Variety took home 20 top honors at Friday’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, including the wins for best entertainment website, podcast host for Marc Malkin, best headline and music criticism for Jem Aswad.

The virtual ceremony was hosted by comedian Alonzo Bodden. This year’s Veritas Award for film from the Los Angeles Press Club went to Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Variety was nominated for a record 99 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism awards. Organizers noted that total submissions for the awards topped more than 1,000 for the first time.

Variety‘s wins demonstrated the range of coverage offered by the global entertainment news source over a turbulent year. Variety was recognized for music criticism for deputy music editor Jem Aswad’s “Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Punisher,’ ‘Grammy Salute to Prince’.”

Aswad also won for arts feature under 1,000 words for “What’s Next for Lockdown Live Music?” And Aswad shared a third win with Shirley Halperin, executive editor of music, for business performing arts feature for “Hiding in Plain Sight: Dr. Luke Is Back with Doja Cat’s Smash ‘Say So,’ But Did He Ever Really Go Away?” Halperin nabbed a second trophy for personality profile under 2,500 words for “The Weeknd Manager Sal Slaiby Swears He’ll Be ‘The Greatest Immigrant’ Trump Ever Saw.”

Music writer Chris Willman got the nod for humor writing for his deep dive into the burning musical question, “Justin Bieber’s ‘Yummy’ vs. the Ohio Express’s ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’: Whose Is Yummiest?” Willman also won for soft feature for “The Mom Also Rises: Phoebe Bridgers’ Mother, Jamie Bridgers, Finds Her Own Voice Doing Alternative Comedy.”

International editor Manori Ravindran was recognized in the celebrity news category for “U.K. Government Sidestepping Media Inquiry Around ‘Love Island’ Host Caroline Flack’s Suicide.”

At the last edition of the awards in 2019, Variety won 16 awards including best entertainment publication in print with Rolling Stone for the American (In)Justice Issue and top entertainment website, while Caroline Framke was honored as top television critic.

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