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Now this is a royal affair! The Queen of Pop goes in to hug the Queen of Talk on stage. "A lot of people are inspired by Oprah. I am one of those people," Madonna says. "She has balls and a wealth of compassion, and I have learned so much from her."
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The singer-actress serenades the talk-show host with "For Good" (from her musical Wicked), as scholarship recipients who have benefited from Oprah's generosity stand behind the Broadway star as she sings, "I know I'm who I am today, because I knew you."
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After being introduced by Oprah's longtime love Stedman Graham, a slimmed-down Franklin takes the stage to inject some soul into the evening, singing "Amazing Grace."
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Knowles put a sexy twist on the tuxedo while introducing her new single, "Run the World (Girls)," on the United Center stage. "Because of you, women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of who we are, of what we are and most of all, who we can be," the singer says.
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TOM HANKS & RASCAL FLATTS
The Oscar-winning actor, who acted as master of ceremonies, shows the crowd his O face after country group Rascal Flatts serenades Oprah with their song, "I Won't Let Go." "You are surrounded by nothing but love," Hanks tells Oprah.
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He didn't jump a couch, but Cruise still made a grand entrance, striding onto the stage to the theme music from Mission: Impossible. The actor quotes Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz to Oprah, "You always had the power [to change lives], and that is the lesson you brought."
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