Oprah Winfrey was not at the Daytime Emmy Awards last night at the Las Vegas Hilton, but it didn’t stop Gladys Knight, Celine Dion and Ellen DeGeneres from joining a number of stars to honor the talk show host in a special musical tribute.
Oprah was given a Crystal Pillar Award at the ceremony in recognition of the way she has changed the face of daytime television. She accepted her accolade in a video, surrounded by her staff at Chicago’s Harpo studios.
“We are sorry we couldn’t be there to celebrate,” she said in the clip. “On behalf of the entire team, we thank you for honoring our show, we thank you for 25 years. This show has served as a platform to enlighten and entertain our millions of viewers … it has been a phenomenon that none of us could have imagined in our wildest dreams. None of this would have been possible without the support of the best team in television. Thank you!”
Gladys Knight performed “That’s What Friends Are For” as a montage of the star’s shows played behind her, while Celine gave a rendition of “Because You Loved” Me’ from the stage at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace in Oprah’s honor.
n a video message, Ellen said: “For the past 25 years, the world has been lucky to call you a friend. I will miss you and I love you.”
Barbara Walters of “The View” said of the star: “Oprah, we are always getting asked to present each other with awards … now, you are getting the Crystal Pillar Award because of your enormous contribution to daytime television. In this, you are unique and unsurpassed.”