Another honor is to be bestowed upon Coming 2 America star and legendary comedian Eddie Murphy. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has just announced that entertainer, film icon, and two-time Image Award recipient Murphy will be inducted into the acclaimed NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame during this year’s upcoming ceremony.
“We are honored to celebrate one of the most influential comedic geniuses in the entertainment industry and an individual who has inspired a generation of Black talent,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP in a written statement. “To this day, Eddie Murphy’s work continues to bring joy and laughter to individuals around the world, and he is an amazing example of Black excellence, creativity, and artistry.”
This award continues Murphy’s re-emergence in the spotlight as his long-awaited sequel to his successful film Coming to America was recently released through streaming giant Amazon Prime.
The Hall of Fame Award, which will be presented by Murphy’s longtime friend Arsenio Hall, is bestowed on an individual who is a pioneer in his or her respective field and whose influence will shape the profession for generations to come. Murphy has entertained and kept audiences laughing for more than 40 years.
At this year’s NAACP Image Awards, Outstanding Female Artist nominee Jazmine Sullivan will be performing as well as Grammy Award-winning singer Maxwell, who will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of his debut album Urban Hang Suite. The 52nd NAACP Image Awards will be airing live on BET and will also be simulcast across ViacomCBS Networks with the following outlets: CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2, and LOGO on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 at 8/7c.
The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also recognizes individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.