Lenny Kravitz, Will Ferrell, Ted Danson to headline CNN Heroes tribute show


Watch “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” live Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Ted Danson knows all about being naughty or nice as the star of NBC’s hit comedy “The Good Place,” a show about changing your ways to get into heaven.

Danson, along with rocker Lenny Kravitz, funnyman Will Ferrell and other top names in entertainment will gather to celebrate 10 everyday people whose good deeds make a difference around the world at this year’s “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.”

ABC’s Kelly Ripa will join CNN’s Anderson Cooper to host the show, which airs live Sunday on CNN at 8 p.m. ET.

Each of the heroes will receive a $10,000 cash prize. One of the 10 will be named “CNN Hero of the Year,” and receive an additional $100,000 for his or her cause.

This year’s award presenters include actors Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” Danai Gurira of “Black Panther,” and Uzo Aduba of “Orange Is the New Black.” (Click here for the full list of presenters)

The program will also honor five young people who are working to improve their communities and the world. Elsie Fisher, star of the film “Eighth Grade,” Rohan Chand of “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” and Darby Camp of “Big Little Lies” are set to salute these CNN Heroes Young Wonders.

The Grammy-winning Kravitz will perform “Here to Love” from his album “Raise Vibration.”

This year’s top 10 CNN Heroes include a doctor fighting to break the cycle of violence, a woman who helps the injured walk again and a teacher who uses the power of writing to heal:

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin left a high status career to teach computer programming to girls in Lagos, Nigeria. Her Pearls Africa Foundation has helped more than 400 disadvantaged young women.

Maria Rose Belding

Maria Rose Belding has helped to distribute 1.8 million pounds of food with the online platform MEANS, which puts businesses that have extra food in touch with charities that feed the hungry.

Amanda Boxtel