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Anohni nominated for Best British Female Brit Award

Transgender performer Anohni is a contender for Best British Female Artist for the 2017 Brit Awards.

Eleven years after Best British Male nomination, she is up against fellow nominees, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Lianne La Havas, and Nao at the Brit Awards on 22 February.

The first artist to be included in both categories during their career, the singer was previously nominated as Antony and the Johnsons.

Last year saw the 45-year-old release her new album Hopelessness, which features ‘protest songs from our times’ under her new name Anohni – which has gone on to receive critical acclaim.

Anohni previously told how she has identified as transgender since childhood and took on feminine pronouns in 2015.

“But working and socialising with women, and doing [campaign group] Future Feminism, empowered me in the feminine, and I could accept that it was OK to be the way I am. But I don’t feel emphatically female, it’s more subtle than that.”

She added: “I was never going to become a beautiful, passable woman, and I was never going to be a man. It’s a quandary.

“But the trans condition is a beautiful mystery; it’s one of nature’s best ideas.”

Nominated for an Oscar last year, Anohni boycotted the event in protest at the film awards’ failure to tackle a diversity deficit.

 

 

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