David Belisle

Genius Awards

Ellen Forney

Grady West

Sarah Bergmann

Lori Goldston

Megan Griffiths

For the 10th year in a row, The Stranger threw a gigantic, glamorous party and gave five artists no-strings-attached grants of $5,000 each, just for being brilliant. For the first time ever, the Geniuses were selected by a voting committee including every previous Genius Award winner. If we can consider Dina Martina a lady—and clearly we must—2012 was the Year of Women in Genius. recommended