In a press release, it was announced that the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards has hired Halle Berry and screenwriter Tyler Perry to host the show. The nominations will be revealed on January 7 while the prize-handing ceremony will take place on February 12 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium and aired live by FOX at 8:00 P.M. ET.
"We are extremely honored to have former Image Awards winners Ms. Halle Berry and Mr. Tyler Perry host this historic event," said Image Awards Chairperson Clayola Brown. "Halle and Tyler have broken many barriers in the entertainment industry. In this historic centennial year, their successes remind us of the immense progress that has been made in the last 100 years and gives us continued hope for the progress that our nation will achieve in the future."
The ceremony will coincide with NAACP's 100th anniversary. NAACP Hollywood Bureau Executive Director Vicangelo Bulluck, who executive produce the awards telecast added, "This year's Image Awards is not just a special event, it is an historic occasion, and I hope all Americans will tune in. With Halle and Tyler as our hosts, I know our viewers are going to get a spectacular show."
NAACP Image Awards recognizes "the artistic achievements of people of color and honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts". The list of presenters and performers will be announced in the weeks to come.