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.
 
Welcome to my table!! pic.twitter.com/fzvP3lTQQX
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) October 7, 2019
 
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:
 
I’m a writer with no words for Saturday night. So if a picture is worth a thousand words then let them speak for me while I gather my emotions and try to process what happened on Saturday!! https://t.co/KAI2QGPmtz pic.twitter.com/SXBLEeqqV2
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) October 7, 2019
 
He dedicated one of those 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.
 
We wanted Diahann to hear us in Heaven!!! pic.twitter.com/5iYiW320yY
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) October 7, 2019
 
EGOT Whoopi Goldberg was honored with a soundstage named after her:
 
What an honor to salute this EGOT legend! @WhoopiGoldberg pic.twitter.com/zn6SNgQNFP
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) October 7, 2019
 
And so did Hollywood titan Will Smith, who was accompanied by his wife Jada Pinkett Smith:

 

 
 

 

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Congrats to you @willsmith on your sound stage dedication at @tylerperrystudios. You are building such a beautiful legacy around a deeply impactful career in so many ways. I’m very proud of you. Continue to shine light on … joy : @jas
A post shared by Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapinkettsmith) on Oct 6, 2019 at 10:49am PDT

 
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.
 
Couldn’t close the weekend without Jesus meeting us on the lawn at the studio!! Having a full heart and a thankful soul to all that have prayed me all the way here. https://t.co/DbMSUNDaq1 pic.twitter.com/PFvHvQQsk9
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) October 7, 2019
 
Get into the gospel feels by SEEit Choir, led by Greg Kirkland Jr., below:

 

 
 

 

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#TylerPerry had his girlfriend #GelilaBekele and their 4-year-old son Aman right by his side as he wrapped up the #TylerPerryStudios soundstage dedication weekend this morning with a gospel choir led by #TashaPageLockhart, #Oprah #StedmanGraham #AvaDuvernay, #Diddy and more. Swipe for Ava’s explanation about just how epic and iconic this is for a black man to own – outright – Studios larger than any Studio in Hollywood, and bigger than Disney, Paramount, Warner, etc. combined. Congratulations isn’t a big enough word. #TylerPerry #YBFInspiration
A post shared by TheYBF (@theybf_daily) on Oct 6, 2019 at 3:24pm PDT

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

 

 
 

 

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@tylerperry you built the biggest studio in America, one that can fit all the other Hollywood studios combined and still have room to spare. You’ve also created a dream of hope and possibility for everyone to know that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can always do better when you’re aligned with the Divine. Thank you for the naming of the soundstages. I love mine. #GloryToGlory #ImagineThis
A post shared by Oprah (@oprah) on Oct 7, 2019 at 11:56am PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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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_
A post shared by Michelle Williams (@michellewilliams) on Oct 6, 2019 at 4:55pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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On the plane back home still feeling the love and power of this weekend and saw this on the newstand in airport! Don’t hurt em Tyler !!! @tylerperry #thetylertakeover1
A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Oct 7, 2019 at 7:45am PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Ok , I’m going to try and post some of my favorite moments from this entire living in the impossible dream weekend . It’s going to be hard ! So many great moments but I gotta start with this ! Bless your heart @diddy he insisted , he wouldn’t have it any other way . I had no idea @diddy Was carrying my train for me , until I looked over my shoulder @tylerperrystudios imagine this gala !
A post shared by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on Oct 7, 2019 at 1:33pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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The most diverse group of Successful Black People ever assembled….
A post shared by TIP (@troubleman31) on Oct 6, 2019 at 8:42pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Introduced my Wife to my crushes this weekend. Wish me luck… Eat ya heart out @lilduval (j/k… I had to say that to the idiots with more idle time than intelligence) Thx & Congratulations again Tyler. Event of the century!!!
A post shared by TIP (@troubleman31) on Oct 7, 2019 at 11:31am PDT

 

 

 
 

 

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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.
A post shared by Ava DuVernay (@ava) on Oct 6, 2019 at 8:25am PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Ladies And Gentlemen,Boys And Girls-This Past Saturday Night My Brother TYLER PERRY Made History In Atlanta,Georgia With The Naming Of His Sound Stages. It Is With Honor And Humility That I Have A Stage Along With My Fellow Artists. Tyler,Da Whole Lee Family Thanks You. God Bless And Keep Keepin’ On Doin’ God’s Work. And Dat’s Da “BLACK MOGUL” Truth,Ruth.
A post shared by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on Oct 7, 2019 at 12:09pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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I’m so honored. I’m so proud. Thank you, thank you, thank you @tylerperry ! What you’ve done is astonishing and remarkable!
A post shared by WhoopiGoldberg (@whoopigoldberg) on Oct 7, 2019 at 2:31pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Happy Sunday. Congratulations to Tyler Perry on the opening of his studios. 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.
A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Oct 6, 2019 at 3:56pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Last night was surreal – Overwhelmed with pride for @tylerperry, creator of the first black-owned major film studio in our HISTORY. To have shared in this moment in some small way, standing beside the most iconic talent in celebration of his accomplishment, was an absolute honor that I will never forget. Last night Tyler dared us to dream a bigger dream for ourselves, and today I dare each of you to do the same!
A post shared by Halle Berry (@halleberry) on Oct 6, 2019 at 11:03am PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Such a glorious weekend celebrating @tylerperrystudios! Bravo @tylerperry! #tylerperrystudios
A post shared by Debbie Allen (@therealdebbieallen) on Oct 7, 2019 at 9:54am PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Tyler Perry Studios’ grand opening was an amazing historical event. Very proud of you, Tyler!!! * * * #TylerPerry #TylerPerryStudios #Atlanta #JeniferLewis #TheMotherOfBlackHollywood #InTheseStreets
A post shared by Jenifer Lewis (@jeniferlewisforreal) on Oct 6, 2019 at 3:09pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Here we are in the same room together. How much CUSSING, fun, and carrying on do you think went on??? * * * #TylerPerry #TylerPerryStudios #GrandOpening #SamuelLJackson #Atlanta #RedCarpet #JeniferLewis #TheMotherOfBlackHollywood #InTheseStreets
A post shared by Jenifer Lewis (@jeniferlewisforreal) on Oct 7, 2019 at 11:28am PDT

 
 
Bow x Bill Clinton pic.twitter.com/LgtcAkqXo6
— Bow Wow (@smoss) October 6, 2019
 
 
Dinner with the ceo of @ChickfilA pic.twitter.com/EbPMtaRzma
— Bow Wow (@smoss) October 7, 2019
 
 

 

 
 

 

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How could I forget to post my good sister @iamjhud who opened up #tylerperrystudios with the most soul stirring version of #ToDreamTheImpossibleDream which was essentially the theme song for the entire weekend! She also served major lewks each & every time! #ShesMyDreamGirl
A post shared by bevy smith (@bevysmith) on Oct 6, 2019 at 10:15pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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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
A post shared by bevy smith (@bevysmith) on Oct 7, 2019 at 2:21am PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Pucker Up….always a good time when I see @tarajiphenson @tylerperry had all the fab sepia dolls in ATL!
A post shared by bevy smith (@bevysmith) on Oct 7, 2019 at 11:50am PDT

 

 

 
 

 

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Day2 looks with my @demetria4real #TylerPerryStudios
A post shared by Kyla Pratt (@kylapratt) on Oct 7, 2019 at 3:47pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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I had the pleasure of accompanying my friend @demetria4real this weekend to see history happen. As we arrived at the studios literally every person was made to feel so welcome. Every moment you felt like you were supposed to be there. For this man to come from the bottom and to be able to achieve what he has today is so inspiring. The energy the entire weekend was unbelievable. Touring the city size studio was overwhelmingly amazing. I’m so happy i got the chance to be apart of this weekend in every way. Be inspired. I’m a witness. Don’t be afraid to start an 1. #TylerPerryStudios #GlorytoGlory @tomford
A post shared by Kyla Pratt (@kylapratt) on Oct 7, 2019 at 3:58pm PDT

 
 

 

 
 

 

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Took a pic with a homie. #Swipe. The Homie telling @shaybigga “Hold Up Shay take it when we got our hands like this”. I laffed like hell cuz “Shay Bigga” be “Bossing” but she got “Bossed up” on. LoL . Thank Hov for being a G, and a Gent & thank @tylerperry for bringing so many together in celebration! #Imaginethis #TylerPerryStudios #ThankMartyForTheStyling (@marty_taught_u) #PoppingTags the tux is lux @alaindupetit
A post shared by Killer Mike (@killermike) on Oct 7, 2019 at 3:05pm PDT

 
What a FABULOUS weekend! Major congrats to Tyler Perry!
Photo: Getty