Eddie Murphy will be inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame at this year’s ceremony, the NAACP announced Thursday.
Awarded to a pioneering artist, whose work shaped the future of his profession, the Hall of Fame award will be presented to the Oscar nominee by his friend and longtime collaborator, Arsenio Hall.
“We are honored to celebrate one of the entertainment industry’s most influential comedic geniuses and someone who inspired a generation of black talent,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “To this day, Eddie Murphy’s work continues to bring joy and laughter to people around the world, and he is an astonishing example of black excellence, creativity and artistry.
A stand-up comic that rose to fame as a member of the cast on Saturday Night Live, Murphy received the award, in recognition of his 40+ years as an artist. Murphy starred in Smash at the box office at the age of 21 48 hours, and he left to direct over 70 films, including Business premises, Beverly Hills cop, Coming to America and Dream girls.
Recently, Murphy returned to the limelight with Coming 2 America, a long-awaited sequel to his classic 1988 comedy, released by Amazon Studios. This awards season, the tour-de-force performer will also receive the Distinguished Artisan Award from the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild.
Streaming live on BET, the 52d NAACP Image Awards will air simultaneously on ViacomCBS networks including CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2 and LOGO on Saturday March 27 at 8 / 7c.