The Chicago star will be feted during a ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday (17Feb17), and she is flattered by the accolade.

"It means so much to me coming from fellow entertainers and my peers," she said, according to The Associated Press.

Latifah joins fellow honourees including Denzel Washington, who will receive the Hollywood Legacy Award, and Empire star Terrence Howard and director F. Gary Gray, who will both be hailed with the Excellence in the Arts Award.

Writer/actress Issa Rae will pick up the Rising Star Award.

The ceremony, which celebrates entertainment in black culture, will be hosted by actress Regina Hall.