Queen Latifah, Leslie Odom Jr. Honored at Princess Grace Awards Gala

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Naomi Campbell hosted the New York City event, which included a dance number performed by Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck.

Queen Latifah and Leslie Odom Jr. were honored at the Princess Grace Awards gala in New York City on Monday night.

"I got into the business during the lean years and the times when the business is toughest, and you have to figure out why you're in this and what you're doing it for: fame or money, and I got in it for connection,” the Hamilton Tony winner, who was also a 2002 award recipient, told The Hollywood Reporter. On the eve of his Los Angeles relocation with his expectant wife, The Affair’s Nicolette Robinson, he told the Cipriani Broadway ballroom, “I can't help but feel I'm at the start of Act II in my life.… God only knows what I'm gonna do, but I'm gonna spend the next 15 years trying to make you proud.”

Naomi Campbell hosted the event, which also honored Camille A. Brown, presented Princess Grace Awards to 21 emerging artists and included a dance number performed by Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck. Applauding Latifah, her fellow actress in Lee Daniels’ upcoming series Star, Campbell told THR, "She's the most versatile artist: producer, actor, singer, rapper, and she's got the biggest heart. I absolutely love her."

Latifah (in Christian Siriano) was honored at the top of the night, presented by Christian Dior Couture. She thanked her mother, a high school art teacher: “I watched her develop their self-esteem, experience and their zest for life. Just the idea that if they dream big they can go for it was something they learned in her art class.” She also thanked the evening’s generous donors: “That coin tonight — good job!"