November 14th, 2014

Celebrity Lineup for 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Airing Sunday, December 7 at 8 PM ET: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Leguizamo, Taye Diggs, Christina Hendricks, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Rosie Perez, Morgan Spurlock and Questlove 

Musical Performances by Trisha Yearwood and Sheryl Crow 

Quvenzhané Wallis, Nick Jonas, and Tyler James Williams Present Young Wonder Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, and Rosie Perez, co-host of The View, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show.

Each celebrity presenter will join one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes on stage to share their inspirational story.

During the celebration, the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year will be announced.

Quvenzhané Wallis, Oscars’ youngest Best Actress nominee and star of the upcoming film remake of Annie, Nick Jonas, actor, singer-songwriter, and Tyler James Williams, actor and star of Everybody Hates Chris and The Walking Dead, will also recognize youths who are being honored by CNN as Young Wonders.

Capping off the evening will be musical performances by multi-platinum selling, three-time Grammy Award-winning powerhouse vocalist Trisha Yearwood who will perform her new single, PrizeFighter, and nine-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

Now in its eighth year, the Peabody Award-winning, Emmy-nominated CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute has received more than 50,000 nominations from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200 everyday heroes doing extraordinary work.

Stories and videos of the Top Ten Heroes can be found at CNNHeroes.com. Supporters of the Top Ten CNN Heroes may make a direct charitable donation to their designated nonprofits by using Amazon Payments through December 31, 2014.

Social media users are encouraged to “like” CNN Heroes on Facebook, follow @CNNHeroes on Twitter, and use hashtag #CNNHeroes. Behind-the-scenes images can be viewed on CNN Heroes’ Instagram account.

About CNN Worldwide
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Press Contact: April Andrews, april.andrews@cnn.com

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Note: Additional celebrity presenter announcements are forthcoming