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Rainey Qualley was introduced as the 2012 honoree at a news conference Thursday at Cecconi’s restaurant in West Hollywood, the Associated Press reports. She’s the daughter of Golden Globe-nominated actress Andie MacDowell.

Miss Golden Globe is traditionally the child of a celebrity who is invited to assist during the awards ceremony. Previous honorees include Rumer Willis, Laura Dern, Melanie Griffith and Joely Fisher.

The 21-year-old Miss Qualley is an aspiring actress and musician.

The announcement was to be followed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s starry Night of Firsts party, held to celebrate the start of Hollywood’s awards season.

Nominations for the 69th Golden Globe Awards will be announced next week. The ceremony is slated for Jan. 15.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.