Get ready for the 45th annual Image Awards. Airing for the first time on TV One, the red carpet coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET and the show comes on at 9 p.m. Live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, the show is hosted by Anthony Anderson and includes appearances by Kevin Hart, Lupita Nyong’o, Tony Goldwyn, Regina Hall, Arsenio Hall, Tyrese Gibson, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut and Idris Elba. Oprah Winfrey will make a special appearance to honor Nelson Mandela and the legendary Stevie Wonder will perform.
Forrest Whitaker and filmmakers Paris Barclay and Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame. Online voters selected this year’s Entertainer of the Year out of the following contenders Beyoncé, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Nicole Beharie, Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, Steve Harvey, and Tyler Perry. The winner will be revealed during the show.
“I’m about as ready as I’m gonna be. I’m hosting the Negro Oscars,” says Anderson. “We’re still working on the opening. I just got the job three days ago,” he says. “Everybody’s going to be there – Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. That’s the only three we need to know about.”
Anderson says he was first asked to present, then asked to host. Since he’s says he’s been rehearsing all week, he should be ready.
“We’re working through it. It was an interesting way that I got the gig. So we’re going to see. I’m looking forward to unleashing on some people when I get there tomorrow night. I’ve been nominated 9 times and I don’t have a one. That’s why I agreed to host the show this year, because I’m going home with one!”
The Image Awards has rolled out a mobile app for those watching the show. There is already exclusive content available and you can use it to vote for your favorite nominee and for the best dressed on the red carpet, a fashion show that should have its own awards.
Download the free 45th NAACP Image Awards app for your iPhone or iPad today.
Or get it now for your Android device.
See a full list of nominees here:
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/15-10/21)
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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