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Barack Obama, Cynthia Erivo, Dave Grohl, Lin-Manuel Miranda Among 2022 Audie Awards Finalists



The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced finalists for the 2022 Audie Awards®, the premier awards program recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Full list of finalists below. Winners will be revealed at the Audie Awards Gala on March 4 from 9:00pm-10:00pm EST/6:00pm-7:00pm PST. Hosted by actor, author, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Kal Penn, the ceremony will be streamed to the public at


Winners across 25 competitive categories will be determined by industry professionals, including special guest judges: Gigi Gorgeous (critically acclaimed author, LGBTQ+ activist, and co-host of the hit podcast Queerified with Gigi Gorgeous and Mimi), Caitlyn Paxson (writer and book reviewer for NPR), and Anthony Allen Ramos (Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards and official Entertainment Correspondent) will judge the Young Adult category; Kristen Arnett (New York Times bestselling author), Gayle Forman (award-winning author and journalist), and Seija Rankin (Senior Books Editor at Entertainment Weekly) will judge the Audiobook of the Year category.


“The Audio Publishers Association is proud to announce this year’s slate of impressive finalists,” said Ana Maria Allessi, President of the APA. “They are a reflection of the continuous growth and popularity of the medium. There’s truly something for everyone. We cannot wait to celebrate all of our finalists and their tremendous work on March 4 with host Kal Penn.”


“I’m overjoyed to be joining my fellow authors and audiobook narrators as the host of this year’s ceremony,” Kal Penn said. “I plan to use my platform to celebrate this year’s most talented finalists and will in no way plug my own hilarious and gripping audiobook, You Can’t Be Serious, which is available for purchase now!”



Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club

Written by Shakina Nayfack

Performed by Shakina Nayfack, Kate Bornstein, Annie Golden, Telly Leung, Jason Tam, Bianca Leigh, Ivory Aquino, Pooya Mohseni, Samy Figaredo, Angelica Ross, Liz Lark Brown, Ita Segev, and Dana Aliya Levinson

Published by Audible Originals


The Coldest Case: A Black Book Audio Drama

Written by James Patterson, Aaron Tracy, and Ryan Silbert

Performed by Aaron Paul, Krysten Ritter, Nathalie Emmanuel, Beau Bridges, and a full cast

Published by Audible Originals


The Fyodor Dostoevsky BBC Radio Drama Collection

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Performed by Roy Marsden, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Paul Rhys, Nicholas Boulton, Paul Hilton, David Suchet, Barnaby Kay, and Lia Williams

Published by BBC Audio/Penguin Random House UK


No-No Boy

Written by Ken Narasaki, from the novel by John Okada

Performed by Greg Watanabe, Kurt Kanazawa, Emily Kuroda, John Miyasaki, Ken Narasaki, Sharon Omi, Joy Osmanski, Sab Shimono, and Paul Yen

Published by L.A. Theatre Works


Sherlock Holmes – The Seamstress of Peckham Rye

Written by Jonathan Barnes

Performed by Nicholas Briggs, Richard Earl, Lucy Briggs-Owen, India Fisher, James Joyce, Anjella MacKintosh, Glen McCready, and Mark Elstob

Published by Big Finish Productions



Project Hail Mary           

Written by Andy Weir

Narrated by Ray Porter

Published by Audible Studios


A Promised Land

Written and narrated by Barack Obama

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


The Storyteller

Written and narrated by Dave Grohl

Published by HarperAudio

The Sweetness of Water

Written by Nathan Harris

Narrated by William DeMeritt

Published by Hachette Audio



Act Like You Got Some Sense

Written and narrated by Jamie Foxx, foreword by Corinne Foxx

Published by Hachette Audio


The Boys

Written by Ron Howard and Clint Howard

Narrated by Ron Howard, Clint Howard, and Bryce Dallas Howard

Published by HarperAudio


Fits and Starts: A Memoir of Living with Epilepsy

Written by Franziska Thomas

Narrated by Tracy Wiles and Franziska Thomas

Published by Almost Tangible


Listen Mama

Written by M.S.P. Williams

Narrated by JD Jackson

Published by Souls Take Flight

Somebody’s Daughter

Written and narrated by Ashley C. Ford

Published by Macmillan Audio



Hillary Huber

Before She Disappeared

Written by Lisa Gardner

Published by Brilliance Publishing


Julia Whelan

The Four Winds

Written by Kristin Hannah

Published by Macmillan Audio


Natalie Naudus

The Morning After

Written by Lisa Jackson

Published by Brilliance Publishing


Deepti Gupta

The Parted Earth

Written by Anjali Enjeti

Published by Novel Audio


Cynthia Erivo

Wild Swan: A Story of Florence Nightingale

Written by Patti Callahan

Published by Audible Originals



Lin-Manuel Miranda

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

Written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


John Lithgow

The Didomenico Fragment

Written by Amor Towles

Published by Audible Originals


Edoardo Ballerini

Legends of the North Cascades

Written by Jonathan Evison

Published by Workman Audio


Robert Bathurst

The Madness of Crowds

Written by Louise Penny

Published by Macmillan Audio


William DeMeritt

The Sweetness of Water

Written by Nathan Harris

Published by Hachette Audio



Badass Habits

Written and narrated by Jen Sincero

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


Carry On

Written by John Lewis with Kabir Sehgal, foreword by Andrew Young

Narrated by Don Cheadle

Published by Hachette Audio


Machiavelli for Women

Written and narrated by Stacey Vanek Smith

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Written and narrated by Emmanuel Acho

Published by Macmillan Audio


What Happened to You?

Written and narrated by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry

Published by Macmillan Audio



25 cuentos populares de Perú para crecer juntos

Tradición popular (popular tradition), edited by José Morán Orti

Narrated by Nuria Mediavilla, Nerea Alfonso, Marcel Navarro, and Xavi Fernández

Published by VOCA Editorial


Desierto Sonoro

Written by Valeria Luiselli

Narrated by Marina De Tavira

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


Gabo y Mercedes: una despedida

Written and narrated by Rodrigo García

Published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial


La casa de Bernarda Alba

Written by Federico García Lorca

Narrated by Gloria Muñoz, Elena González, Rebeca Hernando, Carmen Mayordomo, Marta Poveda, Sol de la Barreda, Beatriz Melgares, Cristina Arias, and Antonio Martínez Asensio

Published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial


Valentine: Amor y furia

Written by Elizabeth Wetmore

Narrated by Gabriela Guraieb and Patricia Loranca Ochoa

Published by HarperAudio



Crazy Faith

Written by Michael Todd

Narrated by Aaron Goodson

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


The Gift of Black Folk     

Written by W.E.B. Du Bois

Narrated by Arnell Powell

Published by Brilliance Publishing


The Happiest Man on Earth

Written by Eddie Jaku

Narrated by Raphael Corkhill

Published by HarperAudio


He Saw That It Was Good

Written by Sho Baraka and Chris Broussard

Narrated by Sho Baraka, Chris Broussard, Tedashii Anderson, and Nasia Danielle

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


Home Sweet Road

Written by Johnnyswim

Narrated by Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano

Published by Penguin Random House Audio



The Jasmine Throne

Written by Tasha Suri

Narrated by Shiromi Arserio

Published by Hachette Audio


Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower

Written by Tamsyn Muir

Narrated by Moira Quirk

Published by Recorded Books


Rhythm of War

Written by Brandon Sanderson

Narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading

Published by Macmillan Audio


The Sandman: Act II

Written by Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs

Narrated by Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy, Emma Corrin, Brian Cox, Kat Dennings, John Lithgow, Bill Nighy, Regé-Jean Page, and a full cast

Published by Audible Originals


The Witch’s Heart

Written by Genevieve Gornichec

Narrated by Jayne Entwistle

Published by Penguin Random House Audio



All the Lonely People

Written by Mike Gayle

Narrated by Ben Onwukwe

Published by Hachette Audio


The Final Revival of Opal & Nev 

Written by Dawnie Walton

Narrated by Janina Edwards, Bahni Turpin, James Langton, André De Shields, Dennis Boutsikaris, Steve West, Gabra Zackman, Robin Miles, and a full cast

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


The Four Winds

Written by Kristin Hannah

Narrated by Julia Whelan

Published by Macmillan Audio


The Lincoln Highway

Written by Amor Towles

Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Marin Ireland, and Dion Graham

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


The Nature of Fragile Things      

Written by Susan Meissner

Narrated by Alana Kerr Collins and Jason Culp Published by Penguin Random House Audio



Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other

Written and narrated by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish (with a foreword written and narrated by Diana Gabaldon)

Published by Hodder & Stoughton


Music Is History

Written and narrated by Ahmir Khalib Thompson and Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) Published by Recorded Books


Somersett: Benjamin Franklin and the Masterminding of American Independence

Written by Phillip Goodrich

Narrated by Robert Petkoff, Joe Morton, Simon Jones, Euan Morton, Nicola Barber, and the author (reading the author’s note and afterword)

Published by Blackstone Publishing and May Wuthrich Productions


The Code Breaker

Written by Walter Isaacson

Narrated by Kathe Mazur with Walter Isaacson

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


A Weekend with Pablo Picasso

Written and performed by Herbert Sigüenza

Published by L.A. Theatre Works



Brackish Waters

Written by Matt Boren

Narrated by Christina Applegate

Published by Audible Originals


A Carnival of Snackery

Written by David Sedaris

Narrated by David Sedaris and Tracey Ullman Published by Hachette Audio


How Y’all Doing?

Written and narrated by Leslie Jordan

Published by HarperAudio


The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit

Written by John V. Petrocelli

Narrated by Larry Herron

Published by Macmillan Audio


The Seven Day Switch

Written by Kelly Harms

Narrated by Arielle DeLisle and Megan Tusing Published by Brilliance Publishing



All Creatures Great and Small

Written by James Herriot

Narrated by Nicholas Ralph

Published by Macmillan Audio



Written by Jennifer Saint

Narrated by Barrie Kreinik

Published by Macmillan Audio


Mary Jane

Written by Jessica Anya Blau

Narrated by Caitlin Kinnunen

Published by HarperAudio



Written by Lauren Groff

Narrated by Adjoa Andoh

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


Moby Dick

Written by Herman Melville

Narrated by Jonathan Epstein

Published by Alison Larkin Presents



Class Act

Written by Jerry Craft

Narrated by Nile Bullock, Jesus Del Orden, Guy Lockard, Marc Thompson, Peyton Lusk, Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Jordan Cobb, A.J. Beckles, Robin Miles, Ron Butler, Miles Harvey, Kim Mai Guest, Kyla Garcia, and Soneela Nankani

Published by HarperAudio


Frankie & Bug

Written by Gayle Forman

Narrated by Stockard Channing

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

Written by Varian Johnson

Narrated by Dion Graham

Published by Scholastic Audio


Stamped (for Kids)

Written by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, adapted by Sonja Cherry-Paul

Narrated by Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson

Published by Hachette Audio


Temple Alley Summer

Written by Sachiko Kashiwaba and Avery Fischer Udagawa (translator)

Narrated by Traci Kato-Kiriyama

Published by Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers



The Anatomy of Desire

Written by L. R. Dorn

Narrated by Santino Fontana, Shelby Young, Marin Ireland, JD Jackson, Dan Bittner, Vikas Adam, Gabra Zackman, Fred Berman, Darrell Dennis, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis, Hillary Huber, Lisa Flanagan, and Sharahn LaRue

Published by HarperAudio



Written by Laurie Woolever

Narrated by Laurie Woolever, Christopher Bourdain, José Andrés, Nigella Lawson, W. Kamau Bell, Adam Epstein, Alex Getmanov, Alex Lowry, Alison Mosshart, Amy Entelis, Ben Selkow, Beth Aretsky, Bonnie McFarlane, Chris Collins, Christiane Amanpour, Daniel Halpern, Dave McMillan, David Choe, David Rosenthal, Diane Schutz, Eileen Opatut, Fred Morin, Helen Cho, Helen Lang, Hilary Snyder, James Graham, Jared Andrukanis, Jason Rezaian, Jeff Allen, Jeff Formosa, Jeff Zucker, Joe Coleman, Joel Rose, John Lurie, Josh Ferrell, Karen Rinaldi, Kimberly Witherspoon, Laurie Barnett, Lenny Mosse, Lizzie Fox, Lolis Elie, Lydia Tenaglia, Maria Bustillos, Matt Goulding, Matt Walsh, Michael Ruhlman, Michael Steed, Mike Ruffino, Morgan Fallon, Mustafa Bhagat, Nari Kye, Natasha Phan, Nathan Thornburgh, Nick Brigden, Panio Gianopoulos, Pat Younge, Patrick Radden Keefe, Patti Jackson, Peter Meehan, Philip Lajaunie, Rennik Soholt, Rob Stone, Robert Vuolo, Robin Standefer, Roy Choi, Sally Freeman, Sam Goldman, Sam Sifton, Sandy Zweig, Shant Petrossian, Steven Tempel, Todd Liebler, Tom Vitale, Web Stone, Whitney Ward, Yeganeh Rezaian, Aspen Miller, Barbara Rosenblat, Billie Fulford-Brown, Cheryl Smith, Dan Bittner, Ewan Chung, Gabra Zackman, George Newbern, Hillary Huber, James Lurie, Jason Culp, Jean Brassard, Joe Knezevich, Oliver Wyman, Rob Shapiro, and Roger Wayne

Published by HarperAudio


Four Hundred Souls

Edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Amir Abdullah, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Kristen Ariza, Dashawn Barnes, Joshua Bennett, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Andre Blake, Torian Brackett, Donte Bonner, Mahogany L. Browne, Ron Butler, Kellie Carter-Jackson, Brianna Collette, Karen Chilton, Sean Crisden, Keith David, Angela Y. Davis, William DeMeritt, Leonard Dozier, Robin Eller, Kevin R. Free, James Fouhey, Alicia Garza, Dion Graham, Danai Gurira, Jerome Harmann-Hardeman, Jamal Henderson, Ethan Herisse, Susan Heyward, Cary Hite, Dominic Hoffman, Sherrilyn Ifill, James Monroe Iglehart, JD Jackson, Zainab Jah, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Sullivan Jones, Peter Francis James, Terrence Kidd, January LaVoy, Adam Lazarre-White, Keylor Leigh, Nicole Lewis, Dennis Logan, Chanté McCormick, Desmond Manny, Jesus Martinez, Heather McGhee, Sheryl Mebane, Robin Miles, Karen Murray, Soneela Nankani, Leon Nixon, Soledad O’Brien, Leslie Odom, Jr., Adenrele Ojo, Genesis Oliver, Prentice Onayemi, Tovah Ott, Morgan Parker, Imani Parks, Lisa Renee Pitts, Imani Jade Powers, Rhett Samuel Price, Bill Quinn, Phylicia Rashad, David Sadzin, Joshua David Scarlett, Heather Alicia Simms, Shayna Small, Patricia Smith, Marisha Tapera, Tashi Thomas, Damian Thompson, TL Thompson, Ella Turenne, Bahni Turpin, Anita Welch, Jade Wheeler, Samira Wiley, Zenzi Williams, Mirron Willis, Andia Winslow, Kai Wright, and with co-editors Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Published by Penguin Random House Audio



Written by Melissa Lenhardt

Narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Bailey Carr, Ella Turenne, Nikki Massoud, Natalie Naudus, Imani Jade Powers, and James Fouhey

Published by Hachette Audio



Written by Varian Johnson

Narrated by Ahnya O’Riordan, Grace Capeless, Mashari Bain, Malcolm Bowen, Antoinette Comer, André Blake, Armand Xavier, and Rufen-Blanchette

Published by Scholastic Audio



The Bucket List

Written by Peter Mohlin and Peter Nystrom

Narrated by Dion Graham

Published by Recorded Books



Written by Stephen King

Narrated by Seth Numrich

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


Murder in Old Bombay

Written by Nev March

Narrated by Vikas Adam

Published by Macmillan Audio


The Man in the Brown Suit

Written by Agatha Christie

Narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir, with John Lee

Published by Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media


The Midnight Man

Written by Caroline Mitchell

Narrated by Emma Gregory and Elliot Fitzpatrick Published by Embla Books



All the Rage: A Partial Memoir in Two Acts and a Prologue

Written and narrated by Brad Fraser

Published by Penguin Random House Canada


Going There

Written and narrated by Katie Couric

Published by Hachette Audio


A Promised Land

Written and narrated by Barack Obama

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


Stories to Tell    

Written and narrated by Richard Marx

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


The Truth About Lies

Written and narrated by Aja Raden

Published by Brilliance Publishing


Vulnerable AF

Written and narrated by Tarriona Ball

Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing




Written and narrated by Sebastian Junger

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


The Joy of Sweat

Written by Sarah Everts

Narrated by Sophie Amoss

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


Last Call

Written by Elon Green

Narrated by David Pittu

Published by Macmillan Audio


The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health with Facts and Feminism

Written and narrated by Dr. Jen Gunter

Published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books


The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

Written by Michael Lewis

Narrated by Adenrele Ojo

Published by Audible Studios


This Is Your Mind on Plants

Written and narrated by Michael Pollan

Published by Penguin Random House Audio



Beatrix Greene

Written by Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons, and Vicky Alvear Shecter

Narrated by Shiromi Arserio and Alister Austin Published by Realm



Written and narrated by Mary Jane Wells

Published by Author’s Republic


The Man She Never Met

Written and narrated by Annie Hulley

Published by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd


No One Goes Alone

Written by Erik Larson

Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt and Erik Larson

Published by Penguin Random House Audio


Sunset Springs

Written by Kacen Callender

Narrated by Qamar Yochanan

Published by Audible Originals



The Charm Offensive

Written by Alison Cochrun

Narrated by Vikas Adam, Graham Halstead, and Cassandra Campbell

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


Mine to Protect

Written by Kennedy L. Mitchell

Narrated by Maxine Mitchell and Teddy Hamilton Published by Blue Nose Audio



Written by Kylie Scott

Narrated by Andi Arndt

Published by Audible Originals


Reel: Hollywood Renaissance, Book 1

Written by Kennedy Ryan

Narrated by Eboni Flowers, Jakobi Diem, Nicole Small, and April Christina

Published by Scribechick Media LLC, Produced by Lyric Audiobooks


The Wrong Heart           

Written and published by Jennifer Hartmann

Narrated by Stefanie Kay and Neill Thorne



Day Zero

Written by C. Robert Cargill

Narrated by Vikas Adam

Published by HarperAudio


Orphan Wars

Written by Scott Moon and J.N. Chaney

Narrated by Luke Daniels

Published by Podium Audio


Pastel Pink (Book 1 of The Zadok Series)

Written and published by Nikki Minty

Narrated by Khristine Hvam, James Patrick Cronin, and Jodie Harris


Project Hail Mary

Written by Andy Weir

Narrated by Ray Porter

Published by Audible Studios


Ready Player Two

Written by Ernest Cline

Narrated by Wil Wheaton

Published by Penguin Random House Audio



The Best American Short Stories 2021

Edited by Jesmyn Ward and Heidi Pitlor

Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Katie Tang, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Emily Ellet, Michael Crouch, Frankie Corzo, Adan Rocha, Priya Ayyar, JD Jackson, Johnathan Davis, Bahni Turpin, Robin Eller, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Katherine Howe, Lisa Flanagan, Alex Mann, Robert Fass, Tre Hall, Graham Halstead, Piper Goodeve, and Sterling Sulieman

Published by HMH Audio (HarperCollins)



Written by Douglas Coupland

Narrated by Douglas Coupland, Anna Faris, Bret Easton Ellis, Michael Stipe, Chuck Klosterman, Jarvis Cocker, Jane Pratt, Will Ferguson, Genki Ferguson, Salvatore Antonio, Katie Ryerson, Andrew Moodie, Lorna Wilson, Victoria Carr, Stephanie Belding, Liz Dunn, Selena Dhillon, Charlotte Shaifer, and Caleb Stull

Published by Penguin Random House Canada



Written by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Dion Graham, Imani Parks, Jordan Cobb, Shayna Small, A.J. Beckles, and Bahni Turpin

Published by HarperAudio


How It Ends: A Novella

Written by Rachel Howzell Hall

Narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Published by Audible Originals


Lyrics for Rock Stars

Written by Heather Matteus Sappenfield

Narrated by Michael Crouch

Published by V Press LC



The Last Thing He Told Me

Written by Laura Dave

Narrated by Rebecca Lowman

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


Local Woman Missing   

Written by Mary Kubica

Narrated by Brittany Pressley, Jennifer Jill Araya, Gary Tiedemann, and Jesse Vilinsky

Published by HarperAudio


Never Far Away

Written by Michael Koryta
Narrated by Robert Petkoff

Published by Hachette Audio


Night She Disappeared

Written by Lisa Jewell

Narrated by Joanne Froggatt

Published by Simon & Schuster Audio


Razorblade Tears

Written by S. A. Cosby

Narrated by Adam Lazarre-White

Published by Macmillan Audio



Be Dazzled

Written by Ryan La Sala

Narrated by Pete Cross

Published by Dreamscape Media


Firekeeper’s Daughter

Written by Angeline Boulley

Narrated by Isabella Star LaBlanc

Published by Macmillan Audio


The Prison Healer

Written by Lynette Noni

Narrated by Jeanette Illidge

Published by HMH Audio (HarperCollins)


The Project

Written by Courtney Summers

Narrated by Therese Plummer and Emily Shaffer Published by Macmillan Audio


A Sitting in St. James

Written by Rita Williams-Garcia

Narrated by Machelle Williams

Published by HarperAudio



Boogie Boogie, Y’all

Written and narrated by C. G. Esperanza

Published by HarperAudio

The Couch Potato

Written by Jory John

Narrated by Kirby Heyborne

Published by HarperAudio


I and I Bob Marley

Written by Tony Medina

Narrated by Jaime Lincoln Smith and Tony Medina

Published by Live Oak Media


Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

Written by Debbie Michiko Florence

Narrated by Allison Hiroto

Published by OrangeSky Audio


Remember to Dream, Ebere

Written and narrated by Cynthia Erivo

Published by Hachette Audio


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Viola Davis receives Women In Motion Award at Cannes Film Festival



Viola Davis receives Women In Motion Award at Cannes Film Festival

In her honor, Kering and the Cannes Film Festival were pleased to welcome Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Lindon, Valeria Golino, Paolo Sorrentino, Audrey Diwan, Lola Quivoron and Raymond Depardon on the occasion of the official dinner of the 8th edition of Women In Motion.

The official dinner of Women In Motion, Kering’s program to highlight the invaluable contribution of women to the 7th art, took place Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Place de la Castre in the heights of Cannes, around a menu conceived by the starred chef of the Gucci Osteria, Karime Lopez.

On this occasion, François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes, presented the eighth Women In Motion Award to American actress and producer Viola Davis, who delivered a powerful speech, in the presence of the members of the Festival Jury. The Young Talent Award was given to Swedish director Ninja Thyberg.

Among the guests were actresses and actors Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Lindon, Rebecca Hall, Letitia Wright, Julie Gayet, Edgar Ramirez, Noomi Rapace, Alba Rohrwacher, Paul Mescal, Benoît Magimel, Rossy de Palma, Clotilde Courau, Elodie Bouchez, Déborah François, Riz Ahmed, Romain Brau, Anthony Sonigo, Pierre Deladonchamps as well as comedian Stéphane de Groodt. The cast of Novembre by Cédric Jimenez, including Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean Dujardin, Anaïs Demoustier, Lyna Khoudri et Sami Outalbali were also present.

Kering and the Festival de Cannes were also pleased to welcome directors Audrey Diwan, Paolo Sorrentino, Mélanie Laurent, Joachim Trier, Valeria Golino, Asghar Farhadi, Maïwenn, Debra Granik, Lola Quivoron, Chie Hayakawa, Monia Chokri, Aïssa Maïga, Costa Gavras, Claudine Nougaret, Jeff Nichols, Audrey Dana and the winner of the 2021 Young Talent Award, Shannon Murphy. Film industry professionals Julius Tennon, Melita Toscan Du Plantier, Jeremy Thomas, Rosalie Varda, Ronald Chammah were also present.

The great French photographer and documentary filmmaker Raymond Depardon, musicians Carla Bruni, Clara Luciani and Benjamin Biolay, models Adriana Lima, Anja Rubik, Eva Herzigova, as well as and influencers Aha & Lolo and Nour Arida also attended this exceptional moment.

Download the visuals of the dinner: HERE

About Women In Motion

Kering’s commitment to women is at the heart of the Group’s priorities and extends, through Women In Motion, to the field of arts and culture, where gender inequalities are still glaring, even though creation is one of the most powerful vectors for change.

In 2015, Kering launched Women In Motion at the Festival de Cannes with the ambition of highlighting women in cinema, both in front of and behind the camera. The program has since expanded in a major way to photography, but also to art, design, choreography and music. Through its Awards, the program recognizes inspirational figures and young female talent, while its Talks provide an opportunity for leading personalities to share their views on the representation of women in their profession.

For the past eight years, Women In Motion has been a platform of choice that contributes to changing mind sets and thinking on the place of women – and the recognition they receive – in the arts and culture.

About Kering

A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Houses in Fashion, Leather Goods, Jewelry: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Houses to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow’s Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination”.

Photos: Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Daniele Venturelli and Boby

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South African Film, ‘Two Hues’ selected for Cannes NEXT



South African filmmaker and actor, Weaam Williams will pitch her up-coming feature film, Two Hues at NEXT, Marche du Film, Festival De Cannes.


The screenplay is funded by the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, and has been selected to participate at Marche du Film with the Swiss tech company,


Two Hues is a high concept, fiction feature film about a woman who suffers from bi-polar disorder and is a silent victim of sexual assault. The title refers to her two opposite moods portrayed via colour, red and blue.


The proof of concept short film, garnered several awards on the 2021 festival circuit, including Best Women Empowerment Film at Berlin Short Film Festival and Best Lead Actress at West Europe International Film Festival.


Williams will pitch the project, as a part of the largo NEXT selection, to an audience of financiers, studio representatives and distributors on the 20th May 2022 at The Main Stage, Riviera – Festival De Canes.


“I feel that the return of film festivals will encourage a return to the cinema, and this is a very exciting prospect after the hard lock-down. I am very happy to participate at Marche du Film this year, and will promote Two Hues and the rest of the Tribal Alchemy catalogue, as well as meet with co-producers interested in working in South Africa,” expresses Williams.


South African producer, Kethiwe Ngcobo, from Fuzebox Entertainment, is a co-producer on this project. She has many years of experience as the Head of Drama at the South African national broadcaster, as well as three feature films under her belt.



“I am privileged to be working with Weaam, her creativity extends to writing, acting and directing. I am very happy to be a part of the project as Weaam is such a committed filmmaker,” says co-producer Kethiwe Ngcobo.


Two Hues feature film script is complete and has generated impressive box office statistics, in proportion to its budget, country of origin and cast. Weaam is set to continue to play the lead for the feature film, however, the director for the project is to be confirmed.

Investment company “i-cubed capital” is the first company to support the production of what is forecasted to be a box-office success. 

“We are pleased and honoured to participate as investors in Two Hues. Our investment in Two Hues highlights our support for local film production, gender equality, anti-racism and anti-violence. I-cubed Consulting believes that the film once completed and screened will have a positive social impact on society,” says Ismail Kajee, Founding Partner at i-Cubed Capital. 


Two Hues is currently in development, and Tribal Alchemy Productions will continue fund-raising for the next 12 months.


The indie short was produced with a shoe-string budget and managed to receive a few accolades and good audience interaction across the world.


“The feature is more ambitious and I am optimistic about the impact it will have on the South African film landscape and tech space, as well as its universal message against gender based violence and exclusion of cultural minorities,” says Williams.


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Grammy-Winning Artist Leon Thomas Reveals New Single & Music Video “X-Rated”



Leon Thomas

Entering what promises to be a massive era, GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Leon Thomas unveils a new single and music video entitled “X-Rated” [feat. Benny The Butcher] today. Listen to it HERE, and watch the music video HERE.


The single marks Leon’s debut music under multiplatinum artist, singer, songwriter, producer Ty Dolla $ign’s newly inked EZMNY Records, a joint label venture with Motown Records. Ty shares his excitement, stating, “Leon’s talent was just a higher level from every other singer or producer that I was hearing, and the fact that he was doing everything himself from playing bass to working Logic and Pro Tools. From the first song I heard, I knew he was one of them ones.”


On Leon’s “X-Rated” track, a glitchy beat holds down the groove beneath warbling loops, building a layered soundscape evocative of nineties hip-hop. His vocals glide over this backdrop as he celebrates female sexual freedom in the verses before a chantable chorus, “X-Rated girl, if these walls could talk.” Meanwhile, Griselda spitter Benny The Butcher pulls up with a fiery feature. The strikingly cinematic visual, which Thomas directed, captures these vibes on-screen and includes a cameo appearance from Ty Dolla $ign.


Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Leon shares, “X-Rated is an ode to my love of “Boom Bap” and early 90’s instrumentals. Benny The Butcher brought authentic bars and helped further the theme of this record.”


A prolific songwriter and producer, Leon’s unique sound and writing wizardry can be found up and down the Billboard charts. He’s contributed to anthems for everyone from Toni Braxton and Babyface –winning a Grammy for his writing credits on the duo’s 2014 joint album Love, Marriage & Divorce—to Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Kehlani, J. Cole, Rick Ross, Ella Mai, and more. As a co-writer and co-producer, he recently powered “Pipe Down,” “Love All” [feat. JAY-Z], and “In the Bible” [feat. Lil Durk & Giveon] from Drake’s global chart-topping Certified Lover Boy album.


Also, a true vocalist and artist in his own right, Leon unveiled his debut EP Genesis in 2018, which garnered tens of millions of streams and earned him critical acclaim. He continues to be a musical force of nature with the release of “X-Rated” and a highly anticipated project due out soon. Be on the lookout for more from Leon!

From writing and producing on #1 albums with chart-breaking artists to starring on hit television series, GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Leon Thomas has become one of the most watched multi-hyphenate talents in the entertainment industry today. He has written and produced with the likes of Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Kehlani, J. Cole, Rick Ross, and more, and won a Grammy for writing credits on Babyface and Toni Braxton’s 2014 joint album Love, Marriage & Divorce. In 2021, Leon found himself contributing his writing and production skills to Drake’s global chart-topping album Certified Lover Boy on “Pipe Down,” “Love All” feat. JAY-Z, and “In the Bible” feat. Lil Durk and Giveon. Born in Brooklyn and raised by his vocalist mother, opera-singing grandfather, and stepfather who played guitar for B.B. King, Thomas’ musical career began early. He appeared as Young Simba on Broadway’s The Lion King at 10 years old and began working with Nickelodeon at 13, voicing The Backyardigans character Tyrone and starring in Victorious for the show’s entire run. In 2018, Leon released his debut EP Genesis to critical acclaim. He continues to expand his artistry and venture into a new era of music under Ty Dolla $ign’s EZMNY Records and Motown Records, with the release of “X-Rated” feat. Benny The Butcher and a full project due out soon.

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Quavo x Takeoff Present New Single & Music Video “Hotel Lobby”




Over the years, Quavo and Takeoff have gone wild once or twice. However, they go wilder than ever on their new single and music video “Hotel Lobby”—available today via Quality Control Music Group/Motown Records.  Quavo and Takeoff reveal a woozy and wobbly banger on a whole different level..


Listen to “Hotel Lobby” HERE and watch the music video for “Hotel Lobby” HERE.


The airy cinematic production and ominous beat set the tone as Quavo and Takeoff trade one intoxicating bar after another. Co-directed by Keemotion and Quavo, the music video serves as an insane homage to the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas directed by Terry Gilliam and co-starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. In the clip, Quavo and Takeoff assume the roles of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo cruising through the desert with a “mobile pharmacy” before pulling up to a Las Vegas hotel and barely passing the doors to check in. All kinds of psychedelic, tripped-out trap madness follows as they deliver the South’s first proper hip-hop homage to the late Hunter S. Thompson. It’s unlike anything either of these two multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated superstars have done either solo or as part of Migos!


It also paves the way for more music to come.


Takeoff recently dropped off “Crypto” with Rich The Kid. It has already amassed over 6.5 million Spotify streams and 4.7 million YouTube views on the music video. Receiving critical acclaim, HYPEBEAST proclaimed, “the new single sees the Migos rapper embrace his love for cryptocurrency and the fortune that it has brought him.”


Meanwhile, Quavo served up the intense “Shooters Inside My Crib.” It posted up 6 million Spotify streams and 6.6 million YouTube views on the music video. Touted among the “Soundsystem 50,” High Snobiety observed, “Quavo skates over the Ayo-B-produced beat effortlessly teasing us about an upcoming project.” REVOLT added, “‘Shooters Inside My Crib’ sees the North Atlanta star harmonizing about past struggles and current successes.” Sports Illustrated summed it up best as “an absolute banger.” Not to mention, he joined NBA2K22 as a playable character and will star in a new action thriller Takeover.

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Stunna 4 Vegas Drops New Album “Rae Rae’s Son”



After releasing a barrage of fiery singles, burgeoning star Stunna 4 Vegas’ (Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment / Interscope Records) unveils his blistering new album Rae Rae’s Son. The 12-track effort is a slam-dunk for Stunna enthusiasts who crave his high-octane energy and robust swagger. Fans who reveled at Stunna’s previous records “BMF,” Ice Wear Vezzo, and “Pay Me To Speak” will love the album’s latest record, “Sad Song,” featuring Spinnabenz. Listen HERE.
To celebrate the release of his new album, Stunna will perform three concerts including performances in Charlotte (May 21), Dallas (May 29) and Billings (June 9). YRB Teez and SSG Splurge will accompany the Billion Dollar Baby star on his trek. Fans can purchase tickets HERE.
Since he joined Billion Dollar Baby and Interscope in 2019, Stunna 4 Vegas has emerged into one of the roster’s most promising talents, with over 816 million streams in the U.S. alone. His frenetic energy and ear for top-tier street anthems launched the run of success that began with his Big 4X mixtape release that cracked the top 50 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Results only improved with the January 2020 release of his debut album, Rich Youngin, which shot into the top 30 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and the top 20 of the Rap Albums list on the heels of hits such as “DO DAT,” featuring DaBaby and Lil Baby and “Up the Smoke” with Offset. His credentials only grew with a heavy touring lineup in 2021, including featured performer slots at Rolling Loud, Made in America, and OVO Fest and headlining his national tour.
Rae Rae’s Son Track List
  1. Rae Rae’s Intro
  2. The One
  3. Pay Me To Speak
  4. BMF ft. Ice Wear Vezzo
  5. Going For Nun
  6. Suspect
  7. Activated
  8. Sticks
  9. Fye ft. YRB Tezz
  10. Skurrt
  11. Sad Song ft. Spinnabenz
Stunna 4 Vegas Rae Rae’s Son eAlbum
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