BEVERLY HILLS, CA (March 11, 2021)— Today, the NAACP announced that Eddie Murphy, iconic entertainer, film star and two-time Image Award winner, would be inducted into the Hall of Fame NAACP Image Awards at this year’s ceremony. Additionally announced, Image Award Outstanding Female Artist nominee Jazmine Sullivan will perform-along with Grammy Award-winning singer Maxwell, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut album Urban Hang Suite-during the 52nd NAACP Image Awards televised live on BET and simulcast through ViacomCBS networks including CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2, and LOGO on Saturday, March 27, 2021.
The Hall of Fame Award, presented by Eddie Murphy’s partner and long-time friend Arsenio Hall, is conferred on a person who is a leader in his or her field and whose presence can form the profession for decades to come. As one of the most financially famous stars in the history of film industry, Murphy has amazed and kept viewers amused for over 40 years.
He started his career making a stand-up comedy as a teenager and then joined Saturday Night Live. At the age of 21, Murphy debuted in the box-office at 48 Hours and starred in more than 70 films including Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle Shrek, Dreamgirls, Dolemite Is My Name, and Coming 2 America—which won the #1 opening weekend of every streaming film in the past year. Nominee of the Academy Award, he was honoured for his work with two NAACP Image Awards, as well as Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Grammy Awards.
“We are proud to recognize one of the most influential comedian geniuses in the entertainment industry and a person who has influenced a generation of Black talent,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP. “To this day, Eddie Murphy’s work continues to bring fun and laughter to people around the world and is a wonderful symbol of Black beauty, ingenuity and artistry.”
Presenters 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, Tyler Perry’s Sistas, Swizz Beatz, and Tracy Morgan.
The non-televiated award categories will be declared virtually on 22-26 March. Presenters include BET’s Bigger (Tanisha Long, Angell Conwell, Rasheda Crockett, Tristen J. Winger, and Chase Anthony), CeCe Winans, Damson Idris, Daymond John, Javicia Leslie, JB Smoove, Leslie Jones, Madalen Mills, MAJOR, Marcus Scribner, Method Man, Nicole Beharie, Retta, Reno Wilson, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tamar Braxton and Terrence Terrell. Nominees for the inaugural Outstanding Social Media Celebrity Award were revealed earlier this week, which included Desi Banks (@iamdesibanks), Karlton Humes (@notKarltonBanks), Kevin Fredricks (@KevOnStage), Tabitha Brown (@iamtabithabrown) and Tiffany Aliche.
The 52nd NAACP Image Awards are presented by Wells Fargo and are sponsored by AT&T, FedEx, Nike, Bank of America, Alaska Airlines.
The NAACP Image Awards recognise the achievements of people of color in the fields of entertainment, music, literature and film, as well as individuals or organizations who foster social justice through artistic efforts.
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