An evening filled with Black excellence, the NAACP Image Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of BIPOC in film, television, music, and literature. The 53rd annual award ceremony airs Saturday February 26 on BET.
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"We are thrilled to recognize this year's nominees, who have all brought dynamic, entertaining, and thought-provoking content to our attention through their incredible work in film, television, music and more," said Chairman, Image Awards Committee, Karen Boykin-Towns in a press statement. Kicking off at 8PM ET/PT, the two-hour event will not have an in-person audience, but it will be televised live.
Here’s what you can expect from the 2022 NAACP Image Awards!
Anthony Anderson is hosting the show once again
Multi-NAACP Image Award winner Anthony Anderson is returning as the show's emcee. In fact, this will be Anderson’s ninth time in a row hosting the annual award ceremony. Anderson has won seven Image Awards and a total of 16 nominations.
Mary J. Blige is scheduled to perform
BET and the NAACP recently announced that Mary J. Blige will perform live onstage! The R&B legend has won nine Image Awards, including Outstanding Female Artist. This year, Blige is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Monet Tejada in Starz’s Power Book II.
Samuel L. Jackson is being notably honored
Actor, producer, and former civil rights activist Samuel L. Jackson will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award, a prestigious honor that was previously awarded to Barack Obama, Tyler Perry, Maxine Waters, Danny Glover, and the late John Lewis.
'Entertainer of the Year' has a stacked list of nominees
The nominees for Entertainer of the Year are major stars in film, television, and music! The entire nominees list includes Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Regina King, and Tiffany Haddish.
Presenters include Issa Rae, Kerry Washington, LL Cool J, and more
Additional NAACP presenters are Michael Strahan, Morgan Freeman, Paula Patton, Questlove, Simu Liu, Tiffany Haddish, Zendaya, NAACP President Derrick Johnson and NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell.