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The Feather Awards co-founder Thami Kotlolo says the COVID-19 will not stop the biggest celebration in the country from happening on 11 November 2020
The Feather Awards co-founder Thami Kotlolo says the COVID-19 will not stop the biggest celebration in the country from happening on 11 November 2020

It's that time of the year. The time when celebrities dress up in the finest and go party and live it up at the Feather Awards. But things are a little different this year, but that won't stand in the way of the fun and gongs.

The long-awaited nominee list is finally out. This year the theme is Turn Up the Love.

The usually controversial list was announced at an intimate brunch at Mushroom Park in Sandton, Johannesburg. It includes personalities and individuals from various industry sectors including entertainment, lifestyle, sport, and the business sector.

Each nominated individual, in one way or the other, has either represented, inspired, or scandalized the LGBTIQ community with excellence and distinction over the past twelve months.

Dedicated to uplifting the names of LGBTIQ activists who are doing the important work in communities across the country, the Feather Awards also pay homage to supportive media bodies, LGBTIQ student movements, and selected role models who enrich and back the community.

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Now in its 12th year, the awards has evolved from solely an award celebration back in 2008 to a full array of well planned and executed LGBTIQ advocacy activations taking place throughout the year.

Done in partnership with the Thami Dish Foundation, these programs include the LGBTIQ+ Dialogues done in communities across South Africa focusing on vulnerable LGBTIQ youth and inclusion for all.

“Can you believe it, we are 12 years old this year. What a ride it’s been. From starting as a small celebration of our community, the Feathers have transformed into a gigantic well-oiled operation. Showcasing our LGBTIQ community to the world, empowering South African youth with the LGBTIQ+ Dialogues and then of course the big celebration at the end with these over the top colorful awards,” co-founder Thami Kotlolo says. 

Here’s a full list of the nominees:

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

Best LGBTIQ Initiative: Private Sector

Queer Wellness Centre

Nike SA

Engage Men's Health

Diva Extraordinaire of The Year

Connie Chiume

Lindiwe Sisulu

Refiloe Modiselle

Media Award of The Year



Blood & Water

The 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


Dr Dulcy Stapler Rakumakoe

 Drama Queen of The Year

COVID-19 Solidarity Fund

The Gigabytes

Somizi and Dinner kwa Somizi

Socialite of The Year


Sarah Langa

Shauwn Mkhize

Musician of The Year


Master KG

Zoe Modiga

Fag Hag of The Year

Shumi Dantile

Shauwn Mkhize

Siv Ngezi


African Feather of the Year

Frank Mugisha


Catch the full Awards on 11 November 2020.

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