The 13th annual Feather Awards 2021 took place on Thursday at the Market Theatre in downtown Johannesburg. And what a show it was!
The awards, synonymous with exquisite fashion, colourful entertainment, witty commentary and killer live performances, did not fail to impress.
Kicking off the star-studded evening in true glitz and glam, the entrance to the Market Theatre was transformed into a pink floral wonderland. Pink Carpet hosts Rorisang Thandekiso, Zanele Potelwa and Ayanda Makuzeni welcomed guests as they entered the precinct.
The fashion moments brought the house down in this year’s theme, Solid and Fabulous. The star-filled Pink Carpet saw celebrities such as Lethabo Joy, Ayanda Ncwane and Phupho Gumede Kardashian arriving on the carpet with “trains for days!”
Award hosts Lumko Johnson alongside Penny Lebyane, Ditshego Ditsego and Zizo Tshwete kept the audience entertained for the 3-hour long ceremony. Live performances by Tamara Dey, Amstel, Lady Du and Holly Rey alongside the Mzansi Gay Choir brought the roof down.
Leading the wins for the evening is Lady Du, who bagged two awards – Fag Hag of the Year and shared Best Musician with Limpopo goddess Makhadzi.
Wiseman Zithar took the Hunk of the Year title, while Best Styled was shared by former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi and SA fashion sensation Rich Mnisi.
Diva Extraordinaire went to the fabulous Johanna Mukoki and Hot Chick of the Year went to the beautiful Shudufadzo Musida.
Newly married lovebirds Liezel and Musa Mthombeni were in attendance, but the Cutest Couple award was scooped by marketing guru Sylvester Chauke and his partner Tumelo Mmusi.
Drama Queen for the second time in Feather Awards history went to the ever controversial multitalented media personality and businesswoman Khanyi Mbau.
Soccer player Phuti “Minaj “Lekoloane scooped the Sport Personality of the Year award.
Best Rainbow Parent Award went to LGBTI+ activist, the dynamic Virginia Magwaza, who attended with her daughter.
Best LGBTIQ initiative (Private Sector) Award went to Ernest & Young for all their on-going initiatives to create inclusion for all. Best LGBTIQ initiative (Public Sector) went to the Gauteng Department of Education who continue to build programmes that give queer people a voice. Vaal LGBT took the Best LGBTIQ Youth Movement Award for their extensive empowerment and growth building within the community.
Roche Kester, Director of the LGBTQIA desk at the Gauteng Premier’s Office, received the Role Model of the Year accolade and Media Award of The Year went to the highly profiled TV show Becoming.
Socialite of The Year went to Lelo WhatsGood while Coachella Randy took the Social Media Personality of the Year award.
The ever-important Simon Nkoli Award went to South African fashion icon David Tlale who gave a moving motivational speech.
The biggest accolade of the evening, the African Feather of the Year, was awarded to former United Nations official, the acclaimed Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who was unable to attend the awards.
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