BRITISH LGBT AWARDS 2016: NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 457

The British LGBT Awards 2016 are due to take place on 13 May and the shortlist for this year has now been revealed. Adele, Zayn Malik, Stephen Fry, Sam Smith and many others have been nominated this year, with voting now open to the public to decide the ultimate winners.

There are a number of categories for this year’s awards ceremony, including a special “media moment”, brand or marketing campaign, and the most LGBT-friendly travel destination. Last year Tom Daley took him the award for LGBT sports personality, while Daniel Radcliffe and Lorraine Kelly were awarded with the celebrity straight ally. Rylan Clark took home the award for LGBT celebrity.

The public can now cast their votes for each celebrity and consumer category via the British LGBT Awards website. A judging panel has been selected to rate a separate list of corporate categories, including inspirational role model, employer/company and corporate rising star.

LGBT CELEBRITY
•Dustin Lance Black (Screenwriter & Actor)
•Alan Carr (comedian and television presenter)
•Cara Delevingne (fashion model and actor)
•Boy George (singer/songwriter and The Voice UK coach)
•Caitlyn Jenner (reality star and ex-athlete)
•Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks’ Ste)
•Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black star)
•Ben Whishaw (Actor)

CELEBRITY STRAIGHT ALLY
•Kim Cattrall (Actress)
•Danny Dyer (EastEnders’ Mick Carter)
•Nigella Lawson (TV Personality)
•Brian May (Member of Queen)
•Eddie Redmayne (Oscar winning actor)
•James Sutton (Hollyoaks’ John Paul)
•Zoe Sugg aka Zoella (Video Blogger)
•Holly Willoughby (Star of This Morning, Surprise Surprise and Celebrity Juice)

Celebrity Rising Star
•Olly Alexander (Lead singer of Years & Years)
•Philip Armstrong (fashion icon)
•Jake Graf (actor and filmmaker)
•Hannah Hart (American internet personality)
•Seann Miley Moore (X Factor Finalist 2015)
•David Morgan (Comedian and star of Safeword & I’m A Celeb Get Me Out Of Here Now)
•Rebecca Root (actress and comedian)
•Rose & Rosie (video bloggers)

Global icon
•Cher (singer/songwriter)
•Hilary Clinton (politician)
•Stephen Fry (comedian and writer)
•Lady Gaga (singer/songwriter, star of American Horror Story: Hotel)
•Sir Ian McKellen (actor)
•Bette Midler (singer/songwriter)
•Jennifer Saunders (comedian and actress)
•George Takei (actor and director)

Music artist
•Adele
•Jess Glynne
•Halsey
•Little Mix
•Zayn Malik
•Rank Ocean
•Sam Smith
•Years & Years

Broadcaster or presenter
•Clare Balding (BBC television presenter)
•Vicky Beeching (musician and television presenter)
•Evan Davis (BBC radio presenter)
•Nick Grimshaw (Radio 1 Breakfast Show Host and TV Presenter)
•Paul O’Grady (television presenter and comedian)
•RuPaul (American drag queen and model)
•Sue Perkins (broadcaster and comedian)
•Gok Wan (television presenter and stylist)

SPORTS PERSONALITY
•Nicola Adams (boxer)
•John Amaechi )psychologist and high-performance executive coach)
•Keegan Hirst (rugby league player)
•Mark McAdam (television presenter)
•Nigel Owens (Welsh international rugby union referee)
•Sam Stanley (rugby union player)
•Heather Stanning (professional rower)
•Casey Stoney (football player)

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BRITS 2020 NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 18

The nominations for the 2020 BRIT Awards have been announced, with Lewis Capaldi and Dave leading the way as the most nominated artists.

London rapper Dave and Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis will compete for prizes in the same four categories – Album of the Year, British male, Best New Artist and Song of the Year.

While Dave won last year’s Merucry Prize for his Number 1 debut album Psychodrama, Lewis scored the year’s best-selling album with his chart-topping collection Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. Lewis also topped the Official Singles Chart with Someone You Loved and scored a string of Top 10 hits including Bruises, Grace and Before You Go. View Lewis’s Official Chart history in full.

The both face strong comeptition on the Album of the Year category, where they will go up against Stormzy, Harry Styles and Michael Kiwanuka. Stormzy is shortlisted for three awards in total, including Song of the Year with Vossi Bop, where he will compete against tracks by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, Sam Smith & Normani, Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus, Calvin Harris & Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Tom Walker, Dave ft Burna Boy, Mabel, Lewis Capaldi and AJ Tracey.

2018 Critics’ Choice nominee Mabel is also up for three awards – Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Female Solo Artist, which also includes nods for Freya Ridings, FKA Twigs, Charli XCX and Mahalia. This year’s Critics’ Choice winner – renamed Rising Star – is 25-year-old R&B/soul/blues singer Celeste.

Several acts pick up their first ever BRIT nomination this year, including Lizzo and Billie Eilish, who are up for the International Female Solo Artist award alongside Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey and Camilla Cabello.

Meanwhile, Dermot Kennedy, Tyler The Creator, Bring Me The Horizon, Freya Ridings, Aitch, AJ Tracey and D-Block Europe all receive debut nominations.

The BRIT Awards 2020 with Mastercard take place Tuesday February 18 at The O2 Arena in London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall.

The 2020 Brit award nominees in full

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Coldplay
Foals
Bring Me the Horizon
D-Block Europe
Bastille

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Mabel
Freya Ridings
FKA twigs
Charli XCX
Mahalia

MALE SOLO ARTIST
Harry Styles
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Michael Kiwanuka
Stormzy

BEST NEW ARTIST
Aitch
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Mabel
Sam Fender

SONG OF THE YEAR
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant
Dave ft Burna Boy – Location
Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Tom Walker – Just You and I
Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With a Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Camila Cabello
Lana Del Rey
Lizzo

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Tyler, the Creator
Dermot Kennedy
Post Malone

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
Dave – Psychodrama
Harry Styles – Fine Line

VENTRESCA UNVEILS THE VIDEO FOR HER NEW SINGLE “CRAVING” 0 81

Now aged seventeen, Ventresca has long since known that music would be a key part of her life. Having started out as a member of the Canadian Dance Unit, who together won multiple awards, she then decided to stretch her wings and began to experiment with song-writing and exploring her vocal abilities.

With a mini tour of Germany and with a steadily growing fan-base to her name, Ventresca is proving herself to be a real talent with a bright future, and her latest single “Craving,” the video which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere, offers fans a brilliant pop track that blends both funk and disco with powerful lyrics.  

Asked about the video for the single, Ventresca says:

“You’re really gonna get 2 videos in one, and your gonna get to decide what video you want to see. In our video, you’re literally going to enter a dream world. Lets’ put it this way, people are going to be having a lot of cravings for my music.”

Check out “Craving” below and for more information on Ventresca, visit her website.