*The NAACP and TV One announced Monday that Anthony Anderson will host the 45th NAACP Image Awards with Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry and Michael Ealy among the first group of confirmed presenters.
Tony Goldwyn, Arsenio Hall, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Octavia Spencer, Archie Panjabi, Dennis Haysbert, Rickey Smiley, Nicole Beharie, and Lou Gossett Jr. have also been tapped to present.
“The 45th NAACP Image Awards” will broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed as a two-hour star-studded special on TV One.
Haysbert will also be the in-show announcer.
In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed. The honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums. This year, individuals (including non-NAACP members) can cast their vote online via the Image Awards main website [www.naacpimageawards.net] to help decide who among the following contenders will be recognized: Beyoncé, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Nicole Beharie, and Oprah Winfrey. Fans can cast their vote once a day until the Feb. 14 deadline.
As previously announced, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, director and 2014 Image Award nominee Forest Whitaker will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award. Paris Barclay and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American Presidents of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, respectively, will be inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame.
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