Eddie Murphy entered the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame.
The 59-year-old comedian and actor was honored at the civil rights organization’s multimedia award ceremony on Saturday.
Arsenio Hall, Murphy’s longtime friend and “Coming 2 America” co-star, virtually presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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“I want to thank the NAACP for making me … for placing me in your Hall of Fame which is with all these other illustrious recipients who have received this award before me,” Murphy said during his speech. of thanks. “I am in incredible company.”
“I’ve been making films for 40 years now,” he added. “And that’s the perfect thing to commemorate that.”
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Murphy didn’t forget to speak directly to Hall as he defended the red leather suit he wore during his Grammy stand-up special, “Delirious.”
The 70-minute show aired on HBO in 1983. Murphy was 22 at the time of recording.
“My red suit wasn’t that tight as Arsenio,” Murphy said with a laugh. “I have a lot of cracks about that red suit.”
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In his own words, Murphy described his fashion choice as “fly.”
The NAACP then endorsed the comedian’s statement in a tweet posted Saturday night.
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The award for Murphy’s Lifetime Achievement comes weeks after the star’s sequel “Coming 2 America” made its theatrical and digital release.
In addition to his hit franchise “Coming to America,” Murphy has 72 acting credits, according to IMDb. Other projects he’s best known for include “Saturday Night Live”, “Harlem Nights”, “The Nutty Professor” and “Shrek”.
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