Performances by Common and Andra Day. Additional talent scheduled to appear include Halle Berry, Mandy Moore, Octavia Spencer, Chris Sullivan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and more.
The NAACP “President’s Award,” chosen by NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include Lonnie G. Bunch, III, John Legend, Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, Soledad O’Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association, Kerry Washington, and Spike Lee.
The surviving 1968 sanitation workers – some of them are still on the job – were presented with the prestigious NAACP Vanguard Award in conjunction with the 49th NAACP Image Awards at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum.
Anthony Anderson returns to host the awards show live on Monday, January 15, 2018 — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday — on TV ONE at 9/8c. One-hour live Red Carpet pre-show just ahead of the two-hour special.
Voting is open for the 49th NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year! Winner to Announced Live During the 49th NAACP Image Awards ceremony on TV One on Monday, January 15, 2018. Chadwick Boseman, Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, and Jay-Z are among the six contenders for the honor.