The new award was announced at last week's nominations announcement for the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that veteran performer Carol Burnett will receive the first ever Carol Burnett Award, a lifetime achievement award for television similar to the HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award, which honors achievements in film. The award will be given to Burnett during the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
HFPA President, Meher Tatna, stated, "For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh. She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show, 'The Carol Burnett Show.' She was also the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and Kennedy Center Honors. And now we add another first to running list: the first recipient - and namesake - of the new Golden Globe top honor for achievement in television, the Carol Burnett Award."
'The Carol Burnett Show' ran for 11 years, receiving 25 Emmy Awards. The show was celebrated earlier this year for its 50th anniversary, including a dedication of a special artists' entrance in Burnett's honor at the famed CBS Television Studios in Los Angeles.
Burnett's career includes her generous support of the arts and education. Several scholarships have been established in her name throughout the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at UCLA, her alma mater. The Carrie Hamilton Foundation was created in memory of her daughter.
The inaugural Carol Burnett award will be given during the 76th Golden Globes on Sunday, January 6, 2019.