For 2017, the National Geographic Awards night culminated their “Celebration of Exploration” week in Washington, D.C., which featured many singular events throughout. Held at the Lisner Auditorium, itself a national landmark at George Washington University, National Geographic awarded the Hubbard Medal (their highest honor) to NEIL deGRASSE TYSON, and BERTRAND PICCARD and ANDRÉ BORSCHBERG, co-founders & pilots of the Solar Impulse – the first around-the-world solar flight – were awarded the prestigious Further Award.
For such a special year for the awards, National Geographic wanted to introduce a live musical element that would distinguish the event from years’ past. For that, and in harmony with the company’s worldwide appeal and respect, Broken Arrow brought in multiple Grammy-award winner INDIA.ARIE to headline and perform the opening and closing numbers. Her exquisite performances gave the year’s greatest global achievements the perfect soundtrack, and elevated the evening into anotherfar-reaching and resplendent Geographic photograph.
Hosting the evening was CBS Sunday Morning mainstay MO ROCCA, and SAM HARRIS of X AMBASSADORS also performed. Presenters included JAMES CAMERON and JASON SILVA.
Congratulations to all, and thank you for taking us Further.
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