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Amy Schumer, Taraji Henson first honorees of “VH1 Big in 2015”

VH1 and Entertainment Weekly will “toast and roast” the celebrities and entertainers that have made an impact on our culture throughout 2015 during the “VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly” set to premiere on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on VH1.

This year’s event will feature Amy Schumer and “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson as they are honored by the people who know them best. Additional honorees will be announced “soon” according to the announcements made by VH1 earlier this morning.

The evening’s honorees are also featured in Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year issue, on sale nationwide November 24, 2015. The special will be taped on Sunday, November 15 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

Amy Schumer had a terrific 2015, including an Emmy Award win for her Comedy Central series, “Inside Amy Schumer,” and a book deal. The popular comedian also hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time and creating and starring in one of the biggest movies of the summer, “Trainwreck.” S

chumer’s frank, smart, sometimes self-deprecating style shines a light on the humor in everyday life that often hides just beneath the surface. Her creativity is equal parts hysterical and relatable, which accounts for her astounding success this year.

Taraji P. Henson or “Cookie” as many of us have learned to call her, is now an Academy Award nominee. Taraji P. Henson stars as in FOX hit series “Empire.” The multi-talented actress earned the praise of critics everywhere and received multiple awards and an Emmy nomination for her role.

“Amy Schumer and Taraji P. Henson dominated the cultural conversation and helped define the biggest moments in pop culture throughout 2015,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of VH1 and Logo Networks. “Entertainment Weekly is the perfect brand to partner with to revive the ‘Big In’ franchise and create an unforgettable night that will bring viewers into the intersection of our two pop culture filters.”

“For EW’s 25th anniversary, I’m thrilled that we are partnering with VH1 to bring our Entertainers of the Year issue—one of our most popular franchises—to life on TV and to expose it to an even bigger audience. VH1 viewers and EW readers are in for a great time as they watch the entertainers who were Big in 2015 celebrate, joke and party with their friends,” said Henry Goldblatt, Editor of Entertainment Weekly.

“VH1 BIG IN 2015 with Entertainment Weekly” will be produced by Den of Thieves. Executive producers include Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Chris Choun and Co-Executive Producer is Barb Bialkowski. Executive Producers for VH1 are Amy Doyle and Ryan Kroft. Executive in Charge of Production for VH1 is Joe Buoye. Executive Producers for Entertainment Weekly are Rich Battista, Jess Cagle, Henry Goldblatt, and Sean Smith.