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Global pop icon and outspoken animal advocate Ke$ha received one of the Humane Society’s most prestigious awards at the 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. Photo Credit: HSUS Facebook

Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal

Saturday night’s 27th annual Genesis Awards Benefit Gala welcomed a myriad of stars to the Beverly Hilton to  support the live-saving efforts of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and honor the role that news and entertainment media play in standing up for animal rights.

Hosted for the second year in a row by “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba, this year’s top winners included “Big Miracle” for best Feature Film, “The Colbert Report” for bringing attention to dogfighting, “Ivory Wars” for it’s in-depth portrayal of the thriving ivory trade, and many more.

Despite some criticism from the animal rights community, the Humane Society’s International ambassador, Ke$ha, was granted the prestigious Wyler Award for her tireless efforts over the past year in advocating for street dogs, lions, sharks, baby seals, and cruelty-free cosmetics. Past winners include Sir Paul McCartney, Hayden Panettiere, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Kristin Davis, and Ian Somerhalder.

Take a look at the full list of winners:

FEATURE FILM
Big Miracle, Universal Pictures

TV NEWSMAGAZINE
Nightline, “The Ugly Truth Behind High Stepping Horses,” ABC
Rock Center With Brian Williams, “At What Cost?,” “Ken and Rosie,” and  “Last Stand,” NBC

DRAMATIC SERIES
Harry’s Law, “Gorilla My Dreams,” NBC

SID CAESAR COMEDY AWARD
The Colbert Report, Representative Steve King on dogfighting. Comedy Central

TV DOCUMENTARY
Ivory Wars, Discovery Channel

REALITY SERIES
Wild Justice, Nat Geo Channel

NATIONAL NEWS
World News with Diane Sawyer, downer cow video, ABC

MORNING SHOW
CBS This Morning, “Shark Tagging,” CBS

LOCAL TV NEWS
KNBC 4 News, “Bunny Trafficking,” KNBC-4

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, “Animals?  Show Me the Money!,”  Nickelodeon

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL TV
60 Minutes, “Jungle Warfare,” Nine Network Australia

PRINT MAGAZINE
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, “Cheetahs on the Edge” by Roff Smith, “Ivory Worship” by Bryan Christy, “Rhino Wars” by Peter Gwin

COLUMNIST
THE CHATTANOOGAN.COM, Roy Exum, multiple part series on Tennessee walking horse soring

NEWSPAPER SERIES
The Sacramento Beethree-part series on Wildlife Services by Tom Knudson

BRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL PRINT
SOUTH ASIA Magazine (Pakistan) “Animal Welfare in Islam” by Aiman Reyaz and “Law of the Land” by Anees Jillani, with commentary by Syed Rizvi

THE WYLER AWARD
Kesha

THE GENESIS CORPORATE AWARD
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

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