Gracie Awards

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The Gracie Awards celebrate and honor programming created for women, by women, and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions in electronic media and affiliates. Presented annually, the Gracie Awards recognize national, local and student works. [1]


The Gracie Awards ceremony is presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWM). The awards are named after radio and television star Gracie Allen. Gracie was a successful comedienne, entertainer, entrepreneur and activist. As half of the Burns and Allen act, one of the most prominent comedy teams in American history, Gracie has been a role model for women in media and entertainment.

The Gracie Awards are divided into two days, a gala and a luncheon. The Gracie Awards Gala is a black tie evening affair and awards individuals in the national and mainstream arena. The Gracie Awards Gala has been regularly held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The Gracie Awards Luncheon, a more casual affair, honors local, public, online and student works and has been held in New York.[1]


  • Outstanding Anchor News-News Magazine
  • Outstanding Interactive Website
  • Outstanding Portrait/Biography Programming
  • Outstanding Special Program
  • Outstanding Public Affairs Program
  • Outstanding Public Service Announcement
  • Outstanding Commercial – Single Entry
  • Outstanding Drama
  • Outstanding Feature – Soft News
  • Outstanding Feature – Hard News
  • Outstanding Director – Entertainment Series or Special
  • Outstanding Documentary – Short Format
  • Outstanding Documentary – Mid-length Format
  • Outstanding Documentary – Long Format
  • Outstanding Producer – Entertainment Series or special
  • Outstanding Producer – News Series or Special
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress – Mini Series
  • Outstanding Female Lead – Drama Series
  • Outstanding Female Lead – Mini Series
  • Outstanding Host – News Program
  • Outstanding Host – Entertainment
  • Outstanding Host – Information


Gala Hosts from 2005-2010
Paula Zahn, Megan Mullally, Lesley Visser, Giulianna Rancic, Niecy Nash, Maria Menounos

Gala Performers from 2005-2010
Gloria Gaynor, Miri Ben-Ari, Dance Times Square, Onyx, Elisabeth Withers-Mendez, Dwana Smallwood, Girl Scouts Chorus of Nassau County, Taylor Swift, Dianne Reeves, Melissa Pabon Dancers, Darlin Garcia, The Stunners, Macy Gray

Luncheon Hosts from 2005-2008
Rene Syler, Roz Abrams (twice), Nancy Giles

Luncheon Keynote Speakers
Geraldine Laybourne, Laureen Ong, The Satellite Sisters, Jessica Weiner[1]

Dove Real Beauty Award
Shaun Robinson, 2011 Honoree,[2] Jessica Simpson, 2010 Honoree,[3] Amy Poehler 2009 Honoree, Lisa Ling 2008 Honoree, Joy Behar 2007 Honoree, Linda Ellerbee 2006 Honoree, Gayle King 2005 Honoree

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