Advertising Hall of Fame

April 27, 2021 | Cipriani Wall Street | New York

Due to the current pandemic and restrictions placed on large social gatherings, the AAF made the difficult decision to reschedule the event to ensure the safety and well-being of all attendees, the honorees, and supporters. This will be the first time in the ceremony’s 70 year history that it will be postponed.  Read the full statement here >>>

The Advertising Hall of Fame celebrates industry legends, who, throughout their trailblazing careers, have distinguished themselves with outstanding, nationally- and globally-recognized professional achievements; remarkable innovations that have changed our industry and our culture; and exceptional philanthropic work both within the advertising industry and in their communities. Since its inception in 1949, over 250 advertising legends and eight iconic global companies have been elected to the Hall. The event is among the advertising industry’s biggest and most prestigious of the year, attended by nearly 1,000 C-suite and senior level executives from the world’s largest brands, advertising agencies, media and tech companies and is the largest fundraiser for the Federation providing a vital source of funding necessary to continue the wide range of educational, multicultural, and advocacy initiatives that are critical to our industry. 


Annie Leibovitz

President’s Award for Special Lifetime Contributions to Advertising

Nina DiSesa


Richard Edelman


Judy McGrath

MTV Networks

Wenda Harris Millard

David Bell Award for Industry Service

J. Melvin Muse

Muse Communications

Andrew Robertson

BBDO Worldwide

Michael I. Roth

The Interpublic Group


Corporate Inductee



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Nina DiSesa, McCann; Richard Edelman, Edelman; Judy McGrath, MTV Networks; Wenda Harris Millard, MediaLink; J. Melvin Muse, Muse Communications; Andrew Robertson, BBDO Worldwide; Michael I. Roth, The Interpublic Group; Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer; IBM elected into the Hall of Fame’s 71st Class

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