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2021 AUDIE AWARDS®
Congratulations To 2021 Audie Award® Finalists;
Attend Virtual Audies Gala on March 22 - FREE!
February 23, 2021

(VOXtra) - Finalists in 25 competitive categories for the 2021 Audie Awards®, including the Audiobook of the Year and the Audie Award® for Young Adult, were announced today by the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

The Audie Awards are recognized
as the most prestigious award in audiobook and spoken word entertainment, and this year's finalists were selected from over 1500 submissions - the largest number of works ever submitted for the Audies, notes the APA.

Winners will be announced at the Audie Awards® Gala on March 22 - which you can attend for free, from your home. For the first time, the exciting event is being held virtually and will stream live to the public via www.audiopub.org/audies-gala. It will also be live streamed from the APA's YouTube channel, starting at 9 pm EST.

Of course, this year's Gala is BYOB and hors d'oeuvres, but the APA will continue the Red Carpet tradition virtually, streaming at 8:30 pm EST.

"It's an exciting endeavor to present the Audies fully virtually," says APA Executive Director Michele Cobb. "Though we will miss seeing people in person, we love that anyone and everyone can come to the virtual ceremony and share the same experience.

"What's most important is that we celebrate the industry excellence together."


And for sound clips of the Finalists, visit AudioFile Magazine:: www.audiofilemagazine.com/audies

GALA CELEBRITY HOST AND JUDGES

Award-winning actor, stand-up comedian, producer, writer, and audiobook narrator John Leguizamo (pictured) will host the Gala.

We'll also virtually meet celebrity author judges Jennifer Egan, Tommy Orange and David Sedaris for Audiobook of the Year. Also participating are Jerry Craft, V.E. Schwab and Melissa de la Cruz - judges for the Young Adult Audie Award.

And this year marks the return of the Audie Award for Spanish Language, which was last awarded in 2010.

According to the APA, audiobook listening continues to surge, with eight years in a row of double-digit revenue growth and more titles produced in 2020 than ever before.

"We are thrilled to honor a prodigious array of audiobook talent," says APA President Ana Maria Allessi. "Gathering virtually allows us to celebrate with audiobook creators and fans from around the world. This year's Audies will be a night to remember."

Audie Awards Competition Chair Mary Burkey adds:

"With more Audie Awards submissions and more listening hours than ever - and the scope and richness of the audiobook experience at an all-time high - we commend our wonderful group of judges, which this year included an inaugural team evaluating Spanish-language titles. Everyone did an outstanding job."

For more about the APA's programs and how to join, visit: www.AudioPub.org.


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Comments (1)
David Brower
2/23/2021 at 4:08 PM
Wouldn't it be amazing to have a "Celebrity" and a "Non-Celebrity" category?

So many absolutely amazing talent out there who basically have no chance to be recognized for their amazing gifts.

Maybe that is already an option and I've just missed it. I would love to be embarrassed by asking such a foolish question.
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