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Caitlyn Jenner, Hillary Clinton, Cher and Sam Smith shortlisted for British LGBT Awards

Caitlyn Jenner, Hillary Clinton, Cher and Sam Smith shortlisted for British LGBT Awards

Singer Nicola Roberts and Graham Norton at last year's British LGBT Awards

The organizers of the annual British LGBT Awards have today announced the shortlist for the 2016 event.

The shortlist has been drawn up following a public nomination process.

The awards, previously known as the Out in the City and g3 Readers Awards, have been dubbed as the ‘Gay Oscars’. They were rebranded as the British LGBT Awards in 2014. This year’s event will take place 13 May at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London.

Following public nominations, a shortlist was drawn up by a judging panel. This year’s panel included: Marjorie Strachan, Head of Inclusion at Royal Bank of Scotland; Liz Grant OBE, Business Development and Diversity Consultant; Angela Eagle MP; and Daniel Winterfeldt, Head of International Capital Markets and Diversity & Inclusion Partner at CMS; among others.

The full shortlist can be viewed britishlgbtawards. It includes multi-national corporations, LGBT celebrities, business people and straight allies.

Among those on the shortlist are:

LGBT Celebrity of the Year
Alan Carr, Boy George, Caitlyn Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Kieron Richardson, Ruby Rose, Ben Whishaw

Music Artist of the Year: Adele, Jess Glynne, Halsey, Little Mix, Zayn Malik, Frank Ocean, Sam Smith, Years and Years

Global Icon: Cher, Jennifer Saunders, Hillary Clinton, Stephen Fry, Lady Gaga, Sir Ian McKellen, Bette Midler, George Takei

Celebrity Straight Ally of the Year: Eddie Redmayne, Danny Dyer, Nigella Lawson, Holly Willoughby, Brian May, Kim Cattrall, James Sutton, Zoe Sugg (Zoella)

Broadcaster of the Year: Gok Wan, Clare Balding, Vicky Beeching, Nick Grimshaw, Evan Davis, Paul O’Grady, RuPaul, Sue Perkins

Sports Person of the Year: Nicola Adams, John Amaechi, Keegan Hirst, Nigel Owens, Mark McAdams, Sam Stanley, Heather Stanning, Casey Stoney

Other award categories include ‘Charity/Community Initiative of the Year’, ‘LGBT Network of the Year’ and ‘LGBT Diversity Champion’.

Sarah Garrett, British LGBT Awards founder, said in a statement, ‘The 2016 shortlist showcases a huge range of LGBT celebrities and famous straight allies who are doing wonderful things for and on behalf of the LGBT community.’

The deadline to cast your vote in the British LGBT Awards is 22 March. Gay Star News is a media partner for this year’s event.