By Adam Bookbinder

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA has chosen singer/actress Queen Latifah to receive their prestigious Prince Rainier III Award for her dedication to charity and the arts.

The honor will take place at the 2016 Princes Grace Awards Gala in New York on October 24, hosted by supermodel Naomi Campbell.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the award is given to “a renowned leader in the arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community.”  Recipients of the award receive a $25,000 grand to give to their favorite philanthropic organization and a sculpture uniquely designed by artist Alex Soldier.

Toby Boshak, executive director of Princess Grace Foundation-USA 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, the pursue their crafts, as did Princess Grace, with fervor, breaking barriers and redefining stereotypes.”

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco added, “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 different in the lives of so many.”

Throughout the years The Princess Grace Foundation, which was founded by Prince Rainier III 32 years ago to honor his wife Grace Kelly, has supported up and coming artists towards reaching their goals and dreams in theater, dance and film.  To date, more than $13 million has helped about 800 people towards the dreams in the arts.

A few previous recipients of the Prince Rainier III Award include Julie Andrews, Glenn Close, George Lucas, Cicely Tyson, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Dick Van Dyke.


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