Tina Fey, Sheryl Crow among Matrix winners
Presenters at N.Y. Women's event included Winfrey, CouricNEW YORK -- Honorees such as Tina Fey, Sheryl Crow and Gayle King along with presenters like Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Maria Bartiromo, Mariska Hargitay and Seth Meyers came together Monday at the 40th annual Matrix Awards, organized by New York Women in Communications.
The ceremony at the jam-packed Waldorf Astoria Hotel, sponsored by NBC Universal, was emceed by "NBC Nightly News" anchor and managing editor Brian Williams.
"There is an elephant in the room," Williams quipped in his opening monologue. "I don't know why a man is hosting this luncheon." He then added someone had suggested he should blame the volcano in Iceland, which also kept New York Women in Communications president Denise Warren from getting back to New York for the luncheon.
He also earned laughs when he welcomed NBC Universal chairman and CEO Jeff Zucker as a "veteran non-woman."
Katie Couric, who was among the presenters, later had a well-received quip for Williams, too. After mentioning that the luncheon audience included various network queens, she added: "And no, Brian, I'm not talking about you."
In introducing King, Winfrey highlighted how the two met in a Baltimore newsroom and how King was the only one to tell her: "Yes, you can be Phil Donahue."
While King is generally known as her BFF, Winfrey said she sees her as an "MSF," because "she is for me a mother, a sister and a friend."
Wrapping up Monday's festivities, Fey got recognized by "SNL" head writer and former "SNL" partner Meyers, who quipped that at the Matrix Awards luncheon, he was reminded of how he got lost in the women's department of Bloomingdale's as a kid. He also earned loud laughs calling Williams his opening act.
Meyers lauded Fey for having ushered in a golden age of women at "Saturday Night Live" and for having "the same career that Sarah Palin wishes she had." He also mentioned that Fey is known as a thinking man's sex symbol, even though enough idiots want to spend time with her, too.
"Do not try to get a job from me today," she also quipped. "But you can give your resume to Seth."
Fey had the crowd in stitches until saying thanks to and paying tribute to the women who helped pave the way for her and today's other successful women in show business.
The complete list of Matrix honorees and presenters includes:
• Susan Chira, foreign editor, New York Times -- presented by Jill Abramson, managing editor, New York Times
• Sheryl Crow -- presented by Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU")
• Tina Fey -- presented by Seth Meyers
• Ina Garten, author and host of the Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa" -- presented by Anna Quindlen, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
• Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian -- presented by Lesley Stahl, ("60 Minutes")
• Anne Keating, senior vp, public relations, special events & corporate philanthropy, Bloomingdale's -- presented by Katie Couric
• Gayle King, editor-at-large, "O," and host of "The Gayle King Show" on Sirius XM -- presented by Oprah Winfrey
• Marissa Mayer, vp, search products & user experience, Google -- presented by Maria Bartiromo