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Oprah to Honor Mandela at NAACP Image Awards

As an awards show dedicated to celebrating the achievement of people of color, it only makes sense that the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards will pay tribute to the late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is expected to honor the former South African president during the live awards show next week.

Other honorees for the evening include Forest Whitaker, who will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award. President of the Directors Guild of America Paris Barclay and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will also be inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame as the first African-American presidents of their respective organizations.

Anthony Anderson will host the awards show. Presenters include Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, Michael Ealy, Tony Goldwyn, Regina Hall and more.

You can vote for the Entertainer of the Year here. Nominees include: Beyoncé, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Nicole Beharie, Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, Steve Harvey, and Tyler Perry.

The 45th NAACP Image Awards will air live on Saturday, February 22 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One.