For the first time in its award show history, voting for the 49th NAACP Image Awards will be open to the public.
Baltimore, MD – Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite 49th NAACP Image Awards nominees in 36 different categories across film, television, and music, as the NAACP opens voting to the public for the first time in the program’s history.
Anthony Anderson, acclaimed actor and star of ABC comedy Black-ish, returns to host the awards show live on Monday, January 15, 2018—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday—on TV ONE at 9/8c. A one-hour live Red Carpet pre-show is set to air just ahead of the two-hour special.
In previous years, winners of the awards were selected only by members of the NAACP, this year; members of the public who are not NAACP members may cast votes by visiting the NAACP Image Awards online at NAACPImageAwards.net.
“We are excited about the opportunity to open voting to the public,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “The Image Awards represents a universe of powerful stories and images, told in ways that express our beauty and make us proud.”
Since 1967, the NAACP Image Awards has been the preeminent multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and has also honored individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
While, this year, voters do not have to be members of the Association, the NAACP encourages those who participate in this year’s voting process to become members. “To become a member of the NAACP is to join a community of individuals from all facets of life who like you are committed to the elimination of discrimination of any type and making our nation a better place for all people,” said Johnson.
The deadline to cast votes for the 49th NAACP Image Awards is December 15, 2017. Viewers can watch the winners claim their trophies just one month later.
The two-hour live television special will be the culmination of a day of volunteer service, citizen action, and celebration on the national holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. Read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas at NAACP.org.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment- focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers.
The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, The Manns and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers.
In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.
For more information about TV One, viewers can join the conversation by visiting the network’s companion website at TVOne.tv on social media with TV One’s official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook portals.