This year’s Peabody Award winners were announced more than a month ago, so there was little suspense as to who would take home the statuettes at Sunday night’s glitzy ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, the Peabodys’ first evening awards show.
“Everybody at this awards show tonight already knows that they’ve won,” host Fred Armisen joked. “Now you know what it feels like to be a producer on Modern Family,” he quipped of the Emmy favorite.
But that didn’t mean the show was without surprises. Unexpected guests Tina Fey, Cecily Strongand Charlie Rose showed up to present Peabodys to Inside Amy Schumer, Serial and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, respectively.
In addition to those winners, 37 other programs took home Peabody Awards this year, the 74th time the honors have been handed out.
Bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and TV stations, networks, webcasters, podcasters, producing organizations and individuals.
Armisen presented most of the awards, introducing the recipient with a few words about the program and why it was worth recognition, so it was a bit of a twist when he introduced Fey to talk about the impact Schumer has had.