Host Lauren Ash...
...kicked off the evening celebrating the women who have been speaking their truth by sharing their stories and highlighting the theme of bravery. "It's really important to celebrate our female friendships, because at the end of the day they're not mad if you're making more money than they are."
The Nine-time Grammy Award Winner, Sheryl Crow, Rocked #thegracies
Throughout the night, Sheryl Crow took to the stage performing a three-song medley, including her hit single, "If It Makes You Happy," which she accompanied on piano. She joked with the room stating, "It's so nice to be in a room with inspiring women. I've been engaged three times. I never got married but I had a rockin time not getting divorced!"
Congratulations to Lori McCreary & Barbara Hall (Madam Secretary) Producer- Entertainment CBS
Aisha Dee and Melora Hardin presented award for Best Producer in Entertainment to Madam Secretary. Lori McCreary stated, "I'm honored to stand in sisterhood with remarkable women who are making sure the face of our industry reflects the face of all Americans."
Loni Love jokingly brought attention to the anti-abortion law conversation saying, "If men got pregnant abortions would be available at 7/11 and Foot Locker."
Good Girls stars Christina Hendricks and Retta closed out the night by accepting the award for Best Ensemble Cast (TV). Both actresses gave an outstanding nod to show creator Jenna Bans. Hendricks stated, "Jenna writes not only extraordinary stories, but writes women in a way that are smart, and funny, and complicated, and messy, and interesting and...un-stereotyped and we're just lucky enough to say her words."
Leah Remini ensured that she was prepared taking the stage saying, "I have my speech in my hand in case it was a man running the teleprompter." She also took a moment to recognize the success of the women in the room, saying "you are a woman, you are badass, you are talented and a master of the multitask… be unapologetically you."
“If she were alive today [Gracie Allen], I think she’d be extremely proud of the women in this room; to know that we, too, stand in our own truths, do the work we love and, hopefully, will leave the industry, and the world, a little better off than when we found it.”
– Kristen Johnston, reminding 2015 Gracie Gala attendees why Gracie Allen was truly an inspiration.