NAACP Image Awards ceremony highlights Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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The 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards were unveiled on Saturday night, with returning eight-time winner Anthony Anderson hosting, an A special appearance by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, accepting the President’s Award as a highlight of the evening.

As People reported, Prince Harry thanked the Black community for “welcoming me so warmly,” and Markle tied their award to ongoing political debates over voting rights legislation.

“It’s inspiring to think about the legacy of the Image Awards, which began shortly after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed into law,” she said. “Today, we can continue that legacy by re-establishing federal voting protections in our country and fulfilling the work of civil rights giants, like the late John Lewis.”

The couple also acknowledged the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Harry saying, “We would like to acknowledge the people of Ukraine, urgently need our continued support as a global community.”

The ceremony also included Tiffany Haddish, Kerry Washington, Issa Rae, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J, Questlove, Zendaya and more presenting award. Samuel L. Jackson accepted the NAACP Chairman’s Award, while Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of The 1619 Project, received the Social Justice Impact Award.

The complete list of nominees and winners include:

Social Justice Impact

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Chairman’s Award

Samuel L. Jackson

President’s Award

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Entertainer of the Year

Jennifer Hudson (WINNER)

Lil Nas X

Megan Thee Stallion

Regina King

Tiffany Haddish


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Jonathan Majors, The Harder They Fall

LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Mahershala Ali, Swan Song

Will Smith, King Richard (WINNER)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Halle Berry, Bruised

Jennifer Husdon, Respect (WINNER)

Tessa Thompson, Passing

Zendaya, Malcolm & Marie

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Algee Smith, Judas and the Black Messiah

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah (WINNER)

Delroy Lindo, The Harder They Fall

Idris Elba, The Harder They Fall

Lakeith Stanfield, The Harder They Fall

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Audra Mcdonald, Respect

Danielle Deadwyler, The Harder They Fall

Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah

Regina King, The Harder They Fall (WINNER)

Outstanding Motion Picture

Judas and the Black Messiah

King Richard


The Harder They Fall (WINNER)

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

American Skin



Test Pattern

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Outstanding International Motion Picture

7 Prisoners (WINNER)

African America

Eyimofe (This is My Desire)


The GraveDigger’s Wife

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Ariana Debose, West Side Story

Danny Boyd, Jr., Bruised (WINNER)

Jalon Christian, A Journal For Jordan

Lonnie Chavis, The Water Man

Sheila Atim, Bruised

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

Coming 2 America

Judas and The Black Messiah

King Richard


The Harder They Fall (WINNER)

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture

Encanto (WINNER)


Raya and The Last Dragon

Sing 2


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture

Andre Braugher, Spirit Untamed

AwkwaFina, Raya and the Last Dragon

Brian Tyree Henry, Vivo

Eric Andre, Sing 2

Letitia Wright, Sing 2 (WINNER)

Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action)

Aurinko In Adagio


The Ice Cream Stop

These Final Hours

When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon’ Ilanga) – (WINNER)

Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)


Robin Robin

She Dreams at Sunrise

Twenty Something

Us Again (WINNER)

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Jamila Wignot, Ailey

Jeymes Samuel, The Harder They Fall (WINNER)

Liesl Tommy, Respect

Rebecca Hall, Passing

Outstanding Documentary (Film)


Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power (WINNER)

My Name Is Pauli Murray

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)


Outstanding Documentary (Television)

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything

American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free

Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (WINNER)

Insecure Documentary


Outstanding Comedy Series



Insecure (WINNER)

Run the World

The Upshaws

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish (WINNER)

Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams, The Wonder Years

Jay Ellis, Insecure

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Issa Rae, Insecure (WINNER)

Loretta Devine, Family Reunion

Regina Hall, Black Monday

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Deon Cole, black-ish (WINNER)

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

Kendrick Sampson, Insecure

Laurence Fishburne, black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Amanda Seales, Insecure

Jenifer Lewis, black-ish

Marsai Martin, black-ish

Natasha Rothwell, Insecure (WINNER)

Wanda Sykes, The Upshaws

Outstanding Drama Series


All American

Godfather of Harlem


Queen Sugar (WINNER)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Porter, Pose

Damson Idris, Snowfall

Forest Whitaker, Godfather of Harlem

Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar

Sterling K. Brown, This is Us (WINNER)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Angela Bassett, 9-1-1 (WINNER)

Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Queen Sugar

Octavia Spencer, Truth Be Told

Queen Latifah, The Equalizer

Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Power Book II: Ghost (WINNER)

Alex R. Hibbert, The Chi

Daniel Ezra, All American

Giancarlo Esposito, Godfather of Harlem

Joe Morton, Our Kind of People

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard, SEE

Bianca Lawson, Queen Sugar

Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

Mary J. Blige, Power Book II: Ghost (WINNER)

Susan Kelechi Watson, This is Us

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Colin in Black & White (WINNER)

Genius: Aretha

Love Life

Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

The Underground Railroad

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Anthony Mackie, Solos

Jaden Michael, Colin in Black & White

Kevin Hart, True Story (WINNER)

Wesley Snipes, True Story

William Jackson Harper, Love Life

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Betty Gabriel, Clickbait

Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha

Danielle Brooks, Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Jodie Turner-Smith, Anne Boleyn

Taraji P. Henson, Annie Live! (WINNER)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Courtney B. Vance, Genius: Aretha (WINNER)

Keith David, Black As Night

Tituss Burgess, Annie Live!

Will Catlett, True Story

William Jackson Harper, The Underground Railroad

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Anika Noni Rose, Maid

Natasha Rothwell, The White Lotus

Pauletta Washington, Genius: Aretha

Regina Hall, Nine Perfect Strangers (WINNER)

Sheila Atim, The Underground Railroad

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

Blood on Black Wall Street: The Legacy of the Tulsa Massacre

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

Soul of A Nation

The ReidOut (WINNER)


Outstanding Talk Series

Desus & Mero

Hart to Heart

Red Table Talk (WINNER)

Tamron Hall

The Real

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series)

Celebrity Family Feud

Iyanla: Fix My Life

Sweet Life: Los Angeles

The Voice

Wild ‘n Out (WINNER)

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)

A Black Lady Sketch Show

BET Awards 2021

Dave Chappelle: The Closer

Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (WINNER)

Outstanding Children’s Program

Ada Twist, Scientist

Family Reunion (WINNER)

Karma’s World

Raven’s Home

Waffles + Mochi

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

Alayah “Lay Lay” High, That Girl Lay Lay

Celina Smith, Annie Live!

Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams, The Wonder Years

Eris Baker, This Is Us

Miles Brown, black-ish (WINNER)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Joy Reid, The Reidout

Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez, Desus & Mero

Garcelle Beauvais, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai Jenkins, The Real

Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Willow Smith, Red Table Talk (WINNER)

LeBron James, The Shop: Uninterrupted

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Alfonso Ribeiro, America’s Funniest Home Videos

Amber Ruffin, The Amber Ruffin Show

Cedric The Entertainer, 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Iyanla Vanzant, Iyanla: Fix My Life

Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (WINNER)

Outstanding Guest Performance

Alani “La La” Anthony, The Chi

Christina Elmore, Insecure

Daniel Kaluuya, Saturday Night Live

Erika Alexander, Run the World

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live (WINNER)

Outstanding Animated Series

Big Mouth

Peanut Headz: Black History Toonz

Super Sema

We The People (WINNER)


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)

Angela Bassett, Malika: The Lion Queen

Billy Porter, Fairfax

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Karma’s World

Cree Summer, Rugrats (WINNER)

Keke Palmer, Big Mouth

Outstanding Short-Form Series – Comedy or Drama

Between the Scenes – The Daily Show (WINNER)

Dark Humor

Della Mae

The Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator

Two Sides: Unfaithful

Outstanding Short-Form Series or Special – Reality/Nonfiction

Life By The Horns

Memory Builds The Monument

Widen the Screen: 8:46 Films

Through Our Eyes: Shelter

Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day (WINNER)

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television)

Angel Kristi Williams, Colin in Black & White (WINNER)

Cierra Glaude, Queen Sugar

Deborah Riley Draper, The Legacy of Black Wall Street

Halcyon Person, Karma’s World

Quyen Tran, Maid


Outstanding New Artist

Cynthia Erivo

Jimmie Allen

Saweetie (WINNER)


Zoe Wees

Outstanding Male Artist

Anthony Hamilton (WINNER)



J. Cole

Lil Nas X

Outstanding Female Artist


Ari Lennox



Jazmine Sullivan (WINNER)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album

Anthems & Glory – Todd Dulaney

Believe For It – CeCe Winans

Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. – Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music

Overcomer – Tamela Mann (WINNER)

Power – Jason McGee & The Choir

Outstanding International Song

“Essence” – Wizkid feat. Tems and Justin Bieber (WINNER)

“Peru” – Fireboy DML

“Somebody’s Son” – Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy

“Touch It” – KiDi

“Understand” – Omah Lay

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

“Best Friend” – Saweetie feat. Doja Cat

“Essence” – Wizkid feat. Tems (WINNER)

“Fye Fye” – Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe

“Have Mercy” – Chlöe

“Leave The Door Open” – Silk Sonic

Outstanding Album

An Evening with Silk Sonic – Silk Sonic

Back of My Mind – H.E.R.

Certified Lover Boy – Drake

Heaux Tales – Jazmine Sullivan (WINNER)

When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time – Givēon

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

Coming 2 America – Eddie Murphy, Craig Brewer, Kevin Misher, Randy Spendlove, Jeff Harleston, Brittney Ramsdell

Judas and the Black Messiah – Mark Isham and Craig Harris

Respect – Jason Michael Webb and Stephen Bray

The Harder They Fall (The Motion Picture Soundtrack) – JAY-Z and Jeymes Samuel (WINNER)

The United States vs. Billie Holiday- Salaam Remi, Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq, Warren “E” Felder, Downtown Trevor Brown

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song

“Believe For It” – CeCe Winans

“Help Me” – Tamela Mann feat. The Fellas (WINNER)

“Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)” – H.E.R. and Tauren Wells

“Overcome 2021” – Kirk Franklin

“Time for Reparations” – Sounds of Blackness

Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental

Forever…Jaz – Jazmin Ghent

Love Languages – Nathan Mitchell

Somewhere Different – Brandee Younger

Sounds from the Ancestors – Kenny Garrett (WINNER)

The Magic of Now – Orrin Evans

Outstanding Jazz Album – Vocal

Dear Love – Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force

Generations – The Baylor Project (WINNER)

Ledisi Sings Nina – Ledisi

Let There Be Love – Freda Payne

SALSWING! – Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song

“Damage” – H.E.R.

“Be Alive” – Beyoncé

“Have Mercy” – Chlöe

“Leave The Door Open” – Silk Sonic

“Pick Up Your Feelings” – Jazmine Sullivan (WINNER)

Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song

“Best Friend” – Saweetie feat. Doja Cat

“Fye Fye” – Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe (WINNER)

“Industry Baby” – Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow

“My Life” – J. Cole feat. 21 Savage and Morray

“Way 2 Sexy” – Drake

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)

Anthony Hamilton feat. Jennifer Hudson – “Superstar”

Chlöe x Halle – “Georgia On My Mind”

Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open” (WINNER)

Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R. – “Girl Like Me”

Leela James feat. Anthony Hamilton – “Complicated (Remix)”

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)

Chris Brown feat. Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk and Latto – “Go Crazy (Remix)”

Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe – “Fye Fye” (WINNER)

Drake feat. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”

H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown – “Come Through”

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Ashley Nicole Black – Ted Lasso – “Do the Right-est Thing”

Issa Rae – Insecure -“Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!” (WINNER)

Leann Bowen – Ted Lasso – “Lavender”

Maya Erskine – Pen15 – “Blue in Green”

Temi Wilkey – Sex Education – “Episode #3.6”

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Aurin Squire – Evil – “C Is For Cop”

Davita Scarlett – The Good Fight – “And the Firm Had Two Partners…” (WINNER)

Malcolm Spellman – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – “New World Order”

Nkechi Okoro Carroll – All American – “Homecoming”

Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy – Pose – “Series Finale”

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special

Abdul Williams – Salt-N-Pepa (WINNER)

Mario Miscione, Marcella Ochoa – Madres

Monique N. Matthew – A Holiday In Harlem

Sameer Gardezi – Hot Mess Holiday

Sherman Payne – Black As Night

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris – Zola

Jeymes Samuel, Boaz Yakin – The Harder They Fall

Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas – Judas and the Black Messiah (WINNER)

Virgil Williams – A Journal for Jordan

Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele – Candyman


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle – South Side – “Tornado” (WINNER)

Melina Matsoukas – Insecure – “Reunited, Okay?!”

Neema Barnette – Harlem – “Once Upon A Time in Harlem”

Prentice Penny – Insecure – “Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!”

Tiffany Johnson – Black Monday – “Eight!”

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Anthony Hemingway – Genius: Aretha “Respect”

Barry Jenkins – The Underground Railroad – “Indiana Winter” (WINNER)

Carl Seaton – Snowfall – “Fight or Flight”

Carl Seaton – Godfather of Harlem – “The Bonanno Split”

Hanelle Culpepper – True Story – “Like Cain Did Abel”

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special

Jaffar Mahmood – Hot Mess Holiday

Kenny Leon – Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (WINNER)

Mario Van Peebles – Salt-N-Pepa

Maritte Lee Go – Black As Night

Veronica Rodriguez – Let’s Get Merried

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Denzel Washington – A Journal for Jordan

Jeymes Samuel – The Harder They Fall

Lin-Manuel Miranda – tick tick…BOOM!

Reinaldo Marcus Green – King Richard

Shaka King – Judas and the Black Messiah (WINNER)

Outstanding Directing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture)

Andre Gaines – The One and Only Dick Gregory

Dawn Porter – Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer

Sam Pollard – MLK/FBI

Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren – Black and Missing (WINNER)

Spike Lee – NYC Epicenters 9/11➔2021½


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

Harlem Shuffle – Colson Whitehead

Libertie – Kaitlyn Greenidge

Long Division – Kiese Laymon (WINNER)

The Man Who Lived Underground – Richard Wright

The Perishing – Natashia Deón

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

Dance Theatre of Harlem – Judy Tyrus, Paul Novosel

Just As I Am – Cicely Tyson

My Remarkable Journey – Katherine Johnson

Renegades: Born in the USA – Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story – Nikole Hannah-Jones (WINNER)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

Just As I Am – Cicely Tyson (WINNER)

My Remarkable Journey – Katherine Johnson

Other Black Girl: A Novel – Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois – Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts – Rebecca Hal

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

Just As I Am – Cicely Tyson

Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement – Tarana Burke

Unprotected: A Memoir – Billy Porter

Until I Am Free – Keisha Blain

Will – Will Smith (WINNER)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

Diversity Is Not Enough: A Roadmap to Recruit, Develop and Promote Black Leaders in America – Keith Wyche

Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business) – Tabitha Brown (WINNER)

Permission to Dream – Chris Gardner

Teaching Black History to White People – Leonard N. Moore

The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations – Robert Livingston

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Perfect Black – Crystal Wilkinson (WINNER)

Playlist for the Apocalypse – Rita Dove

Such Color: New and Selected Poems – Tracy K. Smith

The Wild Fox of Yemen – Threa Almontaser

What Water Knows: Poems – Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy – Misty Copeland

Change Sings – Amanda Gorman, Loren Long

Stacey’s Extraordinary Words – Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas (WINNER)

Time for Bed, Old House – Janet Costa Bates, A.G. Ford

When Langston Dances – Kaija Langley, Keith Mallett

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

Ace of Spades – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (WINNER)

Happily Ever Afters – Elise Bryant

The Cost of Knowing – Brittney Morris

When You Look Like Us – Pamela N. Harris

Wings of Ebony – J. Elle


Outstanding News and Information Podcast


After the Uprising: The Death of Danyé Dion Jones

Blindspot: Tulsa Burning (WINNER)

Into America


Outstanding Lifestyle/Self-Help Podcast

Checking In with Michelle Williams

The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema

The SonRise Project Podcast

Two Funny Mamas: Sherri Shepherd & Kym Whitley (WINNER)

Under Construction w/ Tamar Braxton

Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast

Beyond the Scenes – The Daily Show

Jemele Hill is Unbothered (WINNER)

Professional Troublemaker

Questlove Supreme

Super Soul Podcast

Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Podcast

Club Shay Shay podcast with Shannon Sharpe

Jemele Hill is Unbothered (WINNER)

Questlove Supreme

Reasonably Shady

The History of Sketch Comedy with Keegan-Michael Key

Social Media Personality of the Year Nominees

@Euniquejg – Eunique Jones GIbson

@KevOnStage – Kevin Fredericks

@Laronhinesofficial – Laron Hines (WINNER)

@_Lyneezy – Lanae Vanee

@Terrellgrice – Terrell Grice