Black, Asian, and minority ethnic  awards ceremony celebrating BAME icons in public life is to be broadcast on ITV.

London Palladium Sign, 2011 ATV

“ITV is the home of brilliant entertainment events that celebrate talent and popular culture and inspirational people. We were excited when we heard about The BEAM awards and we are delighted to be bringing it to our viewers.” – Asif Zubairy, ITV Entertainment Commissioning Editor

A new awards ceremony, The BEAM Awards, is to celebrate the achievements of influential public figures from BAME backgrounds, at a glittering awards night on October 12th, which will be broadcast on dear old ITV.

The nominations open today in a range of categories across the worlds of celebrity, sport, music, politics, film and business, for talented individuals who have excelled in these areas and have inspired and encouraged the next generation.

The London Palladium is set to host the prestigious black tie event on October 12th, which will be televised by ITV, with coverage produced by Sugar Films. Alesha Dixon and Sir Trevor McDonald OBE will take centre stage as the hosts of The BEAM Awards, a night which promises to celebrate and showcase the best and brightest BAME talent, across a whole host of areas of public life.

“I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of these Awards. They will play an important part in our society, and I have no doubt that they will continue to flourish.”  Distinguished journalist and presenter, Sir Trevor McDonald

Nominations have opened across the following categories and the public have the chance to submit nominations right up until September 4th, by visiting

Actor of the Year (Male)
Actor of the Year (Female)
TV Personality of the Year (Male)
TV Personality of the Year (Female)
Sports Personality of the Year (Male)
Sports Personality of the Year (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

“I am proud to host the BEAM awards, as I think it’s a great opportunity to highlight the successes of BAME people from a variety of industries.” – Britain’s Got Talent Judge Alesha Dixon

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