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To say Thurs­day night’s eight an­nual Chevro­let Feather Awards evening was noth­ing but spicy would be an un­der­state­ment. One could not pos­si­bly have han­dled all the dag­gers thrown at me­dia favourites Boity Thulo, Them­bisa Mdoda, Bo­nang Matheba and AKA.

Hosts Lumko John­son and Khanya Mkangisa didn’t hold back on the trend­ing top­ics that had the coun­try talk­ing this year.

The Feather Awards, founded by Thami Kot­lolo, aim to cel­e­brate pub­lic fig­ures who em­power and in­spire the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­sex­ual and in­ter­sex (LGBTI) com­mu­nity.

And who­ever wrote the evening’s script de­served a Bells. I’ve never winced so hard, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously fight­ing back tears of laugh­ter.

South Africa’s elite celebri­ties, some politi­cians and LGBTI mem­bers flocked to the Theatre on the Track in Kyalami. It was a star-stud­ded af­fair with many a fash­ion faux pas to take in.

Ra­dio and TV per­son­al­ity Somizi, in all-blue torn jeans, blazer and hat en­sem­ble with red-soled Louboutin heels thrown in, stood out.

Guests and nom­i­nees trick­led along the red car­pet in their spo­radic num­bers while Cham­pagne, wine, orange juice and savoury finger foods waited at the en­trance.

The evening went smoothly, save for a late start and an awk­ward mo­ment when an award was mis­tak­enly dropped and the pink di­a­mond on it broke off.

The tongue-bit­ing cat­e­gory, Drama Queen of the Year, went to AKA, DJ Zinhle, Eu­phonik and Bo­nang, whose pub­lic so­cial-me­dia spats beat Kani and Mdoda.

Cutest cou­ple went to Somizi and long-time friend TT Mbha. And, of course, Somizi didn’t shy away from throw­ing shade at for­mer BFF Bo­nang.

“Friends have come and gone, and boy have they gone … From your gay B!, I’m out,” he signed off in his ac­cep­tance speech, the room erupt­ing with laugh­ter.

Olympic cham­pion and South Africa’s golden girl, Caster Se­menya, scooped both the Role Model and Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year awards, al­though she wasn’t in at­ten­dance.

The Best-Styled Fe­male award went to Rockville ac­tress and Black Cof­fee’s wife, Mbali Mlotshwa, who beat fel­low nom­i­nees Bo­nang Matheba and Di­neo Moeketsi.

Mother of the Na­tion Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela was named the diva ex­traor­di­naire, beat­ing fel­low nom­i­nees, jour­nal­ists Iman Rap­petti and Redi Tl­habi. (This was a no-brainer, why were they in the cat­e­gory?)

The pres­ti­gious Feather of the Year award went to late foot­baller and LGBT rights ac­tivist Eudy Sime­lane, whose mother ac­cepted the award on her be­half.

Guests were treated to per­for­mances by the likes of Naak­musiQ, DJ Tira, Dbn Nyts, Dr Malinga, 3Sum’s Am­s­tel, Kelly Khu­malo, KB Mot­si­lanyane and Idols SA’s Shenay O’Brien. Bar and food fol­lowed, and the manda­tory tak­ing of self­ies.

DOU­BLE TAKE Mbali Mlotshwa and Di­neo Moeketsi graced an al­ready event­ful evening with their lovely selves

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