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Russell Simmons is Having His Own Awards Show, Honoring Will Smith

Days before the Oscars, Russell Simmons is going to host the first-ever All Def Movie Awards, and Will Smith is going to receive their first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Activist, TV writer and producer, Norman Lear will also be honored with the Vanguard Award for his work in entertainment fostering a dialogue on race relations.

The live event will take place at the World Famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on Febraury 24th and will be hosted by Tony Rock, Chris Rock's brother.

Russell mentioned; "Will Smith has broken all barriers in music, film, theater and television. As a Grammy Award-winner, television star and the most accomplished and bankable film artist in the world, Will uses his powerful voice for social change. The All Def Movie Awards are enormously proud to honor Will Smith and his incredible body of work with our first Lifetime Achievement Award."

When reflecting over honoring Norman Lear he mentioned; "As a writer, director, producer and author, Norman has been a true champion for people of color. He shined a light on the marginalized in our society and made us laugh. He wrote aspirational and inspirational roles for minorities. He gave us dignity with "Good Times." He gave the working class a voice in "Sanford and Son." And most important to me, with "The Jeffersons," he showed us that a black man could be rich and successful and do the unthinkable: he could curse at the white man while standing up for what he believes in." This sounds like it will surely be amazing!

Check out the full list of nominees here.

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