Denzel Washington to Host Nobel Peace Concert

Denzel Washington holds his Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "Fences" in New York, Sunday, June 13, 2010. (AP Photo/David Goldman) David Goldman

Denzel Washington holds his Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "Fences" in New York, Sunday, June 13, 2010.
AP Photo/David Goldman
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will host this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, organizers said Thursday.

Artists including British pop band Florence and the Machine, U.S. pop singer Colbie Caillat, pianist Herbie Hancock and singer-songwriter Elvis Costello will also perform at the show on Dec. 11, a day after the award ceremony in Oslo.

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"I am honored to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Concert this year and participate in this historic and momentous event to help spread the message of global peace," Washington, who is also a Tony winner this year for his role in the play "Fences," said in a statement.

The 55-year-old American has won Oscars for best supporting actor in the civil war film "Glory" in 1990 and for best actor in "Training Day" in 2002.

American actor Will Smith and his wife, the actress Jada Pinkett Smith, hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert last year, honoring the 2009 peace prize laureate and Smith fan Barack Obama.

"We're thrilled to have Mr. Washington join us to host this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert," said Geir Lundestad, secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. "He is the perfect ambassador for this event, which celebrates peace through music and illuminates the notable contributions of the Nobel laureate."

The winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo on Oct. 8. The award is always handed out Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.

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