Vanessa Williams arrives at the 2011 InStyle And Warner Bros. 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards post-party held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Jan. 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills.

*Halle Berry, LL Cool J and Vanessa Williams are among the first celebs announced to appear at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, to broadcast live from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium on Friday, March 4 (8-10 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and rising comedy star Affion Crockett are also due to appear, according to organizers.

Recording artists Mary Mary and Michael Franti & Spearhead are set to perform at the special, which will be hosted by Holly Robinson Peete and Wayne Brady and executive-produced by Vicangelo Bulluck.

The special celebrates the accomplishments of people of color working in literature, music, television and film.

Previously announced honorees include Chairman’s Award recipient Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin and Chairman’s Award recipient General Colin L. Powell.

Event sponsors for the 42nd NAACP Image Awards include UAW/Chrysler, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, FedEx, Hyundai, Southwest Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Bank of America, Ford Motor Company, Pepsi and American Airlines.