Carol Burnett will be the first annual recipient of the Carol Burnett Award. Last week the Hollywood Foreign Press announced that they have created a new award that will honor the highest achievements in television. Today it was revealed that the award will honor Carol Burnett and be named The Carol Burnett Award. Ms. Burnett will receive the first award at the 2019 Golden Globes Awards ceremony on January 6th.
“For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna. “She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show, The Carol Burnett Show. She was also the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and Kennedy Center Honors. And now we add another first to her running list: the first recipient – and namesake – of the new Golden Globe top honor for achievement in television, the Carol Burnett Award. We are profoundly grateful for her contributions to the entertainment industry and honored to celebrate her legacy forever at the Golden Globes.”
Burnett has won five Golden Globe Awards for her contributions to television, and The Carol Burnett Show has collected 25 Emmy Awards. Burnett will also be honored this January at San Francisco Sketchfest.