Ellen DeGeneres to receive Carol Burnett Award at Golden Globe Awards

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will be honored at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in January, where she will receive the Carol Burnett Award.

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According to Entertainment Tonight, the Carol Burnett Award marks the highest level of achievement in television. Chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association board of directors, the Carol Burnett Award is presented annually to a honoree who has made outstanding contributions to the television medium on or off the screen, according to a HFPA news release.

Lorenzo Soria, president of the HFPA said in a news release: "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is delighted to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award. From her sitcoms to stand-up, to becoming a household staple on daytime television, she is a pioneer who has captivated audiences for nearly 25 years with her undeniable charm and wit. In addition to her television success, she's an advocate and philanthropist, lending her voice to those who don't have one and spreading kindness and joy through the power of her platform. We look forward to celebrating her achievements at this year's ceremony."

DeGeneres will be the second recipient of the award. The first recipient was Burnett herself at last year's Golden Globes.

This will be DeGeneres' fourth Golden Globe Awards, Entertainment Tonight reported.

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