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Big names lead the Investing in Ethnicity Awards' shortlist

SHORTLISTED: Stormzy and Meghan Markle

THE HSBC Investing in Ethnicity Awards has revealed its star studded shortlist which includes Meghan Markle, Alesha Dixon and Stormzy.

The celebrities and big brands are being honoured for their commitment to promoting and supporting ethnic minority talent at a glittering ceremony in London’s Waldorf Hilton on Thursday November 1.

Model Adwoa Aboah and presenter Jameela Jamil have been nominated for the Influencer Award., whilst Meghan Markle, 12 Years A Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, Stricky Come Dancing’s Ore Oduba and presenter Alesha Dixon are all up for the Inspirational Public Figure gong. Liverpool FC hero, Mo Salah, who led the team to the Champions League Final in May, has also been shortlisted in the same category.

Legacy award nominees include Sir Trevor McDonald and Grace Jones for their outstanding commitment to ethnic minority talent and championing diversity.

The Media Impact award has recognised events including Stormzy’s powerful BRIT Awards performance, Jordan Peele and the Oscar-nominated film Get Out, Oprah Winfrey’s passionate speech at the Golden Globes, the most diverse Royal Wedding in British history and EastEnders tackling the growing issue of knife crime featuring young British black and ethnic minority actors.

Huge companies including Missguided, River Island, John Lewis and British Vogue have all been recognised for their efforts and will battle it out on the evening to take the Brands of the Year award home. This award recognises the organisations with a track record of supporting ethnic minority communities in the UK.

And The Voice's very own Paulette Simpson has been nominated for her outstanding contribution to communities, alongside BCA's Paul Reid and Doreen Lawrence OBE.

Founder of the Investing in Ethnicity Awards, Sarah Garrett MBE, said: “The Investing in Ethnicity Awards will be a fantastic evening, honouring those who work so hard to promote ethnic minority talent and champion diversity.

“It’s great to see so many celebrities, influencers, brands and politicians’ commitment to raising awareness and congratulations to all those shortlisted - their efforts deserve to be celebrated.”

Fiona Daniel, Head of Diversity and Inclusion UK at HSBC UK, said: “We are delighted to be a partner for The Investing in Ethnicity Awards 2018, this is an excellent opportunity to highlight the incredible work being done across the UK both in the business world and more broadly. The calibre of nominations has been outstanding, stressing the importance of those working hard to ensure that all people are afforded equal opportunity, regardless of race or ethnicity.”

The full shortlist:

MEDIA IMPACT
Sikh guardsman becomes first to wear turban during Trooping the Colour
Edward Enninful's appointment and diverse Vogue covers
Black Panther release
Jordan Peele and Get Out
Stormzy’s Brit Awards performance
The most diverse Royal Wedding in British History
Oprah Winfrey speech at the Golden Globes
EastEnders tackled the growing issue of knife crime featuring young BAME actors

INFLUENCER
Farrah Storr - Editor, Cosmopolitan
Jameela Jamil - Actress & Social Commentator
Adwoa Aboah - Model / Actress
Reni Eddo-Lodge - Author & Social Commentator
Jamal Edwards MBE - Creator of SBTV
Humza Arshad - Instagram influencer/founder of The Asian Man/Director
Kojey Radical - Musician/influencer/cultural commentator
Nadir Nahdi - YouTuber/Influencer/cultural commentator

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITIES
Paulette Simpson
Paul Reid
Harun Khan
Leon Lopez
Ade Hassan MBE
Doreen Lawrence OBE
Jasvinder Sanghera CBE
Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE

BRAND
ADIDAS
RIVER ISLAND
GLOSSIER
BRITISH VOGUE
SPOTIFY
MISSGUIDED
MCCAIN
JOHN LEWIS

INSPIRATIONAL PUBLIC FIGURE
Letitia Wright - Actor
Mohamed Salah - Sportsperson
Alesha Dixon - Singer/Presenter
Gemma Chan - Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Actor
Babita Sharma - Broadcaster
Meghan Markle - Actor/Royal Family
Ore Oduba - Broadcaster

POLITICAL FIGURE
Diane Abbot MP
Dawn Butler MP
Sajid Javid MP
Alan Mak MP
David Lammy MP
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP
Rushanara Ali MP
Magid Magid

CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
AWAAZ
Sangam Centre
The Aleto Foundation
Black History Month
Karma Nirvana
FORWARD UK (FGM)
gal-dem
Notting Hill Carnival

LEGACY
Kanya King
Lord Waheed Alli
Ozwald Boateng
Vanessa Kingori MBE
Alan Yau
Sir Trevor McDonald
Grace Jones
Meera Syal CBE

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