Tyler Perry Studios: Beyoncé, Rep. Maxine Waters, Colin Kaepernick and dozens more celebrate instantly-iconic opening

Who needs the Academy Awards?

Saturday night's grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta drew out more famous faces than we could possibly count, from A-list celebs to influential politicians to old-Hollywood royalty. Representing black excellence from across just about every industry, guests arrived onsite at Perry's massive 330-acre lot, which he purposefully built in one of Atlanta's poorest neighborhoods so that "kids can see a black man can do that and they can too," he said in a statement.

For many, it was a date night: Don Lemon had fiancé Tim Malone by his side, Colin Kaepernick brought longtime girlfriend Nessa, Oprah Winfrey was with Stedman Graham, and Beyonce arrived with Jay-Z.

For others, it was a much-needed break from the D.C. machine. Rep. Maxine Waters looked stunning in a black off-the-shoulder number while Stacey Abrams wore this ultra-flattering long-sleeved gown. It was also a homecoming of sorts for Rep. John Lewis, who represents much of Atlanta.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Tamron Hall attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Don Lemon and Tim Malone attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Maxine Waters and Sid Williams attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Colin Kaepernick and Nessa attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
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.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Cicley Tyson attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Stacey Abrams attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Michelle Williams attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: April Ryan and guest attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Whoppi Goldberg attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Anita Baker attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Halle Berry attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Gayle King attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Viola Davis and Julius Tennon attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Geoffrey Owens attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: John Lewis attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Vanessa Williams attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Keshia Knight Pulliam attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Tamera Mowry-Housley attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Tiffany Haddish attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Tyler Perry attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and La La Anthony attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Taraji P. Henson attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Rachel Lindsay attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Samuel L. Jackson attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Kelly Rowland attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Maxine Waters and Edward Waters attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: China Anne McClain attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Terrence Howard attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Gabourey Sidibe attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Ludacris and Eudoxie Bridges attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Kyla Pratt attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Jill Scott attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Storm Reid attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Spike Lee attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Usher attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Monica attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Ava DuVernay attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: David Oyelowo attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Jermaine Dupri attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Kesha Ward and 2 Chainz attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Jazmine Sullivan attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Jeannie Mai and Jeezy attend Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 05: Cori Murray attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)
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A handful of nonagenarians were even in attendance, including 94-year-old Cicely Tyson, who truly looked a fraction of her age on the red carpet. One of Perry's new sound stages is named after her; each one is named for a different influential black artist.

The remarkable studio was constructed atop what was once a Confederate army base during the Civil War. Underneath each of the twelve sound stages, he buried a Bible, and there is also one underneath the entrance: "I've buried a Bible at the gates of the studio, so you can't come in without crossing the Word and you can't leave without crossing the Word," he revealed.

See all the arrivals in the gallery above.

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Unspecified - 1968: (L-R) Cicely Tyson, Efrem Zimbalist Jr appearing on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's 'The FBI' episode 'The Enemies'. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1960: Actress Cicely Tyson poses for a portrait in circa 1960. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actress Cicily Tyson (as Jane Foster) works at a filing cabinet in a scene from an episode of the television show 'East Side/West Side,' New York, New York, October 18, 1963. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 1/15/1966- Sammy Davis, Jr. clutches co-star Cicely Tyson towards him during a tender scene from the film "A Man Named Adam." Movie Still.
From left to right (back row) Mel Torme and Sammy Davis Jr., (front row) Ossie Davis, Cicely Tyson, and Louis Armstrong, the stars of the film 'A Man Called Adam', 1966. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Actress Cicely Tyson and musician Miles Davis attend the premiere of "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" on July 31st 1968 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER - "Guess Who's Coming for Lunch" - Season One - 10/29/69, Cicely Tyson (as Betty) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network comedy "The Courtship of Eddie's Father". Eddie gets a new second best friend - Tom will always be his best friend - by the name of Max. , (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER - "Guess Who's Coming for Lunch" - Season One - 10/26/69, Cicely Tyson (as Betty), James Cole (as Max) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network comedy "The Courtship of Eddie's Father". Eddie gets a new second best friend - Tom will always be his best friend - by the name of Max. , (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JANUARY 2: (L-R) Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, guest and singer Harry Belafonte attend To Be Young, Gifted And Black Gala on January 2, 1969 at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Cicely Tyson Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Actress and model Cicely Tyson attends an African American civil rights event. (Photo by Owen Franken/Corbis via Getty Images)
Cicely Tyson during Cicely Tyson Visits Lilian Reynolds at WHBI Radio - January 18, 1971 at WHBI Radio Station in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Cicely Tyson during Cicely Tyson Visits Lilian Reynolds at WHBI Radio - January 18, 1971 at WHBI Radio Station in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Cicely Tyson in a scene from the movie Sounder, 1972. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 3/4/1973- New York, NY- Cicely Tyson, who's up for an Academy Award as "Best Actress" for her work in the film "Sounder," appears at New York's Carnegie Hall during a midnight (March 3-March 4) benefit for the Congress of Racial Equality. At the affair, CORE gave her an "award of ecxellence".
LOS ANGELES - MAY 28: Actress Cicely Tyson holds the two Emmy Awards that she won for her performance in "The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman" on May 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Cicely Tyson photographed in March 1976. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Actress Cicely Tyson, 1976. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images.
Actress Cicely Tyson photographed in 1976 in New York City. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 28: Actress Cicely Tyson poses at the Academy Awards ceremony which were held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion on March 28, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Cicely Tyson during 5th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award - Salute to Bette Davis at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
THE 50TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS - Show Coverage - Shoot Date: April 3, 1978. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) CICELY TYSON;KING VIDOR
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 11 -- Pictured: Cicely Tyson on February 10, 1979 -- (Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BENNY'S PLACE - TV Movie - Airdate: May 31, 1982. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) LOUIS GOSSETT JR.;CICELY TYSON
UNITED STATES - JULY 01: Cicely Tyson (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
The actress Cicely Tyson, in costume in the role of Mrs. Browne, while on the set of the television mini-series 'The Women of Brewster Place', Los Angeles, CA, 1988. (Photo by Anthony Barboza/Getty Images)
Cicely Tyson during 1st Annual Minority Motion Picture Awards at Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Cicely Tyson photographed in 1995 in New York City. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
Cicely Tyson (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Cicely Tyson attends 'The Score' film premiere at Sony lincoln Theater in New York City. 07/11/2001. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Cicely Tyson during The Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute to Susan Sarandon at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Cicely Tyson 10225_JSh_03089.jpg during 2005 TNT Black Movie Awards - Show at Wiltern in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Cicely Tyson (Photo by Malcolm Ali/WireImage)
Actress Miss Cicely Tyson of "Relative Stranger" speaks during the 2008 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour for Hallmark held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 8, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 4: Cicely Tyson attends BLACK-TIE GALA TO BENEFIT SPELMAN COLLEGE, Hosted by The Blue Champions at New York Park Plaza Hotel on October 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by ILIR BAJRAKTARI/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Cicely Tyson attends the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle 2013-14 Award Nominations announcement at the New York Friars Club on April 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 6: In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, (pictured l-r) Seiji Ozawa, Rita Moreno,Carole King, George Lucas and Cicely Tyson will be saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world on THE 38TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 29 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Cicely Tyson attends Alvin Ailey's 2017 Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Cicely Tyson attends a private reception to celebrate her honorary Oscar on December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
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