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The 53rd NAACP Image Awards nominees are in for this year’s biggest night in culture


NAACP Image Awards


Actress Kyla Pratt, “Black-ish” actor Marcus Scribner and singer-songwriter Tinashe virtually announced the nominees for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards via NAACP’s Instagram (@naacpimageawards.)

The annual event will be hosted live by seven-time NAACP Image Awards Winner Anthony Anderson who will reveal the winners.

The two hour special will once again be virtual due to the ongoing changes with COVID-19.

“The BET team is immensely proud to continue our partnership with the NAACP and the annual Image Awards, underpinning our longstanding legacy of celebrating Black Excellence,” said Scott Mills, BET President, and CEO. “It is an extraordinary privilege to provide our unparalleled platforms to recognize the vast contributions of Black creators, in a way that only BET, and NAACP can.”

NAACP will also recognize winners in non-televised Image Awards categories February 21-23, which will stream on, and during the NAACP Image Awards Dinner, which will be held February 25, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Netflix has once again led the nominations across motion picture and television streaming categories. Insecure received the most nominations in the television streaming categories with 52 nominees. 

The beautiful songstress H.E.R. received the most nominations in the music recording categories.

RCA Records received the most nominations across record labels. Amistad leads nominations across literary categories.

Voting is now open to the public to vote for your favorite nominees on and will close February 5.

The star-studded evening is the nation’s most preeminent multicultural awards show from an African-American perspective that celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories spanning film, television streaming, music, literature, and podcasts. 

With podcasting becoming popular these days, this year’s award show will include four new podcast categories: Outstanding News and Information Podcast; Outstanding Lifestyle / Self-Help Podcast; Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast; and Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Podcast.

The “53rd NAACP Image Awards” will be presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored by AT&T, Google, T-Mobile, Bank of America, General Mills, FedEx, and Airbnb and broadcasted live on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT on BET.