Gracie Awards

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The Gracie Awards are awards presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWM) in the United States, to 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 award's namesake is radio and television star Gracie Allen.

The Gracie Awards ceremony is presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWM), since 1975.[2] The awards are named after radio and television star Gracie Allen. Allen was a successful comedian, entertainer, entrepreneur and activist. As half of the Burns and Allen act, one of the most prominent comedy teams in American history, with husband George Burns, Allen has been a role model for women in media and entertainment.

Deadline Hollywood describes the awards as follows:

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for, and about women in radio, television, cable, and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local, and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets.[3]

The Gracie Awards are held on two days, known as the gala and the 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, California. The Gracie Awards Luncheon, a more casual affair, honors local, public, online, and student works and has been held in New York.[1]

The 2019 ceremony took place on May 21, with the "local and student award winners," honored on June 26.[3]

The 2020 ceremony was held virtually on September 10, 2020, and honorees included Katy Perry for the Gracies Impact Award, Gayle King, Michelle Williams, Niecy Nash, Trisha Yearwood, Ginger Zee, Alex Duda and Izzie Pick Ibarra.[4]


The following were the categories as of the 2014 ceremony:[5]

  • Outstanding Anchor – News or News Magazine
  • Outstanding Comedy
  • Outstanding Director – Entertainment
  • Outstanding Director – News
  • Outstanding Documentary
  • Outstanding Drama
  • Outstanding Ensemble Cast – Comedy
  • Outstanding Ensemble Cast – Drama
  • Outstanding Family Programming
  • Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role
  • Outstanding Female Actor in a Featured or Guest Role
  • Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy
  • Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama
  • Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy or Musical
  • Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama
  • Outstanding Hard News Feature
  • Outstanding Host – Entertainment/Information
  • Outstanding Host – Lifestyle/Health Program
  • Outstanding Host – News/Non-Fiction
  • Outstanding Interview Program or Feature
  • Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature
  • Outstanding Lifestyle/Health Program
  • Outstanding Morning/Afternoon Drive Personality
  • Outstanding On-Air Talent: Sports Program
  • Outstanding Online Host or Correspondent
  • Outstanding Online Producer
  • Outstanding Original Online Programming – Audio
  • Outstanding Original Online Programming – News/Documentary
  • Outstanding Original Online Programming – Series
  • Outstanding Original Online Programming – Standalone Video
  • Outstanding Producer – Documentary/Reality
  • Outstanding Producer – Entertainment
  • Outstanding Producer – News
  • Outstanding Reality Show
  • Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent
  • Outstanding Series
  • Outstanding Soft News Feature
  • Outstanding Special or Variety
  • Outstanding Sports Program
  • Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment/Information
  • Outstanding Talk Show – News


Gala Hosts from 2005 to 2014
Paula Zahn, Megan Mullally, Lesley Visser, Giuliana Rancic, Niecy Nash, Maria Menounos, Patricia Heaton, Angela Kinsey, Lana Parrilla, Aisha Tyler

Gala Performers from 2005 to 2014
Gloria Gaynor, Miri Ben-Ari, Dance Times Square, Onyx, Elisabeth Withers-Mendez, Dwana Smallwood, Girl Scouts Chorus of Nassau County, Taylor Swift,[6] Dianne Reeves, Melissa Pabon Dancers, Darlin Garcia, The Stunners, Macy Gray, Melissa Etheridge, Deniece Williams, Kimberley Locke

Luncheon Hosts from 2005 to 2014
Rene Syler, Roz Abrams, Nancy Giles, Kim Guthrie, Deborah Norville, Moll Anderson

Caring Is Sexy Award
Angie Harmon, Giuliana Rancic

Dove Real Beauty Award
Shaun Robinson, Jessica Simpson, Amy Poehler, Lisa Ling, Joy Behar, Linda Ellerbee, Gayle King

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  1. ^ a b "The Gracies". March 2, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  2. ^ Puente, Maria. "Lynda Carter to get Gracie Award for lifetime achievement". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Deadline Archived 2019-04-17 at the Wayback Machine coverage of the 2019 Gracie Awards
  4. ^ Grein, Paul (August 26, 2020). "Katy Perry to Receive Gracies Impact Award From Alliance for Women in Media Foundation". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "2014 Gracie Awards Winners | Alliance for Women in Media". Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "06-18 – 32nd Annual Gracie Awards". Taylor Swift Photos. June 18, 2007. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

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