The 51st NAACP Image Awards are almost here.
The awards honor people of color in television, music, literature, and film, and also individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Before you sit down to enjoy the show, here are a few things you need to know.
When and Where Are the Awards?
The two-hour broadcast airs live on Saturday, February 22 from Pasadena, California on BET Networks at 8/7c. Other ViacomCBS networks, including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, CMT, LOGO, TV Land, Pop and Smithsonian will simulcast the ceremony.
Five-time NAACP Image Awards Winner Anthony Anderson will return as host of this year’s show, marking his seventh consecutive year in the role.
Performers set to take the stage include Jill Scott and H.E.R. along with Skip Marley. The night will also feature appearances by Cynthia Erivo, Dave Bautista, Evan Alex, Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, JB Smoove, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lena Waithe, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Morgan Freeman, Octavia Spencer, Robin Thede, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Sterling K. Brown, Tamron Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Tip “T.I.” Harris, and Winston Duke.
Netflix leads the nominations, thanks to Dolemite Is My Name and When They See Us. The Focus Features release Harriet also picked up multiple nods.
ABC’s Black-ish has eight nominations, NBC’s This Is Us and OWN’s Queen Sugar landed five each and EPIX’s Godfather of Harlem has four.
In terms of individual performers, Beyoncé has six nominations across various categories, followed by H.E.R. and Lizzo with four each. Here’s a list of all the nominees.
Rihanna, will receive the President’s Award and U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-GA), is getting the NAACP Chairman’s Award during the ceremony.
For the latest information and details on the winners, follow the Image Awards on Twitter @naacpimageaward and on Instagram @naacpimageawards (#NAACPImageAwards).