Kelly at­tends first so­cial bash since Senzo’s death

Celeb preens and poses for cam­eras at the gay-friendly Feather Awards

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CON­TRO­VERSY hit the 6th an­nual gay friendly Feather Awards last night when singer Kelly Khu­malo made her first of­fi­cial ap­pear­ance since the mur­der of her boyfriend, na­tional soc­cer cap­tain Senzo Meyiwa.

She ar­rived early on the red car­pet, pos­ing and preen­ing for the cam­eras in Sand­ton.

The glow on her face was a far cry from the pale and de­pressed Khu­malo of re­cent days. She wore a long black dress with a white sil­hou­ette down the side that showed off her curvy body.

Khu­malo pre­sented the fi­nal award of the evening, “Feather of the Year”, which is given to a per­son who has up­lifted the gay and les­bian com­mu­nity.

This year the award went to Shahin Eraf Moonieya.

Min­is­ter of Sport Fik­ile Mbalula won Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year. “Mr Razzmatazz” pipped fel­low nom­i­nees, crick­eter Hashim Amla and pre­vi­ous win­ner, swimmer Chad le Clos, to the post.

In an amus­ing turn, Drama Queen of the Year was won by the Gen­er­a­tions 16 (the ac­tors who were fired from the soapie) and its cre­ator Mfundi Vundla.

This was for their drama that played out over the wage dis­pute be­tween the strik­ing cast mem­bers and the pro­duc­ers.

The tongue-in-cheek awards were at­tended by sev­eral A-list celebri­ties – from ac­tors to mu­si­cians and fash­ion de­sign­ers, some of whom were dressed in the most out­ra­geous de­signs.

The red car­pet was a me­dia frenzy that is only ever ri­valled by the South African Mu­sic Awards. Con­ti­nu­ity pre­sen­ters Zizo Beda of Se­li­math­unzi, Lalla Hi­rayama, Lerato Kganyago and Amanda du Pont were all win­ners on the night.

Beda beat Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela to win Role Model of the Year. Vuzu pre­sen­ter and SA’s Got Tal­ent judge Hi­rayama and her boyfriend Chris Nkosi won Cutest Cou­ple, while SABC1’s Kganyago won Fag Hag of the Year. Du Pont, an SABC1 gossip show The Real Goboza pre­sen­ter, bagged the Hot Chick award.

The very hap­pen­ing ac­tor-model-con­ti­nu­ity pre­sen­ter Maps Maponya won the cov­eted Best Styled Male, with the fe­male equiv­a­lent award go­ing to the new face of Le­git, vo­cal­ist and con­ti­nu­ity pre­sen­ter Nandi Mn­goma.

Another favourite in the Feather Awards is Hunk of the Year, which was won by Mu­vhango’s Nkuli Tshirum­bula.

Last night, Mafik­i­zolo raised the roof when they ac­cepted the award in the Best Mu­si­cian Cat­e­gory.

Hosts on the night were ac­tor Akumzi Jezile and for­mer YOTV pre­sen­ter and tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Sade.

There were per­for­mances by mu­sic im­pre­sario Kabomo, songstress Wanda Baloyi, kwaito singer Bu­siswa and the dar­ling Madame Gigi (Somizi Mh­longo), among oth­ers.

PIC­TURES: MATTHEWS BALOYI

GLOW­ING: Kelly Khu­malo ar­rives on the red car­pet for the an­nual gay friendly Feather Awards in Sand­ton.

CHECK­ING IN: Ac­tor Jafta Mam­abolo

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