Atlanta, Texas, high school graduate (1976) Ellen DeGeneres is being honored by the legacy of another funny woman when she receives the Carol Burnett Award at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. The 77th Golden Globes take place Sunday, January 5 on NBC, recognizing excellence in film and television.
The comedian, actress, producer and daytime talk show host is the second recipient of the accolade, the first having been its namesake, Carol Burnett, who received the award last year.
In a statement, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said DeGeneres is a "pioneer who has captivated audiences for nearly 25 years with her undeniable charm and wit." They add the trophy honors DeGeneres as, "an advocate and philanthropist lending her voice to those who don’t have one, and spreading kindness and joy through the power of her platform."
DeGeneres has hosted her popular daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," for 17 years and announced last year that she extended her contract to host the show through 2022.