Queen Latifah to Be Honored at 2016 Princess Grace Awards Gala (Exclusive)
Naomi Campbell will host the awards gala Oct. 24 in New York.
Queen Latifah has been tapped to receive the Prince Rainier III Award for her charitable efforts and dedication to the arts at the 2016 Princess Grace Awards Gala.
Fashion for Relief founder and supermodel Naomi Campbell is set to host the event Oct. 24 at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York; the evening will include a special performance by New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck (past Princess Grace Award winner) and Robert Fairchild.
The Prince Rainier III Award, which recognizes "a renowned leader in the arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community," includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organization of the recipient's choice and a uniquely designed sculpture by artist Alex Soldier. Previous recipients include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Glenn Close, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Twyla Tharp, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Cicely Tyson, Dick Van Dyke and Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco said of Latifah: "She has demonstrated a devotion to helping others throughout her illustrious career as an award-winning actress, musician and producer. Her deep commitment to AIDS and cancer research and to programs that help the hungry, youth, women and LGBTQ community have made a difference in the lives of so many."
Added HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, who is serving as co-chair of the gala alongside Lisa Plepler, Katia and Sidney Toledano, Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel: "Queen Latifah is a rare talent. Her celebrated career began as a hip-hop artist, and she has become one of the most dynamic and diverse artists of our time.... Personally, her passion for giving back rivals the passion she exhibits on the big and small screens."
Princess Grace Foundation-USA executive director Toby Boshak said: "To honor the outstanding artistry and give-back of Queen Latifah in an evening hosted by Naomi Campbell celebrates the arts on so many levels. Together, they represent the multifaceted artistry that pervades our culture. Individually, they pursue their crafts, as did Princess Grace, with fervor, breaking barriers and redefining stereotypes."
Also at the gala, choreographer Camille A. Brown and actor Leslie Odom Jr. will be honored with Princess Grace awards for "their continuing excellence in their chosen disciplines"; both are past recipients.
Founded 32 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor the legacy of his wife, Grace Kelly, the Princess Grace Foundation has worked to identify and assist emerging talent in theater, dance and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. The foundation has given out more than $13 million to more than 800 recipients since it was established.
In total, it is awarding more than $1 million to artists in theater, dance and film at this year's gala.