Chris Rock managed to squeeze off shots at Don Imus and Rudy Giuliani during his introduction of Wanda Sykes at the 32nd annual Gracie Allen awards Monday night in Gotham. “How you nappy-headed hos doing?” he asked the genteel-looking audience. “I say that as a term of endearment.”
Imus and Giuliani-sniping notwithstanding (“Everybody says he was so great on 9/11, but what about 9/10? 8/15? 7/11? Pick a date.”), the Gracies were a mostly cordial affair, recognizing women who made notable contributions to their fields as radio and television professionals.
Sykes received an award for her HBO special “Sick and Tired,” and thanked her friend. “You said the ‘nappy-headed hos’ thing. I got nothing,” confessed Sykes.
Tina Fey also received a Gracie, in recognition of her achievements on “30 Rock.” Fey said afterward that she was glad that the kudos were “based on truthful portrayals of women. I think that’s valuable.”
Country singer Taylor Swift performed the single “Tim McGraw” from her newly platinum self-titled album, and tennis legend Billie Jean King made an appearance during the award presented to HBO for its biography “Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer.”