Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that showcased the work of artists and athletes of color.
After Murphy accepted his induction award on Saturday night, the actor-comedian said he was “very moved” by the honor. He was received the award by his longtime friend and Coming 2 America co-star Arsenio Hall.
“I’ve been making films for 40 years now… 40 years. It’s the perfect thing to commemorate that and step into the Hall of Fame, ”he said. “Thank you very much. I am very moved.
Murphy continued to message Hall about his famous red leather costume from his 1983 stand-up special Delirious.
“My red suit wasn’t that tight Arsenio,” Murphy said. “I have a lot of cracks about this red suit. When I was wearing that red suit, that (expletive) was fly.
The Hall of Fame induction is awarded to an individual considered a pioneer in their respective field and whose influence has shaped the “profession for generations to come.”
Past inductees include Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Ray Charles and Sidney Poitier. The most recent laureates to be inducted were Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Paris Barclay in 2014.
Murphy began his career as a stand-up comic as a teenager and eventually joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. He starred in the box office hit 48 Hours and made his mark in a multitude of films including the Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle and Dolemite Is My Name. His latest movie Coming 2 America was released on Amazon this month.
The awards ceremony was virtually broadcast live on BET. It was also broadcast simultaneously on CBS, MTV, VH1, MTV2, BET HER and LOGO.
“Black-ish” star and comedian Anthony Anderson hosted the show for the eighth consecutive year.
The late Chadwick Boseman won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture award for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The actor, who also starred in the hit Marvel film Black Panther, died aged 43 last year after privately battling colon cancer.
“As always, he would give all honor and glory to the Highest God,” said teary-eyed Simone Ledward Boseman, the wife of the actor, who accepted the award on his behalf. “He would thank his mother and father. And he would honor his ancestors as we honor him now. Thank you NAACP for always giving her her flowers. He was an extraordinary artist and an even rarer person.
Boseman spoke about how often black people have been diagnosed or died from colon cancer. She urged black people over 45 to get tested.
“Don’t delay,” she said. “Please get yourself checked out.” This disease can be conquered if you catch it in its early stages. So you don’t have time to waste, even if you don’t have a family history. If you think everything is going well and you are under 45, be proactive about your health. Know the signs. Know your body. Listen to your body. “
LeBron James received the President’s Award for his achievements in public service. He thanked the NAACP for recognizing their efforts beyond the basketball court.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar has been recognized for his efforts through his LeBron James Family Foundation and his school I PROMISE, an after-school educational initiative. Last year, he launched More Than a Vote – a coalition of black athletes and artists – dedicated to educating and protecting black voters.
James ventured into the entertainment business with The SpringHill Company, which is a group of three companies he co-founded with Maverick Carter, including athlete empowerment brand UNINTERRUPTED, film and television production company SpringHill Entertainment, and The Robot. Company, the brand and culture consulting firm.
“This award is way more than me,” said James. “I get it here, but it dips into everything I’m a part of.”
DJ D-Nice won Artist of the Year in a competitive category against big names such as Regina King, Tyler Perry, Viola Davis and Trevor Noah.
At the start of the pandemic, D-Nice created a virtual cure for anyone facing the lockdown blues. He hosted Homeschool at Club Quarantine on his Instagram Live, where he streamed popular songs to his home decks. An array of celebrities tuned in: Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg came to listen.
“It has been an honor to provide entertainment and inspiration during one of the darkest times we have lived,” said D-Nice.
Michelle Obama presented Stacey Abrams with the first Social Justice Impact Award. Abrams was honored to be a political force and her work on the franchise that helped make Georgia a swing state.
Abrams paid tribute to his parents for his education.
“They taught me and my five siblings that having nothing is no excuse for doing nothing,” she said. “Instead, they have shown us in word and deed to use our faith as a shield to protect the helpless, to use our voices to speak out against injustices, and to use our education and time to resolve them. problems that others turn away from.
Viola Davis won Best Actress for her film and television roles in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and How to Get Away with Murder.
Jazmine Sullivan gave the first performance of the awards ceremony with “Pick Up Your Feelings”. Maxwell later performed “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)”.
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