Back by popular demand: Mel B and Duncan James to host British LGBT Awards 2018

Pair will host gay extravaganza on Friday 11 May


Mel B and Duncan James (right) with Charlie King at the British LGBT Awards 2016


Mel B and Duncan James will return as hosts of the NatWest British LGBT Awards, it was announced today. 


The former Spice Girl will lead prize-giving duties at the awards extravaganza on Friday 11 May at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London after proving popular with the star-studded audience when she first did the job two years ago. She’ll be joined by Blue singer Duncan James. 





Commenting on her return to the British LGBT Awards stage, Mel B told us: “I said a massive ‘yes’ as soon as I was asked to host the British LGBT Awards again. It is such a brilliant event so I am thrilled to be back in London for it.


"I’m looking forward to helping recognise the LGBT people doing wonderful things for the community, as well as the allies who lend such vital support. I am really proud to be part of it because there is still so much to do in the fight for the full equality for LGBT+ people. 


"It's going to be a night filled with heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, unbelievable surprises and an enviable, fabulous guest list.” 


Duncan James added: “I had a blast when I hosted the British LGBT Awards with Mel last time so I’m looking forward to doing it again. It is such an important event and I can't wait to celebrate with all of the nominees.”


The British LGBT Awards was established in 2013 and has since grown to become one of Britain’s most influential and anticipated LGBT red carpet events. 


Nominees for this year’s awards include Harry Styles, Laverne Cox, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while DIVA publisher Linda Riley is shortlisted for Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life. Past winners include Prince William, Caitlyn Jenner and Sir Ian McKellen. 


Find out more about this year’s star studded event at


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