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27th Apr 2021

Diversity’s Black Lives Matter dance nominated for Bafta

Danny Jones

Diversity BLM routine nominated for BAFTA

Diversity’s BLM routine got people talking last year

In September 2020, the UK dance troupe known as Diversity, who rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, performed a powerful Black Lives Matter routine on the show that helped launch their career.

Back then, it received more a total of 24,500 Ofcom complaints, but both ITV and Ofcom stood firm alongside the British dancers, rejecting the complaints and echoing its message surrounding racism and the need for unity. Now, over half a year later, the performance has been shortlisted for a BAFTA. You can watch it in full here:

As per several outlets, Diversity’s Black Lives Matter dance is in the running for the ‘Must-See Moment’ Award, which is sponsored by Virgin Media and voted on by the public. It is among six nominees alongside the following moments:

  • Penelope being revealed as Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton
  • Gray Atkins killing Chantelle in EastEnders
  • Luke Skywalker reveal in The Mandalorian
  • Nigella Lawson’s mispronunciation of the word microwave on Cook, Eat, Repeat
  • Gogglebox responding to Boris Johnson’s coronavirus press conferences

Having seen ridiculous levels of criticism from viewers clearly too uncomfortable to be confronted with challenging yet important subject matter, it is good to see such a bold and brave performance be recognised.

This year’s BAFTA ceremony will be held on June 6th, with Richard Ayoade set to return as host. The viewing public have until 5pm on the 24th of May to vote for the winner – this is the only award that is voted on by the public, so make your vote count.