Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock is overwhelmed as she scoops a top honour at the Ethnicity Awards 2021

LITTLE Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock thanked fans tonight as she scooped a top honour at the 2021 Ethnicity Awards.

The singer, 30, took home the Media Progress Moment gong for her BBC documentary Race, Pop and Power in which she opened up about her own experiences of racism in the music industry.



Speaking from her home via video link, she said: "I wish I could be there tonight but motherhood is keeping me busy. This is an incredible award and I want to thank my amazing fans who are so supportive and inspire me everyday to wake up and keep fighting for change.  

“Thank you for the amazing contributors to the documentary who shared their stories – the film would be nothing without you. In the words of Dawn Butler 'when the history books are written, what's going to be said next to your name?' The hard work doesn't stop here."

The ceremony, hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White and held in association with HSBC UK, recognised celebrities and public figures who are working to progress equality. 

Trailblazing journalist Moira Stewart, who was Britain's first Black female newsreader, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award, while BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, who recently made a powerful Panorama documentary about race, scooped the Journalist of the Year prize. 

Former football star turned much-loved sports and TV presenter Alex Scott won the Sports Personality of the Year Award which was presented by Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara.

Meanwhile, 2021 Brit Award winner Arlo Parks attended the ceremony to collect the Musician of the Year accolade – with Fleur East handing over the gong.

Arlo said: "This award is an incredible honour and it is fantastic to be recognised among so many other deserving winners who are all great role models." 

Other winners on the night included London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, who won the Politician of the Year award. The former Labour MP joined the ceremony via video link from COP26 in Glasgow. 

Founder of the Ethnicity Awards, Sarah Garrett MBE, said: "The 2021 Ethnicity Awards have taken place against a race storm that has engulfed cricket and the end of a very poignant year.

"The events at Yorkshire Cricket club show why Black and minority ethnic people, who are using their platform to make a difference and promote equality for all, deserve to be recognised and that is why the Ethnicity Awards remain as important as ever.

"All of the winners are incredibly deserving and it has been wonderful to recognise some of our true national treasures like Moria, Leigh-Anne and Naga." 


The 2021 Ethnicity Award winners in full

INSPIRATIONAL PUBLIC FIGURE – Naomi Campbell

TESCO FUTURE LEADER – Kemi Fajoye, Pearson

ONLINE INFLUENCER – Munya Chawawa

NATIONAL GRID WORKPLACE HERO – Sami Halepota, Surrey Police

MACQUARIE GROUP NETWORK GROUP (ERG) – Embrace, HSBC UK

BURBERRY PRESENTER, JOURNALIST OR HOST – Naga Munchetty

LLOYDS BANKING GROUP CHAMPION (ALLY) – James Clarry, Coutts

LGIM CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE – End Violence and Racism Against ESEA Communities

SPORTS PERSONALITY  – Alex Scott MBE

VIACOMCBS INSPIRATIONAL LEADER – Segun Osuntokun, BCLP

BP OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITIES – Marissa Begonia, The Voice of Domestic Workers

MEDIA PROGRESS MOMENT – Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s ‘Race, Pop and Power’ Documentary

POLITICIAN OF THE YEAR – Sadiq Khan

MUSIC ARTIST – Arlo Parks

HSBC UK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Moira Stuart OBE

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYER – National Grid 

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