SJ. Magazine hosted its 11th annual Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art in New York City last night. The annual awards gala returned to a star-studded in-person format, while simultaneously premiering an all-access virtual presentation, allowing everyone to watch the honorees being recognized for impactful achievements made in their respective fields. WSJ innovator awards 2021.
Selected by WSJ. Magazine editors, the eight pioneering talents, each of whom is featured on a cover of the magazine’s highly anticipated November Issue, include: Colson Whitehead (Literature), Kim Jones (Fashion), Kim Kardashian West (Brand), Lewis Hamilton (Sports), Lil Nas X (Music), Maya Lin (Art), Ryan Reynolds (Entertainment & Entrepreneurship), and Sesame Street (Public Service). WSJ. Magazine’s November issue will be available in the U.S. on Saturday, November 13.
Presenting sponsors of this year’s program were Samsung, Harry Winston, and Rémy Martin, along with participating sponsor Foxtrot.
Here are the 2021 WSJ. Innovator Awards honorees…
Literature / Colson Whitehead
After The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, weighty reckonings with America’s past that both won Pulitzers, the author returned with a stylish heist novel set in Harlem—and further proof of his restless need for reinvention.
Fashion / Kim Jones
Kim Jones’s talent for unexpected collaborations—from the hottest sneaker to haute couture—spans the fashion industry. His latest feat is partnering Fendi with Skims by Kim Kardashian West.
Brand / Kim Kardashian West
After 15 years in the public eye, Kardashian West is becoming a major force in business. She’s built her shapewear company, Skims, into a global brand valued at over $1 billion—and her ambitions don’t stop there.
Sports / Lewis Hamilton
On his way to becoming the most dominant Formula 1 champion ever, Lewis Hamilton overcame more obstacles—and took curves harder—than any other driver on the circuit. Now he wants to make the sport more accessible for everyone.
Music / Lil Nas X
The 22-year-old’s single “Old Town Road” was a huge debut, and now he’s one of the most-streamed artists in the world. With his first album, Montero, he’s blowing up the charts—along with the old rules for success.
Art / Maya Lin
Whether transplanting forests of dying trees or moving mounds of earth, the artist is pushing into new terrain 40 years after she burst onto the scene with her Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Entertainment & Entrepreneurship / Ryan Reynolds
With a range of film and TV projects on the way, as well as business and marketing initiatives in the works via his company Maximum Effort, the actor and entrepreneur is advancing storytelling in the film industry and beyond. WSJ innovator awards 2021.
Public Service / Sesame Street
It’s been over 50 years since Sesame Street changed the face of children’s television forever. Embracing new platforms, the show is unplugging itself in an effort to revolutionize education on a global scale.
WATCH: The WSJ. Innovator Awards 2021 full event…
Honorees fashion credit: Colson Whitehead in Stephen F suit, Kim Kardashian West in FENDI by Kim Jones, Lewis Hamilton in AMI Paris suit, Kim Jones, Lil Nas X in clothes and bag by Thom Browne; shoes by Rick Owens; jewelry by Alligator Jesus, Maya Lin in Oscar de la Renta, Ryan Reynolds in Dolce and Gabbana, Sherrie Westin in Karl Lagerfeld
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