The Clio Awards, one of the advertising industry’s most prominent creative competitions, announced today that it will honor comedian Jerry Seinfeld and the band Blondie as its 2014 Clio Honorary Award recipients.
Seinfeld will take home the general award while Blondie will receive the Music Honorary Award—the first given by the organization’s music branch, Clio Music. Both honors will be presented at the 55th annual Clio Awards ceremony in New York on Oct. 1.
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The Clio Honorary Award is generally given to a figure outside the advertising community whose creativity inspires those within it. Past winners include musician will.i.am, culinary luminary Anthony Bourdain and photographer Annie Leibovitz.
In the statement, Clio nodded to Seinfeld’s “inventive thinking” and “longstanding contributions” to entertainment. It cited the success of his sitcom, Seinfeld, and newer projects such as his Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which have “put him on the map once again.”
Comedians in Cars, said Clio evp Nicole Purcell, “has broken new ground for the website Crackle and shows the power of high-quality artistic content.”
Clio also applauded the endurance of Blondie, which includes singer Debbie Harry: “Blondie’s influence has not only shaped but continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. … Their instincts, attitude and style are just as sharp today, coming off of their 40th anniversary celebration.”
The organization mentioned the band’s recent album, Ghosts of Download, and a forthcoming coffee table book from Rizzoli as examples of the band's thriving presence in the entertainment industry.
“This year’s honorary winners truly embody the creative spirit that Clio strives to represent,” Purcell said. “They’re icons with decades of famed work who continue to inspire.”