On Saturday night, Tyler Perry hosted the most glamorous event in Atlanta, Georgia, the long-awaited grand opening gala for his 330-acre namesake studio. The event was attended by a slew of stars, including groundbreaking black artists who were given a special tribute by Perry that night, including Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Sidney Poitier, Whoopi Goldberg, Cicely Tyson, and Harry Belafonte, according to Variety. Perry also unveiled the names of each soundstage, named after legends like the late Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Della Reese, John Singleton, and Diahann Carroll, who died Friday, one day before the ceremony. The soundstages were christened by a representative breaking a bottle of Champagne against the wall, per the [Hollywood Reporter.]
The event was attended by a roster of A-listers, including Winfrey, Washington, and Berry, as well as Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ava DuVernay, and political heavyweights like Rep. John Lewis, Stacey Abrams, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were also in attendance, with the Lemonade singer sharing a heartfelt message to Perry on Instagram on Sunday, noting that she “could not stop crying” at the celebratory event.