The 2011 Matrix Awards were held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Monday, and it was a chance to see the top women in media honor the achievements of each other.
The Matrix Awards take a broad look at the media industry, and recipients include women in television, advertising, public relations, and technology. “I didn’t even know I was in the media until today!” said Broadway actress and Matrix award recipient Idina Menzel.
The lifetime achievement award was given, deservedly, to Betty White, who spoke via satellite from Los Angeles. “It’s wonderful to be a role model at 89… it’s wonderful to be anything at 89,” said White with characteristic good humor.
Her advice to other women: keep doing what you are passionate about, said White, “long after people assume you’re dead.”
Of course, a media awards presentation wouldn’t be the same without the ubiquitous Arianna Huffington, who gave a heartfelt introduction for Matrix Award winner and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. “Sheryl is like my little sister,” said Huffington. “Mark Zuckerberg has made some smart moves, none so much as hiring Sandberg.”
A highlight of the awards show was Rosie O’Donnell’s presentation of an award to PMK*BNC Chairman and CEO Cindi Berger. “I am wearing a bejewelled tunic,” began O’Donnell. “This has never happened before.”
O’Donnell concluded her presentation by saying about Berger, “Without her, I wouldn’t be around. I would be on a macadamia nut farm with Roseanne Barr.” A video of O’Donnell’s hilarious speech is at PRNewser.
The winners and presenters (minus Betty White):
Another highlight? John Legend performed!