Winners of the 2022 Visionary Honours announced

The Visionary Honours Awards returned for its third year on the 1st March 2022, in association with mental health charity YoungMinds. Hosted by Sir Lenny Henry, the awards ceremony celebrated activists, creators and community leaders who over the past 18 months have inspired social change through the arts and their platforms including film, television, music, literature, podcasts, theatre, media platforms and their communities.

Alongside the presentation of the awards, there were live performances by award-winning poet Sophia Thakur and a live music performance by Ella Henderson who performed her new single, Brave ahead of the arrival of her long-awaited second album Everything I Didn’t Say arriving on the 11th March.

With a great ensemble of inspiring icons, community leaders and celebrities all under one roof at BAFTA, Visionary Arts Foundation is delighted to reveal that the winners and presenters at Visionary Honours 2022 Awards are as follows:

Book Of The Year
WINNER: Maybe I Don’t Belong Here (David Harewood)
PRESENTER: Stacey Dooley

Podcast Of The Year
WINNER: Extraordinary People (Katie Piper)
PRESENTER: Hugh Quarshie

Play/Musical Of The Year
WINNER: Death of England: Delroy (Clint Dyer & Roy Williams)
PRESENTER: Heather Small

Documentary Of The Year
WINNER: Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power (Kandise Abiola & Tash Gaunt)
PRESENTER: Rhianna Dhillon

Television Show Of The Year
WINNER: It’s A Sin (Russell T. Davies)
PRESENTER: Krystal Versace

Film Of The Year
WINNER: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Tom MacRae & Jamie Campbell)

Song Of The Year
WINNER: Peng Black Girls (Enny)
PRESENTER: Ella Henderson

Community Person Of The Year
WINNER: Sabah Ahmedi
PRESENTER: Imogen Arden-Jones (YoungMinds)

Outstanding Achievement Award
WINNER: Michaela Coel

Inspirational Person of the Year
WINNER: Rose Ayling-Ellis
PRESENTER: Tim Campbell

Legacy Honour
WINNER: Sir Trevor McDonald
PRESENTER: Sir Lenny Henry

From diversity and inclusion, to mental health care, the climate crisis, poverty and youth violence prevention, Visionary Arts Foundation believes that people can create a difference, as well as raise awareness of social issues via film, television, music, literature, podcasts, theatre, media platforms and their communities.

Adrian Grant, Founder of Visionary Honours, said “I’m delighted to reveal the deserving winners of the Visionary Honours Awards for 2022. I want to thank Sir Lenny Henry for being the host for this year’s award but also the other presenters who were tremendous. Special thanks goes to Sophia Thakur and Ella Henderson for their performances during the awards and finally thank you to the great team at BAFTA for their support in bringing this event back in-person. Congratulations to the truly inspiring individuals who we have celebrated tonight – it has been amazing!”

Michelle Kerrigan, Development Manager at YoungMinds, said, “We’re incredibly grateful that the Visionary Honours chose YoungMinds as their charity partner this year. YoungMinds is leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. We provide young people with tools to look after their mental health, empower adults to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives, and they amplify young voices to change the world we live in. Thank you for joining in our fight for the mental health of children and young people across the UK.”

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