Katy Perry will receive the Gracies Impact Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) at the 45th annual Gracie Awards program, which will air live (albeit virtually) on AWMF’s Facebook page on Sept. 10.
The Gracies Impact Award is presented to an artist who has made a positive impact on society through her music. Rachel Platten received the award in 2017, when she was coming off her rousing hit “Fight Song.” Perry has recorded her share of inspirational anthems, including “Firework,” “Roar” and “Rise.”
The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, television and interactive media. Honorees are selected in national, local and student markets.
CBS News’ Gayle King will accept an award for her widely praised interview with singer R. Kelly. King was credited for keeping her cool when Kelly became combative.
The producing team of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly will also be honored.
Other music-oriented winners include Michelle Williams, for her portrayal of Gwen Verdon in FX’s Fosse/Verdon; Niecy Nash, for BET’s 2019 Black Girls Rock!; Trisha Yearwood for Every Girl at Christmas (ABC News radio commercial); Ginger Zee for Inside Frozen II (ABC News podcast); Alex Duda, showrunner for The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBCUniversal); and Izzie Pick Ibarra, showrunner for FOX Broadcasting’s The Masked Singer.
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy will be honored for a March 2019 episode which raised awareness of sexual assault survivors. Debbie Allen directed the episode, “Silent All These Years,” from a script written by Elisabeth R. Finch.
Other honorees this year include Naomi Watts, Amy Poehler, Tamron Hall, Angela Yee, Danai Gurira and Natasha Lyonne.
“There’s no doubt that this year has been indescribable – but one thing that has stayed consistent is the level of content that continues to be generated by and for women,” Becky Brooks, executive director, AWMF, said in a statement.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta will pay tribute to frontline journalists who are covering the year’s defining stories–COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.
Mickey Guyton is slated to perform twice at the event. Guyton, a Black, female country singer (still a rarity in country music) was nominated for new female vocalist of the year at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards.
The Gracies were named after Gracie Allen, who teamed with her husband George Burns to form one of the most beloved comedy teams in TV history. Allen died in 1964 at age 69.