Angie Harmon Honored With Caring Is Sexy Award at the Gracies

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Angie Harmon

Iyanla Vanzant, Moll Anderson, Suzanne Malveaux and Wanda Sykes also among those honored at the gala.

Who runs the world? Girls -- or at least that was the case at the 39th Annual Gracie Awards on Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton.  

Hosted by Aisha Tyler of CBS’ The Talk, The Gracies recognizes programing created for women, by women and about women in media and entertainment.

Rizzoli & Isles star Angie Harmon received the Caring Is Sexy Award for her commitment to social causes and charities like the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Children’s Institute Inc. and her work as an ambassador with UNICEF.    

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During her emotional speech she told the audience just how important volunteering can be. “I don’t know how to accept an award for charitable acts. I’m very grateful, but I’ve just felt this is my duty," she said. “When you’ve been successful you give back and I encourage everyone to do it whatever way you can.”

OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant was feted for individual achievement in outstanding host and entertainment information for Iyanla: Fix My Life. She told The Hollywood Reporter that she was really grateful to accept an award from her peers: “Many of the women who have been honored by this organization, I use to watch on television, in the projects, in Brooklyn, so to be here tonight and to be honored is just a wonderful experience.”

Vanzant shared a table with comedian Wanda Sykes, who hosts Herlarious from Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. Sykes was honored with the award for outstanding special or variety and joked about whether or not she would get to keep the award or if Winfrey would be outside waiting to snatch it.

The outstanding anchor award went to CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, who opened up about her mother’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS). She thanked CNN for giving her the platform to tell her mother’s story: “Being alive is not about what you can do but how you love," she said.

Scandal actress Bellamy Young accepted the outstanding drama award on behalf of the ABC political fixer show. “I think we are in an unprecedented time and things are really shifting and tonight its so much fun to get to celebrate all the incredible contributions that women are making," she told THR.

The awards wrapped up with a performance by Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and producer Deniece Williams who sang “Let’s Here it For the Boy.”

Other attendees included Yahoo TV’s Nikki Boyer; Brooke Burke-Charvet; Parenthood’s Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger; Parks & Recreation’s Retta and The Vampire Diaries' Kat Graham.