Anna Wintour’s Vogue snagged Magazine of the Year honors at the National Magazine Awards, also known as the “Ellies,” Monday night.
However, in a clear sign of the industry’s transition, digital publications were also scoring key awards and creating a lot of excitement as the American Society of Magazine Editors handed out 18 awards in 24 categories. The digital insurgents have not totally elbowed aside the traditional legacy winners just yet, but the ASME judges are clearly looking to open the door wider.
The biggest Ellie winners were print stalwarts: Adam Moss’ New York magazine and David Remnick’s New Yorker, which tied for the lead with three awards each. The event, held at the Marriott Marquis, was hosted by David Muir, anchor of ABC News’ “World News Tonight.”
The upstarts are clearly leaving their mark in an industry that is in a state of transition. Janice Min, president of Guggenheim Media, was on hand to accept the first-ever award won by The Hollywood Reporter — for general excellence in the special-interest magazine category.
Min pointed out that event was being held the same night as THR’s Oscar nominees party. “Winning this makes me feel much less ridiculous for not being there,” she said.
As Min’s thank-yous dragged on, music began playing to let her know she had reached the end of her allotted time. “Now I’m being played off. This really is the Oscars of magazines,” she quipped.
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