Anne-Marie and Melanie C are all-smiles as they lead the star-studded winners at the LGBT Awards

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,  nailed Gothic chic in a dress which featured a black velvet skirt

Looking good: Mel C, 47, looked classy in a black pinstripe blazer and trousers, paired with a white sports bra

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

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

Girl power: Anne-Marie and Mel C posed for a photo with Natalie Imbruglia 

Dapper: Gok Wan opted for an understated look which comprised of a corduroy longline jacket and black trousers

Eye-popping: Lawrence looked amazing as he donned a bright purple wig, and latex figure hugging ensemble

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

‘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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Influencer: Jessica Kellgren-Fozard with her Online Influencer award

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

Triumph: Stephen Jacques of Key Assets Group, with his International Leader award

2021 British LGBT Awards: Winners

CELEBRITY

Adam Lambert

Cara Delevingne 

Elliot Page

Jameela Jamil

RuPaul  

Andrew Scott

Demi Lovato – WINNER

Gillian Anderson 

Tan France

Willow Smith

MTV – MUSIC ARTIST

Anne-Marie – WINNER

Harry Styles

Jojo Siwa

Kim Petras

Rina Sawayama 

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

The 1975

MNEK

Sam Smith 

CELEBRITY ALLY

Charli XCX

Dermot O’Leary

Eugene Levy

George Clooney

Jane Fonda 

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Saunders

Jodie Comer

Melanie C – WINNER

Michelle Visage

BROADCASTER, JOURNALIST OR HOST

Dr Ranj Singh

Edward Enninful

Jamie Windust

Joe Lycett

Phillip Schofield

Rose & Rosie

Steph McGovern

Suzi Ruffell

Tom Allen – WINNER

Tom Read Wilson

MEDIA MOMENT

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

Danny Welbeck

Gary Cahill

Gary Lineker

Graeme Souness

Hector Bellerin

Jamie Vardy

Jordan Henderson

Jurgen Klopp

Richarlison de Andrade

INSPIRATIONAL LEADER

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

DIVERSITY HERO

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

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSION

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  

NETWORK GROUP 

Emerge, ViacomCBS’ LHBT+ Employee Resource Group, Viacom

Jacobs – Prism Network, Jacobs

Just Eat Takeaway LGBT+ Network, Just Eat

LGBT+@Sky, Sky

LGBTQ+ at Tesco, Tesco – WINNER

London Stock Exchange Proud Network, LSEG

Pride@Airbus, Airbus

Proud@Shell, Shell

SEGA LGBTQ+ Network, SEGA

TalkPride, Talk Talk

TESCO – INCLUSIVE EMPLOYER OR COMPANY

Avanti West Coast

Capco

ITV

KPMG

Nestlé

O2

Sainsbury’s – WINNER

Tideway

TSB

Wickes

ONLINE INFLUENCER

Abigail Thorn

Adam Eli

Char Ellesse

Ericka Hart

Florence Given

Jessica Kellgren-Fozard – WINNER

Kate Moross

Marie Ulven Ringheim

Phil Lester

Yves Mathieu 

NETWORK RAIL – BRAND OR MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Argos

Cadbury’s Creme Egg

Calvin Klein

Clean&Clear

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

Inclusive Mosque

It Gets Better

Just Like Us

Mindline Trans

Opening Doors London

The Outside Project

UK Black Pride – WINNER

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO LGBT+ LIFE

DJ Ritu

Dr S Chelvan

Helen Jones

Holestar

Jim MacSweeney  

Leni Morris

Lou Englefield

Matthew Mahmood Ogston

Paul Martin OBE – WINNER

Reverend Jide Macaulay

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