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Janelle Monae, Usher and Swizz Beatz were among the celebs who attended The Gordon Parks Foundations Awards last night. See their photos inside….

Last night, The Gordon Parks Foundation held its annual awards and auction at Cipriani Wall Street. The Gordon Parks Foundation, which works to permanently preserve the works of the famed photographer and filmmaker, honored YBF fave Usher during the festivities.

DILF status indeed. Excuse our crass.

Usher Raymond IV accepted his honor, while modeling a grey suit. And it looks like he’s fully recovered from his foot ailment.

Legendary actor Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower (shown above with AJ Calloway) were honored with the Patron of The Arts Award. They were introduced by Whoopi Goldberg.

On the red carpet, Grace and Robert posed with Gaston Browne, the 4th and current Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.

“Yoga” singer Janelle Monae was among the fab attendees. On Instagram she wrote, “So excited to be invited back this year to celebrate the life and work of Mr. Parks at the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner! Looking forward to your performance.”

Always serving up fabness, Janelle wore a red and black embroidered Tracy Reese Dress and Vatanika Pants, Jennifer Fisher Jewels and a Rodo clutch. SO perfect.

Watch Janelle and Usher discuss the importance of art in schools above.

Famed producer Swizz Beatz (and his wife Alicia Keys) were co-chairs of the event, alongside Karl Lagerfeld.

Swizz posed with Emmy-winning producer Peter Kunhardt who recently completed the tv doc “Living with Lincoln.”

Model Liya Kebede who is the first black model to grace the cover of Paris Vogue in five years, looked amazing. On a sad note, we recently found out that she separated from her husband Kassy Kebede. But chick is already rumored to have bounced back….with Jake Gyllenhaal!

Author and activist Hill Harper came out to toast the honorees as well. Hill is currently filming the tv movie “Limitless” on CBS, an adaption of the 2011 film featuring Bradley Cooper.

Guests were treated to a musical performance from Pharrell, who we spotted at his hotel in Soho after the event.

Photos via Splash/Getty

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