The Feather Awards 2014 Nominees Announced

The Feather Awards 2014 are returning for the 6th year, and, as usual, they’re not holding back. The tongue-in-cheek, light-hearted celebration of high-profile individuals who, according to the LGBTI community, have inspired, scandalised and amused South Africans over the past year, was launched with a star studded nominees announcement in Johannesburg.

With South Africa celebrating its 20th year of democracy, the Feather Awards is joining in to celebrate our nation’s momentous anniversary, while using the occasion to acknowledge the the LBGTI community for its fierce commitment Freedom of Expression.

Chevrolet, the event’s long-time partner, have returned as sponsors of the awards 6th edition,  as has the  Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

Defined by their zany,  outrageous categories, there’s no doubt that Feathers 6 is set to continue the tradition of being South Africa’ s most irreverent awards ceremony. 

Amongst this years nominees are a glittering group of Mzansi’s it-girls and hot boys, such as Drama Queen of the Year, Fag Hag of the Year, and Socialite of the Year, coupled with more conventional awards for Role Model of the Year and Musician of the Year, the Feather Awards always gets people talking. 

And the 2014 edition will be no exception to this rule.
 “It’s our 6th year, and we’re still going strong” comments Thami Kotlolo, founder and spokesperson for the Feather Awards. 
“This year is especially meaningful because we’re celebrating 20 years as a democracy – we have a long way to go when it comes to really recognising the rights of the LGBTI community in South Africa, but it’s comforting to live in a country where our rights are enshrined in the constitution."
 The categories and finalists are:

Best Styled Female – This category is for ladies that consistently kept to their style throughout the year.
  • Nandi Mngoma
  • Nhlanhla Nciza
  • Minnie Dlamini

Best Styled Male – The men that have maintain their style throughout the year.
  • Maps Maponyane  
  • Katleho Sinivasan
  • Katlego Maboe

Hunk of the Year – These men just ooze the X-factor, you look at them and you just want a strong hug.
  • Naked DJ
  • Nkuli Tshirumbula
  • Andile Gumbi

Diva Extraordinaire of the Year – These women are who always carry themselves well and they have a strong presence.
  • Thembi Seete
  • Nhlanhla Nciza
  • Thembi Nyandeni

Sports Personality of the Year – People that have inspired in the world of sports
  • Chad Le Clos
  • Fikile Mbalula
  • Hashim Amla

Role model of the Year – They never put their foot wrong in the public eye, they continue to contribute positively to society.
  • Zizo Beda
  • Thuli Madonsela
  • Lebo Mashile 

Cutest Couple – these are couples people adore and look up to.
  • Lalla Hirayama & Chris “The Mayor” Nkosi
  • Terry Pheto & Mampho Brescia
  • Lee-Ann & Nicki Van Der Walt

Hot Chick of the Year – these are women who ooze a lot of sex appeal.
  • Jessica Nkosi
  • Amanda du Pont
  • Nandi Mngoma

Media Award of the Year
  • Shift
  • Gay Pages
  • Exit

Fag hag of the Year – Need we say more? they never leave their home without their favorite accessories, a gay friend.
  • Lalla & Chris
  • Dineo Moeketsi
  • Lerato Kganyago

Musician – musicians we love to listen to on and off stage.
  • Uhuru
  • Cassper Nyovest 
  • Mafikizolo

Socialite – Seen at every opening of an envelope or erection of a stop sign.
  • Simpiwe Dana
  • Bridget Khati
  • King Olwee
Drama Queen – These are personalities we read about every Sunday over breakfast, their lives revolve around dramatic behavior or situations.
  • The Chomee, Arthur, DJ Euphonik & Bonang saga
  • Generations cast & Mfundi Vundla
  • AKA & Casper

Category finalists and winners are selected and adjudicated by a panel consisting of members of the media and entertainment industry who’re firmly in touch with what’s hot on the South African social circuit.

The Feather Awards will take place at a Johannesburg venue on 12 November, 2014.

Some pics from the event: 

Pictures captured with Samsung Galaxy 5, sponsored by @MWO2M.

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