The NAACP Image Awards are around the corner, and the nominations have officially been released.
The NAACP Image awards Black creatives within the entertainment industry that have made great efforts in a variety of areas, including TV, film, music, literature, and more. The nominees were announced on Monday, at a joint press conference with NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson and Executive Vice-President, Music Programming & Music Strategy.
“Representation across entertainment and the arts has profound meaning and unparalleled power to shape perceptions, influence culture, and galvanize communities,” said NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson. “This year’s nominees have conveyed a wide range of authentic stories and experiences that have resonated with many, and we’re proud to continue celebrating their outstanding achievements and performances.” “This is a historic occasion for BET Networks, and we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate our network’s 40th anniversary in conjunction with this milestone moment of hosting the NAACP Image Awards,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “It is our distinct privilege to be able to acknowledge contributions of talent in TV, music, movies, and literature, and we look forward to celebrating these contributions next month.”
According to NAACP’s press release, Netflix leads with a total of 42 nominations, with 12 nods in the motion picture categories. The nominees for Entertainer of the Year are Angela Bassett, Billy Porter, Lizzo, Regina King, and Tyler Perry. For Outstanding Talk Series, the nominees are “Red Table Talk,” “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “The Real,” “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” and “The Tamron Hall Show.”
For Outstanding New Artist, Ari Lennox, Lil Nas X, Lucky Daye, Mahalia, and Mykal Kilgore are going head-to-head. Lizzo’s “Cuz I Love You” is in the running for Outstanding Album along with Beyonce’s “Homecoming: The Live Album,” H.E.R.’s “I Used To Know H.E.R.,” “Sketchbook” by Fantasia and “Worthy” by India Arie. To see the full list of nominees visit NAACPImageAwards.net.