Taraji P. Henson headlined the CNN Heroes event Sunday in an eye-catching plum-colored dress with a plunging neckline.
The Empire star looked stunning in the knee-length number with short sleeves and slightly padded shoulders.
She completed the look with black strappy heels and a sleek bob.
Henson joined other celebrities picked to help honor ordinary people at the cable news network's 10th annual televised show that honors 'everyday heroes.'
Also on hand was former Sopranos star Edie Falco.
The New York-based actress opted for an off-the-shoulder black dress that had three-quarter sleeves with bell cuffs.
Falco added black tights and black shoes and wore her short blonde hair styled back from her face.
Actress Diane Lane
Idina Menzel, who performed during the evening, rocked a black pantsuit with a long red silky scarf tied around her neck
Co-hosting the event held at New York's American Museum of Natural History were CNN's Anderson Cooper and Live!'s Kelly Ripa, who held hands on the red carpet
Neil Patrick Harris also appeared in the televised show arriving on stage carrying a furry canine friend