vibrant gathering on Thursday when the nominees for the eighth annual Chevrolet Feather Awards were announced.
The awards are meant to celebrate influential figures who have inspired and empowered the LGBTI community. Eight years since their inception, the Feather Awards have expanded to include government ties, with the Gauteng head of the community safety department, Yoliswa Makhasi, being present at the event.
She spoke about the ongoing support provided to the LGBTI community, particularly by putting training programmes in place within the SA Police Service to increase safety and to avoid secondary victimisation.
“Young people who are in law enforcement who are in the LGBTI community do not have to feel like they have to hide themselves,” Makhasi said.
Guests were treated to drinks, eats and a thrilling performance by gospel singer Brenda Mtambo. Glammed-up audience members clapped along as she serenaded them.
Thirty-five high-powered personalities from various fields including music, entertainment, sport and media were named as the nominees in the tongue-in-cheek categories including Diva Extraordinaire of The Year and Fag-Hag of the Year.
As the nominees were listed on the big screens, bursts of laughter could be heard from the audience, which was tickled by the prerecorded, quirky commentary from Thami Kotlolo, co-founder and creative director of the Feather Awards.
The glamorous Somizi Mhlongo was in attendance and was nominated along with his best friend, TT Mbha, in the Cutest Couple of the Year award.
South African struggle stalwart and Mother of the Nation Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was nominated in the Diva Extraordinaire category to roars of applause from the audience, even though she was not present. The highly anticipated awards ceremony is set to take place on November 10 with Lumko Johnson and Lerato Kganyago as the event’s hosts.