Thembisile Ntaka, Brenda Mtambo and Kelly Khumalo belt out Michael Jackson's Earth Song (What About Us)

Thembisile Ntaka, Brenda Mtambo and Kelly Khumalo belt out Michael Jackson’s Earth Song (What About Us)

Gauteng’s Premier Nomvula Mokonyane accepted the Diva of the Year award at last night’s tongue in cheek gay Feather Awards.

Mokonyane attended the glam event at Kyalami’s Theatre on the Track, which was bursting at the seams with celebs from the local music, television and fashion worlds.

The often controversial premier was nominated in the Diva Extraordinaire category alongside fashion designer David Tlale and Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the new Agang political party.

“South Africa belongs to all of us. We are all created in God’s image,” said Mokonyane to loud cheers from the audience while accepting the award on stage.

The Feather Awards are described as an “out, loud and proud celebration of individuals that the gay and lesbian community find inspirational, scandalous, or just plain hilarious”.

The event was hosted by singer, producer and actor Stoan Seate (who took to the stage in his underwear) and gregarious actress, dancer and presenter Lalla Hirayama – along with ongoing hilarious interventions by Kuli Roberts.

Other notable winners included actor Pallance Dladla taking the Hunk of the Year title, wheelchair tennis champ Lucas Sithole winning Sports Personality of the Year, Mi Casa scoring Musician of the Year and presenter and actress Pearl Thusi proudly accepting the Fag Hag of the Year nod.

The Drama Queen of the Year award went to Vuyo Mbuli’s widow, Savita Mbuli. It was accepted by Roberts, who was rumoured to have had an affair with the television presenter before his death.

The Best Styled Male award was presented by Mr Gay South Africa Steve Williams and Khanya Mkangisa to actor and director Thapelo Mokoena. The drama television series After 9 beat out to take home the Media of the Year award, while acclaimed lesbian photographer Zanele Muholi won the Feather Award.

The event included performances by the likes of Tamara Dey, gay dance troupe V.I.N.T.A.G.E, Thembisile Ntaka, Kelly Khumalo and Brenda Mtambo.

The event will be screened on SABC 1.

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