Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal ’s 14th annual Unforgettable Gala took place on December 12, 2015, with television personality Jeannie Mai of The Real as host of the event.
A celebrity-studded affair, the Unforgettable Gala is one of the premiere entertainment events of the year in the Asian American community. This year’s ceremony celebrated a long lineup of stars, including Randall Park of “Fresh off the Boat” who received the “Mark of Respect” award by Royal Salute, Chloe Bennett of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” who was awarded “Actress of the Year”, Steven Yeun of “The Walking Dead” who was awarded “Actor of the Year”, Constance Wu of “Fresh off the Boat” who was awarded “Female Breakout Star”, Eugene Lee Yang of BuzzFeed who was awarded “Male Breakout Star”, and famed journalist Lisa Ling was awarded with the “Journalistm Achievement Award”.
Award presenters included Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken“) , Kelly Hu (“X2“, “Scorpian King“), Justin Chon (“Twilight“), Dante Basco (“Hook“, “Avatar: The Last Airbender“) , Hettienne Park (“Hannibal“), Diana Bang (“The Dictator“), Jack Yang (“Seven Pounds“), Leonardo Nam (“Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift“), Lynn Chen (“Saving Face“), Yoshi Sudarso (“The Maze Runner“), comedian Jenny Yang and renowned classical pianist and composer Chloe Flower.
This year’s Gala promised to be a night of excitement with entertainment from a diverse lineup of top artists such as legendary rock artist Yoon Do Hyun, award-winning beat boxer KRNFX, rap and singing duo MC Jin & Tim Be Told and the beautiful and talented Electric Strings Quartet . Held for the first time at the prestigious Beverly Hilton Hotel, home of the Golden Globes, this black-tie event is the only awards show that celebrates Asian American entertainers who have made a mark in mainstream media.
“We’re taking the Unforgettable Gala to a new level this year and hope to make a greater impact in mainstream media. There are so many new ethnic-centric shows that are making their marks as of late. It is exciting to see what were once stereotyped characters cross over to broader markets and fill roles that may never have been possible years ago,” exclaimed James Ryu, publisher and founder of Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal.