*NBC will broadcast the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, a live, two-hour special on Friday, February 17 (8-10 p.m. ET) that will showcase the best achievements and performances of people of color in the arts featuring a star-studded lineup of performers, winners and presenters.
The announcement was made today by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment.
“NBC is honored to fully partner with the NAACP in a greater effort to celebrate the many deserving diverse artists who have entertained and influenced us in the past year,” said Greenblatt. “Viewers can share in the joy that we will see on-stage as a vast spectrum of performers will entertain them in an exciting live venue.”
The Image Awards last aired on NBC in 1995. Since then they had been broadcast by Fox until last year. However ratings were never that great while on the News Corp. owned net. Perhaps a return to the Peacock network will be the right combo that will make for ratings success.
“We are happy to be coming home to NBC this year,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event that spotlights the outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts as well as those who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. We are excited to honor their efforts this year.”
NBC aired the Image Awards for nine years beginning in 1986 on tape delay. Fox’s first live broadcast came in 2007.
Nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 19th at 9:00 am (PT) by Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, ABC), Tracee Ellis Ross (Reed Between the Lines, BET) and Craig Robinson (The Office, NBC), and will include contributions in television, film, music and literature.
Image Awards, which were launched in 1967, were first televised in 1974.
The awards event is a production of Vicangelo Films. The executive producer is Vicangelo Bulluck.