ITV opens nominations for first ever BEAM Awards

ITV is now accepting nominations for the BEAM Awards, a new awards ceremony to celebrate BAME (Black and Minority Ethnicity) TV personalities, actors, musicians, politicians, and general telly icons.

Hosted by Alesha Dixon and Sir Trevor McDonald, the awards will celebrate all the nation's favourite icons from minority ethnic backgrounds.

"I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of these Awards," McDonald said. "They will play an important part in our society, and I have no doubt that they will continue to flourish."

ITV will hand out awards for:

  • Actors of the year (male and female)
  • TV personalities of the year (male and female)
  • Sports personalities of the year (male and female)
  • Comedy act of the year
  • Cultural icon
  • Politician of the year
  • Entrepreneur of the year
  • Inspiration of the year
  • International icon of the year
  • Music artist or band award
  • Judges award
  • Diverse company award

It's collecting nominations from now up until 4 September, ready for a "glittering" awards ceremony on 12 October at the London Palladium - with live coverage on ITV, of course.

"If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diverse talent the UK has to offer, it is now," said Paul Sesay, BEAM Awards founder. "The BEAM Awards aims to bring communities together and highlight the phenomenal achievements of BAME icons nationwide. We have a fundamental passion to drive change and make a lasting and sustainable difference across the media industry and beyond."

To nominate your faves, go to

Source: ITV

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