‘I am so proud to be part of it.’
Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes are set to present this year’s British LGBT Awards at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London next month.
Celebrities, politicians, and campaigners will gather at the annual event to celebrate the individuals and organisations who work to advance the rights of LGBT+ communities across the globe.
Speaking ahead of the event, Alan Carr, a former British LGBT Awards winner himself, said:
“It’s always such a fantastic night – I feel like I’ve just got over the last one. Plus to have my mate and Radio 2 co-host and partner in crime Melanie Sykes on hand to share the presenting duties just makes the night even more special!
“It is a fantastic event that does so much to celebrate people in the LGBT community who are making a real difference, as well highlighting the straight allies who give their much-needed support. And in 2017 these awards are more important than ever. I am so proud to be part of it.
“It is going to be a brilliant night and I am looking forward to reuniting with my Mel on stage to present the winners. It’s going to be glitzy and fabulous affair with some very special moments.”
British LGBT Awards co-founder, Sarah Garrett MBE, said that ‘the 2017 NatWest British LGBT Awards is going to be a night to remember’.
The awards will be handed out to celebrities and people in the public eye who have demonstrated a commitment to the LGBT+ community or those who are considered role models.
This year has seen nominations for the likes of Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, Great British Bake Off star Sue Perkins, Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, Lady Gaga and TV presenter Paul O’Grady.
Prince William, actress Emma Watson and former Arsenal footballer Thierry Henry are amongst those shortlisted for the coveted Straight Ally award, which was won last year by Queen legend Brian May.
Adele, Miley Cyrus and Madonna are all in the running for the Music Artist prize.
Charities, community organisations and businesses with a background in supporting the LGBT community will also be recognised.