AY About You has some exciting news to report. James Corden, the actor and TV personality, is going to emcee our event announcing the winners of AY’s Best of 2020. 


Corden is best known for his role as the host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, his popular Carpool Karaoke video series and as an actor in Trolls, Cats and Peter Rabbit


This year’s AY’s Best Of listing has been different than previous years, as we have navigated the waters of the current pandemic cautiously. Usually, after tallying the final votes from our readers, we announce the winners in the May issue of our magazine. But in 2020, we pushed back and staggered our approach — announcing the top 3 finalists in the July issue of the magazine so that we could tentatively plan for an awards gala in August to announce and celebrate the winners. 


But given the recent trajectory of new cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, we have decided to make the awards ceremony a virtual-only event as we continue to uphold the best practices for Arkansas’ public health. 


The virtual, awards-show-style event announcing the winners of AY’s Best Of 2020 will be held on August 27 at 6 p.m. CST, hosted by Corden. Exclusive invitations to the online event will be sent out two weeks prior, and will include a sign-in link and password for attendees. 


Thank you for your patience and understanding. We can’t wait to share with you the winners, and hope to have the opportunity to enjoy an in-person awards ceremony next year. 


James Corden photo courtesy of CBS Entertainment. 


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