The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and TV One, a television network dedicated to the best of black culture and entertainment, today announced that the 48th NAACP Image Awards will be nationally telecast live on TV One on Saturday, February 11, 2017 as a two-hour special from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Image Awards winner, Emmy-award nominated actor and star of black-ish, Anthony Anderson, returns as host for the 48th NAACP Image Awards. The telecast on TV One will also include a live pre-show from the star-studded red carpet.
The NAACP Image Awards is the most respected event of its kind and is well attended by many of the top names in the entertainment industry. This past telecast, which also aired on TV One in February 2016, some of the biggest names in film, television and music appeared including Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gina Rodriguez, Chrissy Teigen, Kerry Washington, Nate Parker, Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tika Sumpter, Keegan-Michael Key, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee, Loretta Devine, Shonda Rhimes, Omari Hardwick, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Don Cheadle, Sanaa Lathan, Keke Palmer, Michael Ealy, Ken Jeong, Sylvester Stallone, and cast members from “Empire” – Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Grace Gealy, Trai Byers, Serayah, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kaitlin Doubleday, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and more.
In addition, John Legend was the recipient of the NAACP President’s Award and the NAACP Chairman’s Award was bestowed on Brittany “Bree” Newsome; Justice League NYC; Concerned Student 1950 Collective at the University of Missouri, Columbia; The University of Mississippi NAACP College Chapter; Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III; Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley; Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, and Jussie Smollett. Michael B. Jordan was named NAACP Entertainer of the Year.
The 48th NAACP Image Awards production team will be returning including Executive Producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Tony McCuin as Director, Kimmie H. Kim and Byron Phillips as Co-Producers, and Robin Reinhardt as Talent Producer.
Following are the key dates for the 48th NAACP Image Awards:
- Tuesday, September 6, 2016 – Submissions opens for the 48th NAACP Image Awards
- Monday, October 31, 2016 – Submissions closes for the 48th NAACP Image Awards
- Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – 48th NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Press Conference
- Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 48th NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Luncheon
- Friday, February 10, 2017 – 48th NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Awards Dinner and Ceremony
- Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 48th NAACP Red Carpet and Image Awards Telecast Airs Live on TV
The NAACP Image Awards is the premiere multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments 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.
For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.