Soaps honored on air at 42nd NAACP Image Awards on Friday, March 4

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This is the first year in the history of the NAACP IMAGE AWARDS broadcast, that the daytime drama categories will be represented on air. The daytime drama categories include Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama, and Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama.

For a complete list of the Daytime Drama nominees, click here.

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards will broadcast live from Los Angeles' historic Shrine Auditorium, Friday, March 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX (FOX 11 in Los Angeles). Musical performances at this year's event include legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples performing with the award-winning a cappella group Committed, Christian R&B vocalist Deitrick Haddon, and Contemporary Jazz instrumentalist Boney James.

In addition, actress Angela Bassett, NAACP Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock, actress Loretta Devine, singer Jason Derülo, actress/singer Kat Graham, actor Dulé Hill, actor Anthony Mackie, Judge Greg Mathis, actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry, actress Sandra Oh, comedian Russell Peters and actress Anika Noni Rose are scheduled to appear along with previously announced participants Halle Berry, LL Cool J, Affion Crockett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington and Vanessa Williams.

Hosted by Wayne Brady and Holly Robinson Peete and executive-produced by Vicangelo Bulluck, the special celebrates the accomplishments of people of color working in literature, music, television and film. Previously announced honorees include Chairman's Award recipient Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin and President's Award recipient General Colin L. Powell.

Founded on Feb. 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information on the NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, please visit NAACP Image Awards.