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Sir Elton John and David Furnish up for parenting award

Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish have both been shortlisted for the title of Celebrity Dad of the Year. 

The couple welcomed their first son, Zachary, at Christmas after he was born to a surrogate and this news marks the first time a gay couple have been nominated for the prize, which will be awarded by the hotel chain Premier Inn. 

Organisers of the Premier Inn Celebrity Parent of the Year award explain it aims to "reward the celebrity dad who has impressed the nation by balancing a hectic public life with the demands of parenting", and also in the running are stars Wayne Rooney, Gary Barlow and Jonathan Ross.

The winner will be crowned on June 16 just before Father's Day, which this year falls on Sunday, June 19.