The 52nd NAACP Image Awards promises to be a show to remember when it premieres on March 27.
Already one of the talks of award season following the unveiling of this year’s nominations, the ceremony will bring with it major performances and a seismic salute to one of the greatest entertainers of all time.
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Organizers for the show have revealed that Eddie Murphy will be presented with the Hall of Fame Award.
The legend’s ‘Coming To America’ co-star Arsenio Hall will be on hand to honor his long-time friend with the honor, which is bestowed on an individual who is a pioneer in his or her respective field and whose influence will shape the profession for generations to come.
Murphy is unquestionably qualified, having made the masses laugh – by way of his film and stand-up ventures – for over 40 years.
Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP said of the news:
“We are honored to celebrate one of the most influential comedic geniuses in the entertainment industry and an individual who has inspired a generation of Black talent. To this day, Eddie Murphy’s work continues to bring joy and laughter to individuals around the world, and he is an amazing example of Black excellence, creativity, and artistry.”
Fresh from a rousing showing at the Super Bowl, Jazmine Sullivan will perform. Also on the bill is three-time GRAMMY-winner Maxwell, who will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his album ‘Urban Hang Suite.’
Presenters announced for the live show include: Alicia Keys, Andra Day, Arsenio Hall, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland, Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson, the cast of Tyler Perry’s Sistas, Swizz Beatz, and Tracy Morgan.
Winners in the non-televised categories will be revealed March 22-26.
The 52nd NAACP Image Awards will air live on BET and simulcast across ViacomCBS Networks including CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2, and LOGO on Saturday, March 27 at 8/7c.