On Saturday night, Tyler Perryhosted 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.
Happy Sunday. Congratulations to Tyler Perry on the opening of his studios,” she wrote. “I could feel our ancestors’ presence. Surrounded by my heroes, I watched Denzel, Queen Oprah, Spike, Whoopi, Sir Poitier, Will, Halle, Dame Cicely and our angels John Singleton and Diahann Carroll honored. The Armand de Brignac crashed against each soundstage as fireworks lit up the sky. Generations of blood, sweat and tears, success, excellence and brilliance. It makes me so proud, so full, I could not stop crying. Thank you my Virgo brother for so much love and passion put into every detail. My prayer today is that you will take it all in. You inspire me to dream even bigger.
In a moving speech at the BET Awards in June, Perry revealed the historic significance of his studio’s lot, noting it was once a Confederate Army base.