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Inside the 2013 Gracie Awards

Melissa Etheridge at the 2013 Gracies

Melissa Etheridge at the 2013 Gracies

Exceptional Women in Media Honored by the Gracie Awards, 2013

By Adrienne Papp

Any media awards show in Hollywood can be a star-studded event, but it’s much more significant when the awards are given for a special interest group that have come together to celebrate their own.  This is especially true when the event celebrates the world of media created by women, for women and about women.

This year, some of Hollywood’s brightest stars shone even brighter as the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) gathered at the legendary Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate the talented women in entertainment at the 38th Annual Gracie Awards gala hosted by Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parrilla.  The Gracie Awards (also known as “the Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable, and new media. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features, documentaries and other programs.

Adrienne Papp on the Red Carpet of the 2013 Gracies

Adrienne Papp on the Red Carpet of the 2013 Gracies

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) celebrated their own, honoring and recognizing the finest programming by extraordinary women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and new media. The Gracie Awards established in 1975 and named for Gracie Allen, honors individuals of the highest caliber whether in news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary or sports.  The work that women do in media may go unnoticed on a day-to-day basis, especially for those involved behind the scenes, but the significance of women’s contributions is staggering. When a whole ballroom of creative talent is assembled and their work applauded, magic fills the air, making the evening one of the most inspiring and energetic awards of the year. Of course all this would have been impossible without Edna Sims, a world-renowned PR relations expert who makes this traditional and classic event perfect, elegant and unforgettable every year.

“The Gracies Gala is a wonderful celebration of the inspiring contributions women make to the media industry,” said AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is thrilled to welcome and honor so many extraordinary women at our signature event.”

The 2013 Gracies

The 2013 Gracies

The glitzy black-tie extravaganza attracted some of the most recognized and talented names in the industry, including Sarah Chalke from ABC’s How to Live with your Parents, Tony Award-Winner Sutton Foster from ABC Family’s Bunheads, TNT Rizzoli & Isles’ Angie Harmon, Lucy Hale and Ian Harding from ABC’s Family Pretty Little Liars, NPR Correspondent Ina Jaffe, Director and Producer Rory Kennedy, Angela Kinsey from NBC’s The Office, NBC Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler, ABC News Reporter Martha Raddatz, Style Network’s  Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Access Hollywood and BET Network’s Shaun Robinson, ESPN’s Hannah Storm; TNT Dallas’ Brenda Strong; Oscar-Nominee Meg Tilly from the ReelzChannel’s Bomb Girls, NBC Go On’s Julie White, Sarah Baker, and Suzy Nakamura, Bloomberg Anchor Jane Williams, Chandra Wilson from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy …and so many more.

Inside the 2013 Gracies, Photo by Adrienne Papp

Inside the 2013 Gracies, Photo by Adrienne Papp

Oscar and Grammy winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge treated the audience to a powerful, intensely personal musical performance. Etheridge also took the stage to accept her Gracie Award for Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment/Information for The Melissa Etheridge Radio Show.  In accepting the award, cancer-survivor Etheridge said that the Gracies “reveal …who we are as women:  we want to help and save the world…  And one other thing, make sure you take care of yourself, your health, your happiness…”

Shaun Robinson, in accepting her award for Individual Achievement as Outstanding Host – Entertainment/Information, said “I love, love, love the Gracies because I get to be in a room of women who are changing the world, and I salute each and every one of you.”

The Gracies are such a fitting celebration to the professional work done by women in all aspects of entertainment: from radio and TV to film and print media, for work about Medicare fraud, abortion, human trafficking, AIDS, American politics, classic drama, sports, mainstream comedy, sexual identity and almost every possible aspect of human activity. It’s a testament to the talents of the women in the room that they have risen to attain such success in what had been traditional male-oriented industries.  Moll Anderson maybe summed it up best when she took the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Achievement as Outstanding Host – Lifestyle Program: “I was asked what sort of great advice I had been given by another woman, and I thought about it, and it’s probably the fact that it’s never too late to be who you were meant to be.”

Adrienne Papp at the 2013 Gracies

Adrienne Papp at the 2013 Gracies

The Gracies are presented by the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media, which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media, and associated fields.  Over the years they have received generous support from corporate sponsors that include Automotive Sponsor: Ford Motor Company; Hair Care Sponsor: Sexy Hair; Media Sponsor: Ovation; Publication Sponsors: Broadcasting & Cable and Radio Ink; Table Sponsors: A+E Networks/Lifetime, Al Jazeera Media Network, Arbitron, Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation, CNN, Crown Media Family Networks, Disney|ABC Television Group & ESPN, JSW Productions, Katz Media Group, National Association of Broadcasters, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, NBC News, OWN/Harpo, REELZCHANNEL, Style Network and Universal Television.

Adrienne Papp and Angie Harmon at the 2013 Gracie Award

Adrienne Papp and Angie Harmon at the 2013 Gracie Award

About the Author of This Article:  Lady Adrienne Papp is a recognized journalist, economist and feature writer who has written for many publications including Savoir, Beverly Hills 90210Malibu BeachSanta Monica SunThe Beverly Hills TimesBrentwood News, Bel-Air View,Celebrity Society,Celeb Staff, It MagazineChic TodayLA2DAYWest Side Todayamong many others. She is the President and CEO of Los Angeles / New York-based publicity company, Atlantic Publicity and publishing house, Atlantic Publisher. Adrienne writes about world trends, Quantum Physics, entertainment and interviews celebrities, world leaders, inventors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs. She also owns Atlantic United Films that produces and finances true stories made for theatrical release or the silver screen. Spotlight News Magazine is owned by Atlantic United, Inc. Dame Adrienne Papp is a member of the International Press Academy.

 

Angie Harmon Conferences in the 2013 Gracies

Angie Harmon Conferences in the 2013 Gracies

2013 Gracie Awards in Major Markets

Martha Raddatz

Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent

ABC News

 

 

Medicare Fraud

Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature

ABC News

 

Mika Brzezinski

Outstanding Host

MSNBC/Morning Joe

 

Mindy Kaling

Outstanding Producer – Entertainment

Universal Television/The Mindy Project

 

Moll Anderson

Inside the Hilton Ballroom at the 2013 Garcies, Photo By Adrienne Papp

Inside the Hilton Ballroom at the 2013 Garcies, Photo By Adrienne Papp

Outstanding Host – Lifestyle Program

Moll Anderson Productions/SiriusXM Radio

 

“My Kid Would Never” Series

Outstanding Series

NBC News/Dateline

 

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV, and AIDS

Outstanding Children/Adolescent Non-Animated Program

Nickelodeon

 

O You 2012

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Oprah Radio

 

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Inside the 2013 Gracies, Photo by Adrienne Papp

Inside the 2013 Gracies, Photo by Adrienne Papp

Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Comedy

Universal Television

 

Robin Roberts

Outstanding Anchor

ABC News/Good Morning America

 

Rory Kennedy

Outstanding Director – News/Non-Fiction

HBO/Ethel

 

Sandra Lee

Outstanding Host – Lifestyle Program

Food Network/Restaurant Remakes

 

Semper Fi: Always Faithful

The 2013 Gracies inside the Beverly Hills Hilton, Photo by Adrienne Papp

The 2013 Gracies inside the Beverly Hills Hilton, Photo by Adrienne Papp

Outstanding Documentary

MSNBC

 

Shaun Robinson

Outstanding Host – Entertainment/Information

BET Networks

 

Sheila Nevins

Outstanding Producer – News/Non-Fiction

HBO/God Is The Bigger Elvis

 

Sherri Shepherd

Outstanding Female Actor in a Guest Role

Universal Television/30 Rock

 

Super Soul Sunday

Outstanding Special or Variety

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

 

image-4Sutton Foster

Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role

ABC Family/Bunheads

 

Syria

Outstanding Hard News Feature

NPR

 

The Cast of “Hot in Cleveland”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Comedy

TV Land

 

imageThe Cast of “Steel Magnolias”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Drama

Lifetime

 

The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley: “Cancer Cure”

Outstanding Soft News Feature

CBS Evening News

 

The Melissa Etheridge Radio Showimage

Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment/Information

Benztown

 

The Suze Orman Show

Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment/Information

CNBC

 

Women Warriors

Outstanding Series

CBS Radio News

 

 

 

23 and Meimage-1

Outstanding Interview

CBS News/CBS This Morning

 

A Cry For Help: Disaster in the Desert

Outstanding Hard News Feature

ABC News

 

Amy Poehler

Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series

Universal Television/Parks & Recreation

 

Anjelica Huston

2013 Gracies, Photo by Adrienne Papp

2013 Gracies, Photo by Adrienne Papp

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series

Universal Television/Smash

 

Aqui y Ahora: “The Woman in the Mirror”

Outstanding Magazine

Univision Network

 

Beth McCarthy-Miller

Outstanding Director – Entertainment

Universal Television/30 Rock

 

Bloomberg EDU with Jane Williams

Outstanding Interview

Bloomberg Radio

 

Bomb Girls

Photo by Adrienne Papp

Photo by Adrienne Papp

Outstanding Drama

REELZCHANNEL

 

CNN Special Projects: Small Business Success

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

CNN

 

ESPN Outside the Lines

Outstanding Sports Program

ESPN

 

Gaza/Israel Conflict

Outstanding Breaking News Coverage

CNN

 

Giuliana & Bill

2013 Gracies

2013 Gracies

Outstanding Reality Show

The Style Network

 

Ina Jaffe

Outstanding Reporter/Correspondent

NPR

 

India’s Unwanted Girls

Outstanding Hard News Feature

CNN

 

Ireland’s Abortion Standoff

Outstanding Talk Show – News

Al Jazeera English

 

Julianne Moore

Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama  Special

HBO/Game Change

 

Julie White

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series

Universal Television/Go On

 

Keturah Gray

Outstanding Producer – News/Non-Fiction

ABC News

 

Kidnapped Woman Reunites with Family

Outstanding Investigative Program or Feature

Radio Free Asia

 

Lena Dunham

Outstanding Director – Entertainment

HBO/Girls

 

Letter to My Mother

Outstanding Soft News Feature

Cumulus Media Inc.

 

Lucy Hale

Outstanding Performance By a Female Rising Star

ABC Family/Pretty Little Liars

 

Maria Elena Salinas

Outstanding Anchor

Univision Network

 

Married to the Army: Alaska

Outstanding Reality Show

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments

    I admire these women!

  • It seems like this was by far one of the most eventful evening in Entertainment.

  • Look at all these talented women!

  • It is really good to know that these outstanding women are getting recognized. They earned it! I bet this was an event full of gorgeous women:=)

  • Congrats to Chelsea!

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