Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah, who recently hosted the Hollywood Film Awards, has been called into service once more to emcee the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, taking place Dec. 11 in Oslo, Norway.
This year’s Nobel Prize concert will honor Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai, chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee for “their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education.”
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children’s rights to education,” said Latifah, who will also perform at the concert.
“The Nobel Prize Concert is the most popular television production created during Nobel Week in December in Oslo and Stockholm. We are very pleased that Queen Latifah has agreed to host this year’s musical tribute to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai,” said Geir Lundestad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
The concert will also feature performances by Steven Tyler, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Kahn, Laura Mvula, Gabrielle, Girls of the World and Bollywood.
This is the 21st Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which is a musical celebration honoring the year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The Concert is broadcast to a global audience and reaches up to 350 million households and 100 countries. Over the years, the Concert has featured top global artists including Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Sting, Santana, Alicia Keys, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Wyclef Jean, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Bon Jovi, A-ha, Bernhoft and Youssou N’Dour.
The Nobel Prize is the most prestigious award in the world, honoring such icons as Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Barack Obama, Kofi Annan, Al Gore and other prominent individuals and organizations.