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The biggest names in film, television and music including Tracee Ellis Ross, Trevor Noah, Adam Rodriguez, Rashida Jones, Janelle Monae Paxton, Brian White, Deon Cole, Jussie Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Justin Cornwell, Nick Kroll, Penny Johnson and Pooch Hall will present at 48th NAACP Image Awards. The all-star celebration will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and will broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium from 7-9pm on February 11 on TV One. A 90-minute pre-show will air Live From The Red Carpet from 5:30-7pm on TV One hosted by Nischelle Turner and Terrence J with Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer as special correspondents.
As previously announced, they will join presenters Taraji P. Henson, Sterling K. Brown, Octavia Spencer, Issa Rae, Mike Colter and Mykelti Williamson. Additional talent scheduled to attend includes: Denzel Washington, Dwayne Johnson, Kerry Washington, John Legend, Terrence Howard, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Keesha Sharp, Andra Day, Kofi Siriboe, Nate Parker, Niecy Nash, Omari Hardwick, Regina King, Rutina Wesley, Stephan James, Tika Sumpter and Uzo Aduba. Also expected are cast members from Empire, This Is Us, Atlanta, The Carmichael Show, Power, black-ish, Queen Sugar, and more.
In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed. This special honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums – the nominees are Beyoncé, Viola Davis, Regina King, Dwayne Johnson and Chance the Rapper.
Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. will be honored with the NAACP “Chairman’s Award” and Lonnie G. Bunch, III will receive the NAACP “President’s Award.” LeBron James was already presented with the NAACP “Jackie Robinson Sports Award.”
Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin are the Executive Producers. Co-Executive Producers are Kimmie H. Kim and Byron Phillips. Tony McCuin is the Director and Robin Reinhardt is the Talent Producer. Cree Summer is the in-show announcer.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners were voted upon by NAACP members and will be announced when the envelopes are opened live on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on February 11.
For additional information and the latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.