New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
The Princess Grace
Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is proud to announce that award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer Queen
Latifah will accept the prestigious Prince
Rainier III Award for her outstanding contribution to the Arts and her exemplary give-back. Ms. Latifah will be honored at the Princess Grace
Awards Gala in New York on October 24 at Cipriani 25 Broadway. The evening will be hosted by supermodel, actress, and activist, Naomi Campbell, with a special performance by New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck (past Princess Grace
Award winner) and Robert Fairchild.
The 2016 Princess Grace
Awards Gala will continue the legacy of Princess Grace
(Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film. In the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince
and The Princess of Monaco, the evening is co-chaired by Lisa and Richard Plepler, Katia and Sidney
Toledano, and Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel. Major Gala supporters include: Christian Dior Couture as Presenting Sponsor and Lady Tina Green and Mrs. Lily Safra as Crown Sponsors.
Rainier III Award recognizes a renowned leader in the Arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community. Past recipients of the Award include: Julie
Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Glenn
Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Twyla Tharp, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Cicely Tyson, Dick Van Dyke, and Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford. The Prince
Rainier III Award includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organization of the recipient's choice and a uniquely designed sculpture by artist Alex Soldier.
Albert II of Monaco said, "We are privileged to present this year's Prince
Rainier lll Award to Queen
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."
Gala Co-chair Richard Plepler (HBO) shared: "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. Professionally, Queen
has delighted audiences with gritty roles from Matron "Mama" Morton
in Chicago, which earned her an Academy Award nomination to her 2015 critically acclaimed role as Jazz singer, Bessie Smith, in HBO's "Bessie," garnering her an Emmy nomination. Personally, her passion for giving back rivals the passion she exhibits on the big and small screens. We are so proud to call Queen
Latifah our friend and honor her with the Prince
Rainier lll Award."
PGF-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 multi-faceted artistry that pervades our culture. Individually, they pursue their crafts, as did Princess Grace, with fervor, breaking barriers and redefining stereotypes. We are truly proud that they are taking part in this year's Princess Grace
In addition to Queen
Rainier lll honor, past Princess Grace
Award winners, choreographer, Camille A. Brown and actor Leslie
Odom Jr. will receive 2016 Princess Grace
Statue Awards for their continuing excellence in their chosen disciplines.