Billboard Wins Two Folio Awards

Left to right, back row: Billboard managing editor Chris Woods, creative director Andrew Horton, editorial director Bill Werde and art director Andrew Ryan. Front row: Billboard editor Joe Levy and photo director Amelia Halverson.

Billboard has won two 2013 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards in categories honoring best article and best cover. The awards ceremony, held Thursday (Dec. 3) at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, honored excellence in magazine editorial and design.

“I'm just so proud of the Billboard team,” Billboard editorial director Bill Werde said. “It's a team that starts with Guggenheim's belief in our brand that enabled us to redesign our platforms, and extends down through every hard-working member of the Billboard staff.”

Billboard won in the B-to-B Single Article category for its feature story “The High-Stakes Rise, Ambition-Fueled Life And Long Dark Fall Of Rock's Last Great Hustler” (which you can read here). Written by David Peisner, the piece recounted the twisted rise and fall of Alan Meltzer who made a fortune in the music business with his Wind-up Records before pills, an obsession with poker and failing health eventually led to his demise.

Billboard also won the Best Cover Award in the B-to-B under 25,000 Circulation category for its Prince cover (Vol.125, No. 3, Jan. 26, 2013). The cover (below) designed by Billboard creative director Andrew Horton (and story written by Billboard senior editor of R&B/hip-hop Gail Mitchell), marked the launch of Billboard’s redesign. The photograph was shot by Justine Walpole and featured the iconic musician wearing large mesh sunglasses.

“Relaunching a brand like Billboard is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Horton said, “and it's gratifying to see the results recognized.”

Other publications honored at the event included Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Saveur and Architectural Direst.

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