- Other nominees include Michelle Visage, Olly Alexander, Renée Zellweger and Suranne Jones.
The British LGBT Awards has released its nominees shortlist today, including Janet Jackson, Sam Smith, Tyler the Creator and Cara Delevingne.
The annual ceremony in London on 29 May will also awards going to household name companies. IKEA, Coca-Cola and Under Armour have all made the shortlist.
Stars on the shortlist
An array of stars are up for awards. They include Killing Eve actress, Jodie Comer, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK favourite Michelle Visage, and world-famous singer Taylor Swift for the Celebrity Ally Award.
Meanwile Big Little Lies’ Zoë Kravitz and Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness are in the running for the LGBT+ Celebrity award.
The Sports Personality Award could go to former Welsh international rugby player Gareth Thomas, who came out as HIV positive in 2019. And transgender British racing car driver Charlie Martin is also on the shortlist.
Grammy-award winner Lizzo, non-binary artist Sam Smith and record-breaking Ariana Grande will battle it out alongside Lil Nas X, who came out as gay last June, for Music Artist of the Year.
Sarah Garrett MBE, British LGBT Awards founder, said the shortlist is ‘a really exciting mix of some of the world’s most deserving LGBT+ people’.
She added: ‘These awards shine a light on those who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBT+ community during uncertain and challenging times.
‘The nominees are all role models who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to raising awareness of, or advancing, LGBT+ rights.’
The 2020 ceremony will be at the Brewery in Barbican, London on 29 May. The public can help choose the winners here.
The 2020 British LGBT+ Award nominees in full
Eugene Lee Yang
Sufi Malik and Anjali Chakra
Jonathan Van Ness
The Jonas Brothers
Christine & The Queens
Lil Nas X
Tyler, the Creator
Years & Years
Broadcaster or journalist
BBC’s Gentleman Jack tells the real-life story of Anne Lister.
Drag Race comes to the UK.
Mexican primetime television makes history with its first ever lesbian kiss on Amar a Muerte.
Queer couple wins MTV’s True Love or True Lies.
Netflix’s Sex Education diverse representation of LGBT+ characters and relationships.
Renée Zellweger stars as gay icon Judy Garland.
Strictly Come Dancing makes history with same-sex routine to Emeli Sande performance.
Netflix Tales of the City’s queer representation and casting.
Showtime premiers The L Word: Generation Q.
The CW’s Riverdale’s LGBT+ character development.
Charity or Community Initiative
Colours Youth Network
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Goal Diggers FC
The Outside Project
The Proud Trust
Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life
Lord Waheed Alli
Sally Carr MBE
Brand or Marketing Campaign
Transport for London
Belton Flournoy, Protiviti
Clare Coates, Barclays
David Levine, Disney
David Stone, Allen & Overy
Holly Dewsbury, Facebook
Jerry Daykin, GSK
Joana Monteiro, Google
John Elliott, Sainsbury’s
Rachel Higham, BT
Steven Friel, Woodsford Litigation Fund
Claire England, JLL
Ian Ritchey, Rolls-Royce
John Bernard, Aviva
Lynne McBurney, Arnold Clark
Mark McKenzie, Vodafone UK
Sharyn Case, ARUP
Sonia Sawula, Credit Suisse
Stephanie Smith, Allianz
Susan Allen, Santander
Wincie Knight, ViacomCBS Networks International
Alex Vowinckel, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Bobbi Pickard, BP
Bruna Gil, LinkedIn
Christopher Kenna, Brand Advance
Deon Pillay, LGIM
Michael Burnham, State Street Global Advisors
Nicholas Johnson, Virgin Atlantic
Sophie Hunt, Adobe
Squadron Leader Catherine Lawson, Royal Air Force
Theresa Farrenson, Aon
Christina Peach, FleishmanHillard Fishburn
Ellis Lanyon, L’Oreal
Ian Gustav Ahlberg, Financial Times
Jamie Barrelll, Publicis Sapient
John Hutchinson, HomeServe
Marianne Cowie, Zurich Insurance
Michael Geeleher, Sony Playstation
Tom Stockton, MSB Solicitors
Nathan Jordan, Dyson
Robert Downer, Uber
dbPride, Deutsche Bank
Havas Pride, Havas
Heathrow Airport Pride, Heathrow Airport
HSBC Pride Network, HSBC UK
Nestlé UK&I LGBT+ Network, Nestlé
Open&Out, Johnson & Johnson
TSB LGBT+ Network, TSB
Unity, Cushman and Wakefield
Inclusive Employer or Company
Lloyd’s of London