Transgender singer Anohni wins nomination for Best British Female at 2017 BRIT Awards… eleven years after she was up for Best British Male

Singer Anohni has bagged a nomination for Best British Female at the BRIT Awards – eleven years after she was put up for the honour in the Best British Male category.

The Transgender star – who was formerly known as a man named Antony Hegarty – was previously nominated at the award ceremony back in 2006 when she was in the band Antony and the Johnsons.

Last year saw the 45-year-old release her new album Hopelessness, which features ‘protest songs from our times’ under her new name Anohni – which has gone on to receive critical acclaim.

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Honoured: Singer Anohni, 45, has bagged a nomination for Best British Female at the BRIT Awards - eleven years after she was put up for the honour in the Best British Male category

Honoured: Singer Anohni, 45, has bagged a nomination for Best British Female at the BRIT Awards – eleven years after she was put up for the honour in the Best British Male category

Eleven years ago: The Transgender star - who was formerly known as a man named Antony Hegarty - was previously nominated at the award ceremony back in 2006 when she was in the band Antony and the Johnsons

Eleven years ago: The Transgender star – who was formerly known as a man named Antony Hegarty – was previously nominated at the award ceremony back in 2006 when she was in the band Antony and the Johnsons

The star will be up against Ellie Goulding, Emile Sande, Lianne Le Havas and Nao for the honour, which will culminate during the award ceremony next month.

Anohni, who was born in Britain but grew up in the United States, won wide praise starting with Antony and the Johnsons’ hauntingly dark 2005 album ‘I Am a Bird Now,’ which won Britain’s Mercury Prize.

The talented performer previously confessed she had identified as being transgender since early childhood but the ‘shame’ prevented her from letting people know.

Speaking to The Guardian, last year she explained: ‘”She” used to make my skin crawl. Within a gay context it can be used very snidely: to contain trans people and to denigrate other men.

Tough category: The star will up against Ellie Goulding, Emile Sande, Lianne Le Havas and Nao for the honour, which will culminate during the award ceremony next month

Tough category: The star will up against Ellie Goulding, Emile Sande, Lianne Le Havas and Nao for the honour, which will culminate during the award ceremony next month

Talented: Anohni, who was born in Britain but grew up in the United States, won wide praise starting with Antony and the Johnsons' hauntingly dark 2005 album 'I Am a Bird Now,' which won Britain's Mercury Prize

Talented: Anohni, who was born in Britain but grew up in the United States, won wide praise starting with Antony and the Johnsons’ hauntingly dark 2005 album ‘I Am a Bird Now,’ which won Britain’s Mercury Prize

‘But working and socialising with women, and doing (campaign group) Future Feminism, empowered me in the feminine, and I could accept that it was OK to be the way I am. But I don’t feel emphatically female, it’s more subtle than that.’

She went on to mention: ‘I was never going to become a beautiful, passable woman, and I was never going to be a man. It’s a quandary. But the trans condition is a beautiful mystery; it’s one of nature’s best ideas.’

Anohni has won less mainstream recognition in the United States but has been hailed in artistic circles, with late rock icon Lou Reed championing her work and New York’s Museum of Modern Art commissioning a performance piece.

Struggles: The talented performer previously confessed she had identified as being transgender since early childhood but the 'shame' prevented her from letting people know

Struggles: The talented performer previously confessed she had identified as being transgender since early childhood but the ‘shame’ prevented her from letting people know

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Last year, she sensationally revealed she would boycott the Oscars after she was not asked to perform, despite being nominated for a gong at the award ceremony.

The outspoken artist, who won acclaim for her soulful yet soaring voice in the band Antony and the Johnsons, said she was overcome by ’embarrassment and anger’.

‘There I was, feeling a sting of shame that reminded me of America’s earliest affirmations of my inadequacy as a transperson. I turned around at the airport and went back home,’ Anohni wrote in an essay for music site Pitchfork.

‘As if to rub salt into the wound, the next morning the Oscars added that I was transgendered to the trivia page of their website,’ she wrote.

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