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Julia Louis-Dreyfus smiles wearing a black dress at the 2023 WSJ Innovator Awards

SZA, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Kylie Jenner Honoured at the WSJ Innovator Awards

The Wall Street Journal’s 13th annual Innovator Awards have been held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and this year’s honourees included some powerhouse women!

Kylie Jenner, who has her own Kylie Cosmetics brand and is now venturing into the fashion world with her new clothing line, Khy, received the Brand Innovator Award. Acting legend, Wiser Than Me podcast host and breast cancer survivor Julia Louis-Dreyfus was recognised for her ongoing contributions to the entertainment industry and GRAMMY-winning artist SZA was named Music Innovator of the Year, celebrating her genre-blending sounds.

“I think they might’ve gotten it wrong, to tell you the truth,” Julia joked with media on the red carpet. “I’ve never thought of myself as an innovator but if they want to call me that, I’ll take it!”

 

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Accepting her award on stage, Julia delivered a speech with the help of AI, which, as you can imagine, lead to lots of hilarity. At one point it seems ChatGPT perhaps confused her with fellow Hollywood star Julia Roberts!

“Reflecting on this milestone, I am reminded of the unwavering support of my family and the unyielding dedication of my team that has been the driving force behind my investment strategies and my performances in Erin Brokovich, Forgive Me and Mystic Pizza.”

She ended her speech, “in the end, folks, it’s the humans who do the innovating and the entertaining and to recognise my small contribution to innovation and entertainment is very flattering.”

Kylie, who was presented her award by designer Haider Ackermann, also took to the stage for a brief acceptance speech: “I’ve always loved beauty and fashion and to be recognised for the success of my brands I built and my new Khy that launched today, it’s so special to me.”

Kylie’s partner, actor Timothée Chalamet was also there. He presented the Innovation in Film award to legendary director Martin Scorsese. Other honourees included Walter Hood in the Design category, Ed Ruscha for Art and Jerry Lorenzo for fashion.

Check out some pics from the event below:

 

SZA dressed in a black skirt and top at the WSJ Innovator of the Year Awards

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 01: SZA attends the WSJ. Magazine 2023 Innovator Awards at MoMA on November 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards)

 

Kylie Jenner in a strapless black gown at the WSJ Innovator Awards 2023

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 01: Kylie Jenner attends the WSJ. Magazine 2023 Innovator Awards at MoMA on November 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards)

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus smiles and holds her Innovator Award 2023

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 01: Julia Louis-Dreyfus attends the WSJ. Magazine 2023 Innovator Awards  at MoMA on November 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards)

(Feature Image Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.