Trans singer Anohni has been nominated for Brit Award as Best British Female Solo Artist, eleven years after Best British Male nomination.
Anohni, previously known as Antony Hegarty was nominated for Best British Male Artist in 2006 as part of the band Antony and the Johnsons, after the release of their album, I Am a Bird Now.
This year’s nomination comes after the 2016 release of Anohni’s critically acclaimed solo album, Hopelessness.
She will face-off against fellow nominees, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Lianne La Havas, and Nao at the Brit Awards on 22 February.
In an interview with the Guardian last year, the 45-year-old artist said Anohni was the ‘spirit name’ of Antony Hegarty, and that she has identified as transgender since childhood.
She said that ‘cowardice and shame’ prevented her from asking people to call her ‘she’.
‘”She” used to make my skin crawl,’ she said.
‘Within a gay context it can be used very snidely: to contain trans people and to denigrate other men.’
‘Working and socialising with women, and doing [campaign group] Future Feminism, empowered me in the feminine, and I could accept that it was OK to be the way I am.’
‘But I don’t feel emphatically female, it’s more subtle than that.’
She also said ‘the trans condition is a beautiful mystery; it’s one of nature’s best ideas’.
You can watch her haunting video Drone Bomb Me, starring Naomi Campbell below.