Live from the 2013 NAACP Image Awards

The 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards kicked off with a bang. Host Steve Harvey brought in a ton of laughs while stars from across movies, TV, music and the sports world gathered to celebrate excellence. See who attended the show and who graced the red carpet.

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Kerry Washington arrives at the 44th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Halle Berry attends the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Garcelle Beauvais attends the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Jamie Foxx accepts the Entertainer of the Year award onstage during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Alfre Woodard arrives at the 44th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Rutina Wesley arrives at the 44th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Host Steve Harvey onstage during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Gladys Knight attends the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, Spingarn Medal honoree, speak onstage during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Keke Palmer arrives at the 44th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Kerry Washington accepts the President's Award from actress Diahann Carroll and NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Jealous onstage during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Niecy Nash arrives at the 44th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Tatyana Ali attends the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Laz Alonso attends the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Meagan Good poses at the 44th NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Lance Gross, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Tyler Perry's House of Payne, poses for a portrait during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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LL Cool J accepts Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for NCIS: Los Angeles onstage during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Common and Wyclef Jean perform onstage during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Dennis Haysbert and NAACP Chairman of the National Board of Directors Roslyn M. Brock speak onstage during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Loretta Devine, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Grey's Anatomy, poses for a portrait during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Chandra Wilson arrives at the 44th NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. 

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Emayatzy Corinealdi attends the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne Bishop attend the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Elise Neal attends the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Vanessa Williams attends the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. 

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Samuel L. Jackson, Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier attend the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Lamorne Morris, Cassi Davis and Terrance Jenkins attend the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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Omarosa Manigault poses in the press room during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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OMG Girlz arrives at 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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United States Navy Vice Admiral Michelle Janine Howard, recipient of the Chairman's Award, poses in the press room during the 44th NAACP Image Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.