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Celebs Shower Tyler Perry With Love After His Studios’ Historic Grand Opening Weekend

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Tyler Perry Studios held its grand opening over the weekend and celebs are showering him with love and praise for the big feat. Peep their reactions inside…


Tyler Perry unveiled his state-of-the-art Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, which sit on 330-acres, inviting a slew of YBF celebs to share in the celebration over the weekend. And it’s a major deal. Tyler Perry Studios is considered one of the largest production studios in the country with 12 soundstages, 40 buildings on-site that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and more than 200 acres of green space.

Not to mention, he’s the first African-American to own a studio without the backing of corporations or partners. Yeah, he did that. He’s providing a seat at the table like no other.



A slew of A-listers were in the mix to celebrate Tyler’s huge accomplishment, including EGOT Whoopi Goldberg (who was honored during the gala), Spike Lee, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Cecily Tyson, Halle Berry, Debbie Allen, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Usher, Ava DuVernay and TONS more.

Following the epic night, Tyler tried to express his emotions in a tweet:



He dedicated one of his soundstages to legendary actress Diahann Carroll, who passed away last Friday following a long bout with cancer. Tyler hopped on Instagram to pay tribute to the “Julia” actress, sharing how he had previously planned to pay tribute to the iconic actress before her passing.

”In less than 24 hours I was scheduled to dedicate a sound stage at my new studio to Diahann Carroll,” he wrote. “As I sat reviewing her video tribute, I got a request to call her daughter when she told me of her Mother’s passing. I did what I could to try and comfort her in this difficult time, but I know no words could soothe, however I prayed that it would."

He said Stage 5 in Tyler Perry Studios will forever hold the legacy Diahann Carroll left behind.



EGOT Whoopi Goldberg was honored with a soundstage named after her:



And so did Hollywood titan Will Smith, who was accompanied by his wife Jada Pinkett Smith:


Before wrapping up the monumental weekend, Tyler held CHURCH outside on his studio lawn. His girlfriend Gelila Bekele and their 4-year-old son Aman were also in the mix.



Get into the gospel feels by SEEit Choir, led by Greg Kirkland Jr., below:


Bishop T. D. Jakes also delivered a word during the Sunday service. Several celebs were in attendance for the Sunday gospel service/brunch, including Oprah, former president Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, Jennifer Hudson, Bevy Smith, Tina Knowles Lawson, Nicole Ari Parker, Jenifer Lewis, Vanessa Williams, April Ryan, Anita Baker, Michelle Williams, Stacey Abrams, Kirk Franklin and tons more.

Peep flicks of celebs in attendance at Tyler's Sunday Brunch and their tributes below:



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Today’s sermon by @bishopjakes was titled A FRESH START. I truly believe he ignited the room this afternoon as we all celebrated @tylerperry and the opening of @tylerperrystudios! I am thankful for a fresh start! The past is OVER!! @tylerperry I am forever changed. I was sitting on the trolley as we were touring the grounds saying “wow, I’m here to witness this.” @tylerperrystudios sits on 330 acres, a former confederate army base. He bought it y’all!! Soundstages dedicated to #CicelyTyson, @whoopigoldberg, @willsmith, @officialspikelee, @oprah, @halleberry, @johnsingleton, @diahann_carroll, Ruby Dee and Ozzie Davis and #DenzelWashington. ——————————— Deets: Wearing @don_morphy Hat: @goorinbros Styled by @stylistjbolin Assisted by @_mekstyles_

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I wish I could post pictures from inside this spectacular studio, but we’ve been asked to refrain. I got to experience the dedication ceremonies with my sister @teraduvernay and it was beyond. A black man owns a studio lot larger and more modern than any studio lot in Hollywood. Fun Fact: The studio lots of Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox and Sony could fit inside Tyler Perry’s studio lot at the same time - and there would still be 60 acres to spare. Jaw dropping. And all on a former Confederate Army base. Our ancestors rejoice. Twelve soundstages. A 200,000 square foot office complex. A whole neighborhood of historic homes and facades for film shooting. Perfectly manicured hedges all around. And beautiful black people working at all levels. A stunning achievement that will echo through the generations. Words can’t express the pride. And the joy. Bravo, @tylerperry. Stunning to witness. History made.

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“You are so priceless to me & loving you has made me see with your love I can do most anything” - Priceless by the incomparable #AnitaBaker yes, I recited those lines to her & yes, I know I should have been embarrassed to do so but Miss.Baker was so gracious!!! I GAGGED when she said “Bev, I saw your feather (my @anthonymaxwell_ny hat has a very tall feather) throughout the service but I didn’t know it was you”! First off, in what universe would ANITA BAKER know who I am? I mean, come on son!!!! I had so many magical moments with ICONS this year, with them telling me they appreciate my work on my radio show & also telling it like it is on tv! The last quarter of this decade is dedicated to MOVING ON, climbing new heights, reaching, stretching! I’ve done the good work but God ain’t done with me yet, watch me work & yes, occasionally twerk! #Grateful #TylerPerryStudioOpening

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What a FABULOUS weekend! Major congrats to Tyler Perry!

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