“It has always been a strength of this marginalized community to be able to raise causes and serious issues and do that while having fun. The Chevy Feathers have managed to remain at the centre of social commentary, whether it be through praise or critique, but despite that we soldier on. And that is the point, this platform will raise issues of discrimination, issues of rape and killing of LGBTI people, here at home and on the continent and we will do so while having fun. We also believe through some of our nominees we gain voices and allies. To all the winners and nominees, congratulations and thank you” – Thami Kotlolo (Founder of Feather Awards)
Themed “A Rainbow Africa” and tied in with the 7 year anniversary of the awards, the Feathers hosted 7 African delegates from the SADC region, who marched to Michael Jackson’s ‘they don’t care about us’ in a performance during the show.
Over and above that, drama, fun and lively performances were the order of the night, alongside the more serious side of the awards, an addition that is welcomed by most.
Celebrities, politicians, business people, LGBT activists and even students gathered to celebrate individuals who empower and inspire the LGBTI community at the iconic Johannesburg City Hall.
Gauteng premier, Mr David Makhura welcomed everyone and emphasized that Gauteng was home for all who live in it and all who live in it shall be protected and treated equally.
Performances on the night included Simphiwe Dana who performed her political tune “”Nzima”, with the help of DJ Shimza on the decks, which had the entire hall getting down. Another notable performance was Boom Shaka, who closed the show and did a medley of their popular tracks, starting with ‘it’s about time’.
Hosts for the night were the beautiful Lootlove and TallA$$Mo, who made an appearance in drag.
The judging panel of the Chevrolet Feather Awards is made up of journalists and thoughtleaders, some of whom are members of the LGBTI community and others allies. It is their analysis and insights that leads to the top three and their votes that determine the winners.
“Our long and proud involvement with the Chevrolet Feather Awards has been a fulfilling and valuable relationship dating back to the very first event in 2009. It gives us the opportunity to reach out and engage with an important audience for our brand and at the same time celebrate the talent we have right here in South Africa. ‘Rainbow Africa’ signifies unity and diversity, something that we strive to live by whether internally, with our employees, or in the communities we sell & service our vehicles in across Sub-Saharan Africa.” – Brian Olson: General Motors SA Vice President Sales, Service & Marketing.
Growing bigger with every year, this year’s awards were a success and will be broadcast on SABC 1 on 27 November 2015 at 10:00pm.
The winners of this year’s Feather Awards 2015 are:
- Best Styled Female – Nomzamo Mbatha
This category is for ladies that consistently kept to their style throughout the year.
- Best Styled Male – Minister Malusi Gigaba
The men that have remained stylish throughout the year.
- Hunk of the Year – Vuyo Dabula
These men just ooze the X-factor, you look at them and just want a strong hug.
- Diva Extraordinaire of the Year – Ouma Tema
These are women who always carry themselves well – they have a strong presence.
- Sports Personality of the Year – Mpho Maboi
People that have inspired in the world of sports
- Role model of the Year – Steve Letsike
They never put their foot wrong in the public eye, they continue to contribute positively to society.
- Cutest Couple – Black Motion
These are couples that people adore and look up to.
- Hot Chick of the Year – Jessica Nkosi
These are women who ooze a lot of sex appeal.
- Fag hag of the Year – Atandwa Kani
Need we say more, they never leave their home without their favorite accessories, a gay friend.
- Musician of the Year – Ricky Rick
Musician we love to listen to, on and off stage.
- Socialite of the Year – Vintage Crew
Seen at every opening of an envelope or erection of a Stop sign.
- Drama Queen of the Year – Bonang Matheba
These are personalities we read about every Sunday over breakfast, their lives revolve around dramatic behaviors and situations.
- Media Award of the Year – Mamba online
- Feather of the Year – Portia Modise
- African Feather of the Year – Titica (from Angola)