October, 2021

Press Release, The Gracies


Virtual Gala Hosted by Lauren Ash featured Performances by Jewel and CeCe Winans, and Celebrated 46th Gracie Award Winners Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Erin Andrews & More

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LOS ANGELES, CA (October 5, 2021) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented the 46th Annual Gracie Awards.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards were held virtually and streamed on the foundation’s Facebook page.

 Highlights from the awards include:

  • Simone Biles presented Taylor Swift with the Gracies Grand Award for her documentary “folklore: the long pond studio session”:, to which Swift said, “I wanted to say, first of all, thank you Simone Biles for presenting this award to me. I absolutely adore you and, um, that just really made my heart skip a beat.” The presentation also featured footage of Swift performing “folklore” with her collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner in-studio.
  • Proclaimed the “Kindest Man in Hollywood,” actor Henry Winkler presented Gayle King with the Gracies Award for “Best Hard News Feature – Interview” for her work on the CBS special “Breonna Taylor: Her Life, Death, and Legacy.” The segment featured heart wrenching clips of Gayle’s interview with Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, with Gayle noting the sense of responsibility she felt to tell this story.
  • Glennon Doyle presented Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton with the Gracies Awards for “Best Entertainment Podcast Host” for her podcast, “You And Me Both with Hillary Clinton”. The segment features Glennon’s recap of her invitation to Hillary’s podcast where she was so excited, nervous, and over-caffeinated that she woke up her wife with a handmade poster that read, “It’s Hillary Clinton Day!”
  • Award-winning actress Caitriona Balfe accepted the award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role – Drama” for her dynamic role as Clare Fraser on the Starz series Outlander. The award was presented to her by actor and director Adam Rodriguez.
  • This year’s Gracie Awards coincides with the  Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s (AWM) 70th Anniversary. During a celebratory moment that recognized AWM’s history, featuring archived photos and original documentation from the organization’s founding members, Becky Brooks (President, AWM) and Heather Cohen (AWM Board Member) presented event host Lauren Ash with a special anniversary Legacy Award.
  • AWM Foundation and Ford Empowering America Scholarship recipient Omose Ighodaro presented the award for “Best Ensemble Cast” to “Mrs. America.” Cast and crew members including Cate Blanchett accepted the award, popping bottles of champagne and virtually raising a glass to one another in a Zoom celebration.
  • Television host and sportscaster Charissa Thompson presented her best friend and fellow award-winning sportscaster Erin Andrews with the Gracies Award for “On Air Talent – Sports”. During her presentation, Thompson recalled the first time she met Andrews 13 years ago at one of her first jobs, and reminisced about the immediate camaraderie she felt woman-to-woman in a field dominated by men.
  • Actress Kelly Hu presented Peabody Award-winner Mo Rocca with the Gracie Award for “Best Entertainment Podcast”. Rocca hosts the podcast “Mobituaries” and was recognized for the episode entitled, “Anna May Wong: Death of a Trailblazer,” that tells the story of Hollywood’s first Chinese-American superstar and the societal, industrial, and legal adversity she faced.

The awards also featured musical performances by Jewel and CeCe Winans. Between her acoustic performances of “No More Tears” and “You Were Meant For Me,” event host Lauren Ash presented GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel with the Gracies Impact Award. Later, GRAMMY award-winning American Gospel Singer CeCe Winans closed out the show with a performance of “Never Lost.”

To view the complete list of winners, their work and acceptance speeches, visit

Sponsors of the Gracie Awards include Crown Media, Ziploc ®, CNN, Apple Music, FOX Sports, Premiere Networks, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Meruelo Media, Beasley Media Group, Marketplace and TEGNA.

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About The Gracie Awards

The Gracie Awards is the largest fundraiser of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation which supports and promotes educational programs, and scholarships to benefit the media, the public, and allied fields. In addition to giving $20,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces the nationally acclaimed recognition program – the Gracie Awards which honors exemplary programming created by, for, and about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA – The Cable and Telecommunications Association and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and the Gracie Awards please visit and follow on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia), (#TheGracies), Instagram (@allwomeninmedia) and Facebook.

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Catherine Combs

May, 2019

The Gracies

Alliance For Women In Media Foundation Presented The 44th Annual Gracie Awards May 21, 2019

Attendees Included Performer Sheryl Crow, Host Lauren Ash, Honorees Christina Hendricks, Rachel Bloom, Leah Remini and Schitt’s Creek stars Annie Murphy and Sarah Levy

Presenters of the Star-Studded Night Include Loni Love, Melora Hardin, and Aisha Dee

 The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation brought together a packed house of industry leaders in front and behind the camera and microphone to support and elevate strong voices and inspiring storytelling. Host Lauren Ash led the room in helping usher in the 2019 Gracie Award winners whose stories spanned from uplifting and empowering narratives to stories that touched on important issues such as diversity, human trafficking and women’s reproductive rights.

This year’s attendees gathered at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel and included Sheryl Crow as performer, along with Good Girls co-stars Christina Hendricks and Retta, Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy and Sarah Levy, Rachel Bloom,Tisha Thompson, Leah Remini, Bethany Joy Lenz, Elizabeth Perkins, Loni Love, Melora Hardin, and more. Entertainment Tonight LIVE’s Cassie DiLaura served as the Gracie Awards social media ambassador, and the ceremony was executive produced by Vicangelo Bulluck.

Notable moment from the evening include:

  • Host Lauren Ash kicked off the evening celebrating the women who have been speaking their truth by sharing their stories and highlighting the theme of bravery. “It’s really important to celebrate our female friendships, because at the end of the day they’re not mad if you’re making more money than they are.”
  • Throughout the night, Sheryl Crow took to the stage performing a three-song medley, including her hit single, “If It Makes You Happy,” which she accompanied on piano. She joked with the room stating, “It’s so nice to be in a room with inspiring women. I’ve been engaged three times. I never got married but I had a rockin time not getting divorced!”
  • Good Girls stars Christina Hendricks and Retta closed out the night by accepting the award for Best Ensemble Cast (TV). Both actresses gave an outstanding nod to show creator Jenna Bans. Hendricks stated, “Jenna writes not only extraordinary stories, but writes women in a way that are smart, and funny, and complicated, and messy, and interesting and…un-stereotyped and we’re just lucky enough to say her words.”
  • Aisha Dee and Melora Hardin presented award for Best Producer in Entertainment to Madam Secretary. Lori McCreary stated, “I’m honored to stand in sisterhood with remarkable women who are making sure the face of our industry reflects the face of all Americans.”
  • Loni Love jokingly brought attention to the anti-abortion law conversation saying, “If men got pregnant abortions would be available at 7/11 and Foot Locker.”
  • Leah Remini ensured that she was prepared taking the stage saying, “I have my speech in my hand in case it was a man running the teleprompter.” She also took a moment to recognize the success of the women in the room, saying “you are a woman, you are badass, you are talented and a master of the multitask… be unapologetically you.”

Below, please find links to access house footage, which includes: b-roll of arrivals; interviews with honorees, the host and presenters; clips from the ceremony; and more.

Video Credit – Getty Images Video
Photo Credit – Getty on behalf of The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation

To view complete list of award recipients and honorable mentions, visit

About The Gracie Awards
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, and scholarships to benefit the media, the public and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, NCTA, NAB and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. In addition to giving $20,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards that honors exemplary programming created by, for and about women. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media please visit their website at and follow them on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia), (@TheGracies), (#TheGracies) and Facebook. Sponsors of The Gracies include Ford Motor Company; Beasley Media Group, Big Time with Whitney Allen, Crown Media Group, CNN, CBS Corporation, Cumulus Media, Discovery, Inc., Entercom, FOX Sports, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, Netflix, NPR, Premiere Networks, Sinclair Broadcast Group, SiriusXM, Sony Broadcast Television, Sun Broadcast Group, TBS, TEGNA, Universal Television, vCreative and VICE Media.


October, 2016

The Gracies

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announce 42nd Gracie Awards Call for Entries, Dates for Gala and Luncheon

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2016 – The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), has opened the call for entries for the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards Gala, June 6, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel and Gracie Awards Luncheon, June 27, 2017 in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street.

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Rita Cosby

October, 2016

The Gracies

Generations of Gracie

It is call for entries time again for the esteemed Gracie Awards and for me this reminds me of the extraordinary work the Alliance for Women in Media does to honor and embolden women in our fast-paced industry. It also reminds me of a truly special afternoon I shared several months ago with deeply inspiring women from all levels in the business… and all ages. I have been blessed in my decades (yes, decades!) in the broadcasting field to attend many awards ceremonies, but being a part of the Gracies as a presenter and multiple recipient, has been one of the more powerful and profoundly moving times in my career.

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May, 2016

The Gracies

The Gracies Live Coverage

The Gracie Awards Gala was Tuesday, May 24, 2016! 

The Gracie Awards recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment and individuals who have made inspirational contributions to the industry. The Gracies are celebrated with an evening event on the West Coast and a luncheon on the East Coast. These star-studded events include the visionary women who have spearheaded media progress and those who are the setting the path for the future.

The Live Stream is now closed. To see coverage, quotes and photos from the evening’s events, click here.


November, 2015

The Gracies

Gracies Logo – A New Spin After 40 Years

After 40 years of honoring outstanding programming by, for and about women, it was time for The Gracies to get a new look.

Enter Tomek Sadurski, an artist specializing in drawing with an eye for diverse media such as animation, theatre and technology. His work has been in international publications like L ́OFFICIEL Paris, Süddeutsche Zeitung, TASCHEN books – Fashion Illustration NOW, 25 Magazine, Folha de Sao Paulo, ELLE, Vanity Fair and many more. He has worked on campaigns and exclusive projects for companies like Vodafone, Ford, Audi Konzept Design Studio, VW, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Sony and Villeroy&Boch to name a few. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation was lucky to get him involved!

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May, 2015

The Gracies

Gracie’s Award 2015: A Magical Evening With Real Impact

When AWM Board Member Heather Cohen invited me to the Gracies Gala, I thanked her profusely, declaring her my Fairy Godmother. I really did feel like Cinderella – giddy, excited, and desperate for something awesome to wear! I borrowed my best friend’s dress and pearls, booked a blowout, packed my favorite lipstick, and the next thing I knew I was at the Beverly Hilton surrounded by the most inspiring women in the industry.

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