The 2021 Bill of Rights Awards honored celebrities, activists, and leaders speaking truth to power. In an age of disinformation, this year’s honorees have upheld facts and called attention to uncomfortable truths about our country. They have reminded us of the critical role that truth plays in our democracy and challenged us to continue fighting misinformation, even when it is inconvenient or unpopular.
Click an image quote below to hear from the honorees and see performances from special guests.
Joan Baez, Marlee Matlin, and Sir Elton John presented the Bill of Rights Award to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who became a towering voice of reason during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amy Landecker and Bradley Whitford, Nina Tassler, and Senator Elizabeth Warren paid tribute to Ady Barkan for his tireless advocacy for universal healthcare.
America Ferrera presented the Bill of Rights Award to Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and artist, who invites us to join the call for abolition and lead with love.
Alexander Chee, Andrew Sean Greer, Bowen Yang read from Cathy Park Hong’s book Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. Claudia Rankine presents to Cathy Park Hong, who calls for inclusion and spaces for communities that have been systematically excluded.
STARZ #TakeTheLead initiative was honored for leading the industry in showing what is possible when networks and talent work together for greater media representation. Watch STARZ President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch in conversation with Monica Raymund.
The 2021 Bill of Rights Awards also featured appearances from special guests Judd Apatow, Jason George, Isabella Gomez, Todd Grinnell, H.E.R., Amy Hill, Norman Lear, John Legend, Alyssa Milano, Jaclyn Moore, Rita Moreno, and Diane Warren.