Arts & Humanities

Presenters unveiled for 81st Annual Peabody Awards

Winners will be announced over four consecutive days starting June 21

Peabody has announced the presenters for the 81st annual Peabody Awards.

The 30 winners will be named across major social media channels beginning June 21 through June 24. Celebrity presenters will announce each winner via a short video that will include remarks from the winners. The awards presentation will take place between 9 a.m. PT and 10:30 a.m. PT each day on Twitter (@PeabodyAwards), Instagram (@PeabodyAwards), Facebook (Peabody Awards) and at

Peabody is based in the University of Georgia Gray College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

This announcement comes on the heels of the recent news that Peabody honored Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY with the Institutional Award (presented by Oprah), Sam Pollard with the Career Achievement Award (presented by Raoul Peck), and Judy Woodruff with the Journalistic Integrity Award (presented by Jane Fonda).

The full list of presenters for the 81st Annual Peabody Awards includes America Ferrera, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Charlamagne tha God, Chris Rock, Cynthia Erivo, D. L. Hughley, Deborah Roberts, Emmanuel Acho, Eva Longoria, Goldie Hawn, Guillermo del Toro, Hasan Minhaj, Jane Fonda, Jemele Hill, Karl-Anthony Towns, Keith Ellison, Kristen Bell, Natasha Lyonne, Oprah Winfrey, Questlove, Raoul Peck, Ronan Farrow, Sandra Oh, Sanjay Gupta, Selma Blair, Soledad O’Brien, Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, Thandiwe Newton, Trevor Noah and Will Ferrell.

“This extraordinary group of individuals reflects the diverse backgrounds and forms of storytelling we seek to honor,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody. “We’re thrilled these amazing talents would honor this year’s winners, but also for their taking the time to help shine a light on the powerful issues and themes our winners often represent.”

The full list of the 60 nominees for the 81st Annual Peabody Awards is available here.