Veteran US star Carol Burnett will receive the inaugural Golden Globe television special achievement award in January.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has also named its new award the Carol Burnett Award in honour of the five-time Globe winner — the most decorated in the television category.
“For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna.
“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 Humour and Kennedy Center Honours. And now we add another first to her running list: the first recipient – and namesake – of the new Golden Globe top honour for achievement in television, the Carol Burnett Award.
“We are profoundly grateful for her contributions to the entertainment industry and honoured to celebrate her legacy forever at the Golden Globes.”
Burnett is an acclaimed actress across film, television and Broadway, best known for The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 11 years and received 25 Emmy Awards, making it one of the most honoured shows in US television history. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the show.
Burnett already received the life achievement award at the 2016 SAG Awards.