The president of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Sol Daurella; the president and CEO of Puig, Marc Puig; The physicist and professor Ignacio Cirac, the singer Bad Gyal, the painter Lita Cabellut and the CEO of the Copa América Grant Dalton have received the 1st La Vanguardia Awards from the hands of King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and the acting first vice president of the Government , Nadia Calvino. The award ceremony was held this Monday night at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), in Barcelona, in the first edition of the annual awards created by the Godó Group on the occasion of the newspaper’s 140th anniversary in 2021. , but which have not been celebrated until this year – 142nd anniversary – due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Count of Godó and editor-in-chief of ‘La Vanguardia’, Javier Godó, opened the event by thanking the winners and guests for their presence and underlined “the independence, rigor and seriousness” of the newspaper founded by his great-grandfathers Carlos and Bartolomé Godó. . SOL DAURELLA In the ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ category, Daurella has been distinguished “for her social commitment to equality and inclusion”, for her determination in the face of business challenges such as technological development, sustainability and innovation, and for converting a bottling location at a major Coca-Cola partner. In her speech, Daurella pointed out as a “key to success” the entrepreneurial spirit of her family, based on empathy, and her passion for a job well done, according to her. MARC PUIG Regarding Puig, ‘Businessman of the Year’ award, the jury highlighted “his courage, ambition and audacity in making decisions” and his leadership towards the Puig company. Marc Puig has remembered his father, who he has said that he instilled in them the value of enthusiasm: “As long as you have enthusiasm and people have enthusiasm for the project, there is no one who can stop this.” IGNACIO CIRAC Cirac – ‘Innovation’ award – has been recognized for his “pioneering research that has developed a computing system based on quantum mechanics” that will allow the design of faster algorithms with applications in the design of materials and drugs, in processes industrial, communications and the acceleration of artificial intelligence systems, among others. The physicist and professor has stated that he feels “greatly privileged” to receive this award, and has thanked all the people who have accompanied him during his career. LITA CABELLUT, BAD GYAL, GRANT DALTON They have awarded Lita Cabellut in the ‘Culture’ category for her unique creative universe, her personal technique and for being “one of the most sought-after painters in the world”, and the artist, who resides in The Hague (Netherlands), has assured that, despite not being in Spain, his genetic inheritance in his work is undeniable. The ‘International Young Talent’ award went to Bad Gyal “for her transgressive spirit, her charismatic personality and for having become one of the female icons of dancehall and Latin trap music.” In her speech, the singer assured that she does not consider herself a role model or a model, but rather a girl who takes refuge in music, and she recalled the players of the women’s soccer team, whom she does consider role models: “They have fought for things that are still very necessary and I consider that lately they have been queens and have done very well. Grant Dalton has been recognized in ‘Impulso Cities’ as the head of the Sailing America’s Cup, “one of the great sporting events that aims to leave an indelible mark on Barcelona”, and he has highlighted Barcelona’s commitment to the blue economy, its diversity and the predisposition of its people. JOSEP PIQUÉ AND JUAN ANTONIO SAMARANCH The ‘La Vanguardia Awards’ have included two special mentions ‘In Memoriam’ to the former Minister of the Government and former leader of the Catalan PP who died in April of this year, Josep Piqué, and the former president of the International Olympic Committee (CIO ) Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died in 2010. The former director of La Vanguardia and editorial advisor of the Godó Group, Màrius Carol, remembered Piqué as a “brilliant” man who highlighted his seriousness, rigor and reliability, and the Count of Godó and editor of La Vanguardia, Javier Godó, has presented the award to Piqué’s widow, the journalist Gloria Lomana. The former mayor of Barcelona Narcís Serra has referred to Samaranch as “a practical man, who did not waste time and got to the point” and has highlighted his intelligence, diplomacy and discretion, which contributed to Barcelona hosting the Olympic Games in 1992. and his children, Juan Antonio Samaranch and María Teresa Samaranch, have collected the award.