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52nd NAACP Image Awards Announced

The nominees for the 52nd annual NAACP Image Awards were announced on Tuesday afternoon, honoring people of color working in the entertainment industry, including television, film, music, comedy, literature, and celebrate social justice initiatives.

Brands across Warner Media’s portfolio like Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, HBO, and TBS received nominations across 30 different categories including: “Outstanding Comedy Series,” “Outstanding Children’s Programming,” “Outstanding Variety Series,” and many more.

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards will air on BET on March 27, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET.

Comedy Series:

  • “#blackAF” (Netflix)
  • “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • “Grown-ish” (Freeform)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Cedric the Entertainer – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
  • Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
  • Idris Elba – “In the Long Run” (Starz)
  • Tracy Morgan – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Folake Olowofoyeku – “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS)
  • Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Yara Shahidi – “Grown-ish” (Freeform)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
  • Deon Cole – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Kenan Thompson – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
  • Laurence Fishburne – “Black-ish” (ABC)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Jenifer Lewis – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Marsai Martin – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Natasha Rothwell – “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Tichina Arnold – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
  • Yvonne Orji – “Insecure” (HBO)

Drama Series:

  • “All Rise” (CBS)
  • “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
  • “This Is Us” (NBC)

Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Jonathan Majors – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Keith David – “Greenleaf” (OWN)
  • Nicco Annan – “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Regé-Jean Page – “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Angela Bassett – “9-1-1″ (FOX)
  • Brandee Evans – “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Jurnee Smollett – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Simone Missick – “All Rise” (CBS)
  • Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Clifford “Method Man” Smith – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
  • Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access)
  • J. Alphonse Nicholson – “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Jeffrey Wright – “Westworld” (HBO)
  • Michael Kenneth Williams – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Adjoa Andoh – “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • Aunjanue Ellis – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Lynn Whitfield – “Greenleaf” (OWN)
  • Mary J. Blige – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
  • Susan Kelechi Watson – “This Is Us” (NBC)

TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special:

  • “Hamilton” (Disney+)
  • “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)
  • “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix)
  • “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)
  • “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime)

Actor in a TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special:

  • Blair Underwood – “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix)
  • Chris Rock – “Fargo” (FX)
  • Daveed Diggs – “Hamilton” (Disney+)
  • Leslie Odom Jr. – “Hamilton” (Disney+)
  • Nnamdi Asomugha – “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)

Actress in a TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special:

  • Aunjanue Ellis – “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” (Lifetime)
  • Kerry Washington – “Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu)
  • Michaela Coel – “I May Destroy You” (HBO)
  • Octavia Spencer – “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix)
  • Tessa Thompson – “Sylvie’s Love” (Amazon Studios)

Music Video/Visual Album:

  • “I Can’t Breathe” – H.E.R. (RCA Records/MBK Entertainment)
  • “Anything For You” – Ledisi (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)
  • “Black Is King” – Beyoncé´ (Columbia Records/Parkwood)
  • “Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé feat WizKid, SAINt JHN, Blue Ivy Carter (Columbia Records/Parkwood)
  • “Do It” – Chloe x Halle (Columbia Records/Parkwood)

Soul/R&B Song:

  • “I Can’t Breathe” – H.E.R. (RCA Records/MBK Entertainment)
  • “Anything for You” – Ledisi (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)
  • “B.S.,” feat. H.E.R – Jhené Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)
  • “Black Parade” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood)
  • “Do It” – Chloe x Halle (Columbia Record/Parkwood)

Hip Hop/Rap Song:

  • “Deep Reverence feat. Nipsey Hussle” – Big Sean (Brand Nu/eOne)
  • “Savage Remix” – Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé (300 Entertainment/1501 Certified Ent. LLC)
  • “Cool Off” – Missy Elliott (Atlantic Records)
  • “Laugh Now, Cry Later” – Drake (Republic Records)
  • “Life Is Good” – Future & Drake (Epic Records)

Film

Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge in "One Night in Miami"

Motion Picture:

  • “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • “One Night In Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Actor in a Motion Picture:

  • Anthony Mackie – “The Banker” (Apple)
  • Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • Delroy Lindo – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • Forest Whitaker – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Will Smith – “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture:

  • Issa Rae – “The Photograph” (Universal Pictures)
  • Janelle Monáe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
  • Madalen Mills – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – “The High Note” (Focus Features)
  • Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:

  • Aldis Hodge – “One Night In Miami” (Amazon Studios)
  • Chadwick Boseman – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • Clarke Peters – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • Colman Domingo – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • Glynn Turman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:

  • Anika Noni Rose – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Gabourey Sidibe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
  • Nia Long – “The Banker” (Apple)
  • Phylicia Rashad – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Taylour Paige – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture:

  • “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • “The Banker” (Apple)

Animated Motion Picture:

  • “Onward” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • “Over the Moon” (Netflix)
  • “Scoob!” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • “Soul” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • “Trolls World Tour” (Universal Pictures)

Literature

Author Brit Bennett next to the cover of her book "The Vanishing Half"

Fiction:

  • “Black Bottom Saints” – Alice Randall (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Lakewood” – Megan Giddings (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Riot Baby” – Tochi Onyebuchi (TorDotCom Publishing, imprint of Tom Doherty Associates)
  • “The Awkward Black Man” – Walter Mosley (Grove Atlantic)
  • “The Vanishing Half” – Brit Bennett (Riverhead Books)

Nonfiction:

  • “A Black Women’s History of the United States” – Daina Berry (Beacon Press)
  • “A Promised Land” – Barack Obama (Crown)
  • “Driving While Black” – Gretchen Sorin (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “Long Time Coming: Reckoning With Race in America” – Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s Press)
  • “We’re Better Than This” – Elijah Cummings (HarperCollins Publishers)

Debut Author:

  • “A Knock at Midnight” – Brittany Barnett (Penguin Random House)
  • “Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World” – Cole Brown (Skyhorse)
  • “Lakewood” – Megan Giddings (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “The Compton Cowboys” – Walter Thompson-Hernández (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “We’re Better Than This” – Elijah Cummings (HarperCollins Publishers)

Poetry:

  • “Homie” – Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)
  • “Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry” – John Murillo (Four Way Books)
  • “Seeing the Body” – Rachel Eliza Griffiths (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “The Age of Phillis” – Honorée Jeffers (Wesleyan University Press)
  • “Un-American” – Hafizah Geter (Wesleyan University Press)

Children:

  • “I Promise” – LeBron James, Nina Mata (HarperCollins)
  • “Just Like a Mama” – Alice Faye Duncan, Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (Simon & Schuster)
  • “Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice” – Nikki Grimes, Laura Freeman (Simon & Schuster)
  • “She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm” – Katheryn Russell-Brown, Eric Velasquez (Lee & Low Books)
  • “The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver” – Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison (HarperCollins)

Youth/Teens:

  • “Before the Ever After” – Jacqueline Woodson (Penguin Random House)
  • “Black Brother, Black Brother” – Jewell Parker Rhodes (Hachette Book Group)
  • “Dear Justyce” – Nic Stone (Crown Books for Young Readers)
  • “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning” – Jason Reynolds (Hachette Book Group )
  • “This Is Your Time” – Ruby Bridges (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

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Entertainer of the Year:

  • D-Nice
  • Regina King
  • Trevor Noah
  • Tyler Perry
  • Viola Davis

Social Justice Impact:

  • April Ryan
  • Debbie Allen
  • LeBron James
  • Stacey Abrams
  • Tamika Mallory

Written by Tiara Monroe

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