2017 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards by Mark Soriano

"Smithsonian magazine, the flagship publication of the Smithsonian Institution, announced the honorees of the sixth annual American Ingenuity Awards, and the launch of the inaugural Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival.

Called “the Golden Globes of Intellect,” the American Ingenuity Awards honor individuals across eight wide-ranging categories: Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, History, Social Progress and Youth.

The ceremony honoring this year’s winners was held Nov. 29 at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The honorees were presented their awards by special guests, including Laurene Powell Jobs, John Legend, David Oyelowo, Quincy Jones, Josh Groban, Branford Marsalis and NASA’s John Mather.

The honorees were featured in Smithsonian magazine’s special December American Ingenuity Awards issue, available on newsstands Nov. 28, and on"


Smithsonian Magazine Editor in Chief, Michael Caruso and Marley Dias

David Oyelowo

Josh Groban

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend