Anne-Marie and Spice Girl Melanie C triumphed on Friday night as they led the winners at the British LGBT Awards at The Brewery in London.
Hosted by TV presenter Gok Wan, 46, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK winner, Lawrence Chaney, 24, the event celebrated leading LGBT+ activists, allies and celebrity figures who have worked to advance the rights of LGBT+ people during the past 12 months.
Anne-Marie, 30, took home the MTV-sponsored Music Artist of the Year prize.
What a pair! Anne-Marie (left) and Melanie C (right) were all-smiles as they lead the star-studded winners at the LGBT Awards on Friday at The Brewery in London
In a recent interview with Gay Times, the 2002-hitmaker revealed: ‘I’ve never ever just been attracted to men. I’ve never just been attracted to women.’
Spice Girl Melanie C, 47, scooped the Ally award. Having worked closely with drag collective Sink the Pink, the singer has been vocal about what a privilege it is to spend time in queer, trans and non-binary spaces.
The pop icon beat off competition from the likes of Michelle Visage, 52, and popular host Dermot O’Leary, 48, to take home the prize.
Fashion forward: Anne-Marie, 30, (left) nailed Gothic chic in a dress while Mel C, 47, (right) rocked a black pinstripe blazer and trousers, paired with a white sports bra
Champ: Spice Girl Melanie C, 47, scooped the Ally award. Having worked closely with drag collective Sink the Pink, the singer has been vocal about her support of the LGBT community
Girl power: Anne-Marie and Mel C posed for a photo with Natalie Imbruglia
Dream team: Hosted by TV presenter Gok Wan (left), 46, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK winner, Lawrence Chaney (right), 24, the event celebrated leading LGBT+ activists, allies and celebrity figures
This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield, 59, choked back tears as he delivered an emotional video message as he received a special recognition award.
The broadcaster came out as a gay in February 2020 as he revealed he had suffered ‘inner conflict’ but was now ready to ‘celebrate and be proud’ of his sexuality.
He discussed the news in an emotional This Morning appearance with Holly Willoughby, and also received support from his wife of 27 years, Stephanie and their daughters Molly, 28, and Ruby, 25.
‘I’m enormously proud’: Phillip Schofield fought back tears and likened coming out as gay to jumping out of a plane as he won a LGBT Award
Emotional: Phillip came out as gay in an Instagram post last year before making an emotional This Morning appearance alongside Holly Willoughby
Teamwork: After coming out as gay Phillip received support from his wife of 27 years, Stephanie and their daughters Molly, 28, and Ruby, 25 (pictured in 2020)
Accepting his award via a video message as he is on holiday, Phillip said: ‘Wow. This is a biggie. What a proud moment for me personally.
‘I’ve never won any award individually. Any award you win as a team that’s there propping you up and definitely that’s the case with this one.#
‘I had the most extraordinary people that helped me pack the parachute before the jump.
‘Friends and family, loved ones and then there were an enormous amount of rainbow arms outstretched to catch me when I reached the bottom of my jump…
‘Life is a still a work in progress, but of course aren’t we all? But it’s been joyous to meet the people I have, to have heard the lovely things they’ve said to me and share a moment like this with you.
‘I wish I was there. I’m sorry I’m not. I am enormously proud. Thank you.’
Eureka! Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, 31, received recognition for role in Russell T Davies’ HIV/AIDS miniseries It’s A Sin, which won the Media Moment Award (pictured in 2021)
Grateful: Demi Lovato, 29, scooped the Celebrity of the Year trophy following a monumental year where the pansexual star came out as non-binary and changed their pronouns to they/them (pictured in 2021)
Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, 31, received recognition for role in Russell T Davies’ HIV/AIDS crisis miniseries It’s A Sin, which won the media moment award.
Demi Lovato, 29, scooped the Celebrity of the Year trophy following a monumental year where the pansexual star came out as non-binary and changed their pronouns to they/them.
Former US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, 73, who has been a long standing ally of the LGBT+ community, was awarded the Global Ally award after joining the ceremony via video.
Surprise: Former US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, 73, who has been a long standing ally of the LGBT+ community, was awarded the Global Ally award after joining the ceremony via video
Hillary said she could ‘not be prouder to stand with the LGBT+ community’ and said there is more ‘work to be done to change laws and change hearts and minds’ until LGBT+ people secure full equality.
Comedian Tom Allen, 38, who is currently presenting Cooking With The Stars with Emma Willis, was named Broadcaster of the Year.
Meanwhile, England football hero Conor Coady, 28, won the Football Ally award, which was introduced for this year only, to highlight the lack of gay, bisexual and gender expansive representation in the upper leagues of the sport.
Man of the moment: Comedian Tom Allen, 38, who is currently presenting Cooking With The Stars with Emma Willis, was named Broadcaster of the Year
Suave: England football hero Conor Coady, 28, won the Football Ally award, which was introduced for this year only, to highlight the lack of gay, bisexual and gender expansive representation in the upper leagues of the sport
Powerful: Nicola Adams with her LGBT+ role model accolade after making history by becoming Strictly’s first same-sex pairing
Well done: Sharon Hague with her HSBC UK Business Ally award (L) and Jessica Kellgren-Fozard (R) with her Online Influencer award
Coady, who is also the captain of Premier League side Wolves, has backed Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign to make football more inclusive for LGBT+ people. He said that he was ‘deeply honoured and incredibly proud’ to be recognised.
Organisations and big businesses with a track record of promoting equality and diversity were also recognised, including Sainsbury’s and Starbucks. UK Black Pride was named Charity of the Year.
Commenting on the winners, Gok said: ‘So many brilliant and deserving LGBT+ people and allies have been recognised tonight. It is wonderful to be part of this event.’
Triumph: Stephen Jacques of Key Assets Group, with his International Leader award
2021 British LGBT Awards: Winners
Demi Lovato – WINNER
MTV – MUSIC ARTIST
Anne-Marie – WINNER
Lil Nas X
Melanie C – WINNER
BROADCASTER, JOURNALIST OR HOST
Dr Ranj Singh
Rose & Rosie
Tom Allen – WINNER
Tom Read Wilson
BBC America’s Killing Eve
CBBC’s The Next Step
Christmas romance Happiest Season
Mae Martin’s Feel Good
Netflix’s Haunting Of Bly Manor
Nicola Adams & Katya Jones on Strictly Come Dancing
RuPaul’s Drag Race features first trans Queen, Gottmik
Russell T Davies’ It’s a Sin – WINNER
Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood
Schitts Creek finale
SWINTON GROUP – FOOTBALL ALLY
Conor Coady – WINNER
Richarlison de Andrade
Alex Kalomparis, Gilead
Jonathan Taylor, BNP Paribas
Josh Graff, LinkedIn
Julia Atwater, Atos
Lucy Bradbury, AECOM
Lucy McKillop, Clear Channel
Nicci Take, Mercer
Paul Donovan, UBS
Richard Moor , National Grid
Stephen Jacques, Key Assets Group (Europe) – WINNER
HSBC UK – BUSINESS ALLY
Alan Haywood, BP
Brian McNamara, GSK
Cait O’Riordan, FT
Carol Lukaszewicz, M & G
Emma Smith, Vodafone
John Soutar, HomeServe
Jonathan Howe, PwC
Philipp Lohan, Nielsen
Sharon Hague, Pearson – WINNER
Tia Ferguson, NatWest
Anthony Dunn, Johnson and Johnson
Chris Wilkinson, Homes England
Clare Coates, Barclays
Deon Pillay, LGIM – WINNER
Filipe Mota da Silva, Tata Consultancy Services
Lisa Pinney MBE, Coal Authority
Lynne Nicholls, Clarion Housing
Scarlet-Marie Morgan, Allianz
Scott Sallee, Dentsu International
Stephen Nutt, NSPCC
MACQUARIE – FUTURE LEADER
Adam Shooman, State Street
Afonso Varatojo Januário, Schroders
Elliot Briery, Oliver Wyman
Harry Levey, Network Rail
Jennifer Spilling, Moody’s
Jung Wei Toh, HSBC UK
Justin Farrance, Allen & Overy – WINNER
Noémie Lefort, Warner Music Group
Tyler Lee, Unilever
Victoria Jackson, BLM Law
Chris Kenna, Brand Advance
Claire Brody, Disney
Georgina Court, Clifford Chance
Greg Turner-Smart, Rolls-Royce
Guilherme Zardo Klein, Philip Morris agency
Gurchaten Sandhu, United Nation’s International Labour Organization – WINNER
Jessica Williams, Mace
Louise Bailey, SSE
Nigel Moralee, Sage (Accounting software)
Sarah Fennell, Macquarie
Emerge, ViacomCBS’ LHBT+ Employee Resource Group, Viacom
Jacobs – Prism Network, Jacobs
Just Eat Takeaway LGBT+ Network, Just Eat
LGBTQ+ at Tesco, Tesco – WINNER
London Stock Exchange Proud Network, LSEG
SEGA LGBTQ+ Network, SEGA
TalkPride, Talk Talk
TESCO – INCLUSIVE EMPLOYER OR COMPANY
Avanti West Coast
Sainsbury’s – WINNER
Jessica Kellgren-Fozard – WINNER
Marie Ulven Ringheim
NETWORK RAIL – BRAND OR MARKETING CAMPAIGN
Cadbury’s Creme Egg
Fairy Liquid LGBT+ rebrand
GSK Consumer Healthcare (Sensodyne, Voltarol)
Marks and Spencer LGBT sandwich
Starbucks’ Name Advert – WINNER
Unilever (Lynx, Vaseline, Simple, Close Up)
Wagamamas gender neutral toilets
JOHNSON & JOHNSON – CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
Ban Conversion Therapy
Drag Queen Story Hour UK
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest
It Gets Better
Just Like Us
Opening Doors London
The Outside Project
UK Black Pride – WINNER
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO LGBT+ LIFE
Dr S Chelvan
Matthew Mahmood Ogston
Paul Martin OBE – WINNER
Reverend Jide Macaulay