WSJ. Magazine Celebrates Sixth Anniversary of the Innovator Awards

NEW YORK, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WSJ. Magazine hosted its sixth annual Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City last night. Seven trailblazing talents, all of whom are featured in the magazine’s November issue, were honored among more than 200 guests for their groundbreaking accomplishments in their respective disciplines.

Selected by WSJ. Magazine editors, the honorees were: Ai Weiwei (Art), Es Devlin (Design), Daniel Humm & Will Guidara (Food), Melinda Gates (Philanthropy), Craig Dykers & Kjetil Trædal Thorsen of Snøhetta (Architecture), Tom Ford (Film), and The Weeknd (Music). Each winner was presented with an award designed by the 2011 Design winner, Joris Laarman.

"The seven Innovators honored last night have set and changed the conversation in each of their respective fields, and WSJ. Magazine is so proud to have brought them all together in one room—and in one issue," said Kristina O’Neill, editor in chief of WSJ. Magazine.

Publisher Anthony Cenname added, “Our highly discerning readers look to WSJ. Magazine for what’s on the cutting edge of innovation and for who is leading the dialogue. As we celebrate six years of Innovators, I could not be more proud of the platform’s impact and influence, and of our sponsors who return year after year.”

WSJ.’s November issue will be on newsstands in the U.S. on November 5 and available internationally on November 6. Features on each Innovator Award recipient are now online at

Cartier, Cadillac, NetJets and Autograph Collection sponsored this year’s event.

Art | Ai Weiwei: In 2011, the controversial artist was detained in Beijing, and his passport was confiscated for four years by the Chinese government. This fall marks his triumphant return to New York City with two impressive new gallery shows. Award presented by Sir Nicholas Serota

Design | Es Devlin: For the past two decades, the set designer has built an award-winning career on the international stage. Working with acclaimed artists across genres, Devlin continually defies the rules. Award presented by Julie Taymor

Food | Daniel Humm & Will Guidara: The duo behind Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad, known for artfully fusing the front and back of the house, expands with two new NoMads and a fast-casual start-up. Award presented by Daniel Boulud

Philanthropy | Melinda Gates: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has long used its $40 billion endowment to tackle critical global challenges. In recent years, thanks to its newfound focus on women and girls, Melinda has become a public face for the foundation and a powerful voice for women worldwide. Award presented by Lauren Bush Lauren

Architecture | Craig Dykers & Kjetil Trædal Thorsen: The partnership has flouted architectural norms to become one of the world’s most sought-after firms. Award presented by Laurie Anderson

Film | Tom Ford: The designer had been at the top of the fashion world for over two decades when he decided to risk it all by launching a career as a film director. Now he’s back with a second film, Nocturnal Animals, that showcases his singular aesthetic. Award presented by Colin Firth

Music | The Weeknd: As a follow-up to the unstoppable Beauty Behind the Madness, the chart-topping (and now cover star) R&B artist takes a creative leap forward with this month’s Starboys. Award presented by Naomi Campbell

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