Actress Taraji P. Henson poses. (YU TSAI/CONTOURPHOTOS.COM)

HANDOUT IMAGE: . Kevin Clash and Elmo meet a friend. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey. (IMAGE COURTESY OF SUBMARINE ENTERTAINMENT)

Leading the nominations for this year’s ceremony is the motion picture, The Help, with eight nods in film categories, including outstanding motion picture and best supporting actress.

The ceremony honors diversity in the arts and celebrates the achievements of change agents in the community. The ceremony airs 8 p.m. ET Feb. 17 on NBC.

“We are happy to be coming home to NBC this year,” NAACP President/CEO Benjamin Jealous said in a news release. “The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event that spotlights the outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts well as those who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. We are excited to honor their efforts this year.”

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