Nominees for the 2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards were announced on Friday (2 December 2011) during a star-studded Launch Party at Café de Paris, in the heart of the West End.

Shayne Ward, Richard Fleeshman and “the Beatles” helped kick things off in style by performing at the event, while Meera Syal, Nigel Lindsay and Jemima Rooper will help us read out the shortlists.

Other special guests will included actor Malcolm Sinclair, president of Equity, a sponsor of the Awards, and Matilda star Bertie Carvel, who drew the raffle on behalf of this year's adopted charity Stage One, which is dedicated to developing the producers of the future.

A full list of this year's nominees can be found here, while we've got more photos of all the stars arriving here.

Voting for the 2012 Whatsonstage.com Awards opened on Friday at Whatsonstage.com/vote

ALL PHOTOS BY PETER GIBBONS
FOR WHATSONSTAGE.COM

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Tim Arthur (Time Out), Meera Syal, Nigel Lindsay, Malcolm Sinclair & Jemima Rooper

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Jodie Jacobs

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Kimberley Walsh & Stuart Matthew Price

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Shayne Ward & the cast of Rock of Ages

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Shayne Ward

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Shayne Ward

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Shayne Ward

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Terri Paddock & Nigel Lindsay

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Tim Arthur (Time Out) & Jemima Rooper

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Richard Fleeshman

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Richard Fleeshman

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Richard Fleeshman

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Meera Syal & Theo Bosanquet

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Malcolm Sinclair

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Sheridan Smith

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party The cast of Backbeat

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Richard Fleeshman & Sheridan Smith

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Hannah Waddingham

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Leanne Jones & Andrew Keates

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Hannah Jane Fox & Kerry Ellis

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Tim Minchin

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Bertie Carvel

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Javone Prince & Doon Mackichan

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Kerry Ellis

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Louisa Norman, Samuel James & Lindsay Alvis

Whatsonstage.com Launch Party Kacey Ainsworth & John Owen-Jones