You've heard of the Grammy Awards, Billboard, Tony, and of course the Academy Awards, but what about the Gracie Awards? It's a major annual awards presentation produced by Women in Media Foundation that will air on the Hallmark Movie Channel, August 8th, 2011. Mark the date!
Yes, it's still a man's world when it comes to showbiz but there are plenty of very influential women in the entertainment game who as Beyonce would say, "Run The World." The Gracies pays tribute to those women and those who create "exemplary programming for women, by women, and about women in all facets of media." This year's event was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
This event's most prestigious honor, the Tribute Award, was given to award winning, veteran journalist, producer, and best selling author, Linda Ellerbee. Her career spans over 20 years in broadcast news and television as a host, reporter, anchor, and producer for various major networks. The Tribute Award is only given to trailblazers like her who have laid the foundation for generations of women in media.
And receiving the event's other high distinction, Dove's Real Beauty Award, was "Access Hollywood's", Shaun Robinson, for her "embodiment and expression of the substance and spirit of real beauty in her life and career."
Notably, Robinson is a strong supporter of programs empowering young women. She is a board member of Girls, Inc., a youth organization, and the author of "Exactly As I Am", a book about building self-esteem in young girls. Listen to her being interviewed on the red carpet!
And see more red carpet interviews with celebrity attendees including honoree, Linda Ellerbee, Meredith Viera, Sharon Leal, Chelsea Handler, and Kimberly Locke.