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NAACP Image AwardWatch for the 2018 NAACP Image Awards TV presentation to air live on January 15, 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This year's host, for the 5th consecutive time, will be "Black-ish" star Anthony Anderson!

Nominees were announced in November. Leading the pack are Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z with five nominations, followed by Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA with 4 nominations.

Nominees for Entertainer of the Year were already announced earlier. Nods went to Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay, Jay Z, Chance The Rapper, and Chadwick Boseman - with voting now open at

For four decades, the NAACP Image Awards have recognized the best in African-American achievements in literature & entertainment, with the most anticipated nods usually associated with current popular TV, movie and music categories.

While the NAACP Image Awards have traditionally only nominated African-American performers and artists, in recent years the list of nominees and winners have included such music stars as Justin Timberlake, and other performers popular with black audiences, as well.

Below, check out the complete list of major 2018 nominees in top categories - plus additional info, trivia and a bit of history behind the NAACP Image Awards.

And keep it here for more updates for the 2018 NAACP Image Awards -- including presenters, performers, and ultimate winners on the big night!

DID YOU KNOW? NAACP Image Awards fun facts

Most wins ever for Best Drama Series.

• The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in 1909. The NAACP Image Awards ceremony was first presented in 1967, and first nationally televised on the Fox Network in 1994.

• Today, the NAACP Image Awards have evolved into “a multi-cultural awards show from an African-American point of view” honoring artists who appeal to multiple ethnicities.

• Except for fan voting on the Entertainer of the Year category, voting rights for the Image Awards are restricted to members of the NAACP only.

• In the Entertainer of the Year category, Dionne Warwick (1986, 1988) ties with Patti LaBelle (1987, 1993) with two wins each.

• For Best Drama series, "Grey's Anatomy" currently holds the record for most wins.

• The record for hosting the NAACP Image Awards goes to actor Anthony Anderson (2015, 2016, 2017) who is now tied with actor and comedian Chris Tucker (2001, 2002, 2005).


2018 NAACP Image Awards Nominees

Ava DuVernay
Bruno Mars
Chadwick Boseman
Chance the Rapper
Issa Rae

Comedy series
"Ballers" (HBO)
"black-ish" (ABC)
"Dear White People" (Netflix)
"Insecure" (HBO)
"Survivor's Remorse" (Starz)

Actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson - "black-ish" (ABC)
Aziz Ansari - "Master of None" (Netflix)
Dwayne Johnson - "Ballers" (HBO)
Keegan-Michael Key - "Friends from College" (Netflix)
RonReaco Lee - "Survivor's Remorse" (Starz)

Actress in a comedy series
Danielle Brooks - "Orange Is the New Black" (Netflix)
Issa Rae - "Insecure" (HBO)
Loretta Devine - "The Carmichael Show" (NBC)
Niecy Nash - "Claws" (TNT)
Tracee Ellis Ross - "black-ish " (ABC)

Drama Series
"Greenleaf" (OWN)
"Power" (Starz)
"Queen Sugar" (OWN)
"This Is Us" (NBC)
"Underground" (WGN America)

Actor in a drama series
Kofi Siriboe - "Queen Sugar" (OWN)
Mike Colter - "Marvel's the Defenders" (Netflix)
Omari Hardwick - "Power" (Starz)
Sterling K. Brown - "This Is Us " (NBC)
Terrence Howard - "Empire" (FOX)

Actress in a drama series
Jurnee Smollett-Bell - "Underground" (WGN America)
Kerry Washington - "Scandal" (ABC)
Rutina Wesley - "Queen Sugar" (OWN)
Taraji P. Henson - "Empire" (FOX)
Viola Davis - "How to Get Away With Murder" (ABC)

Television movie, limited-series or dramatic special
"Flint" (Lifetime)
"Shots Fired" (FOX)
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (HBO)
"The New Edition Story" (BET)
"When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story" (TV One)

Talk series

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC)
"Super Soul Sunday" (OWN)
"The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" (Comedy Central)
"The Real" (Syndicated)
"The View" (ABC)

Performance by a youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)

Caleb McLaughlin - "Stranger Things" (Netflix)
Ethan Hutchison - "Queen Sugar" (OWN)
Lonnie Chavis - "This Is Us" (NBC)
Marsai Martin - "black-ish" (ABC)
Michael Rainey - "Power" (Starz)

New Artist

Demetria McKinney - "Officially Yours" (eOne Music)
Kevin Ross - "The Awakening" (Motown/Capitol Records)
Khalid - "American Teen" (RCA Records/Right Hand Music Group)
SZA - “Ctrl" (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
Vic Mensa - “The Autobiography” (Roc Nation/Capitol Records)

Male artist

Brian McKnight - "Genesis" (SoNo Recording Group)
Bruno Mars - "Versace On the Floor" (Atlantic Records)
Charlie Wilson - "In It to Win It" (RCA Records/P Music Group)
Jay-Z - "4:44" (Roc Nation)
Kendrick Lamar - "DAMN" (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Female artist

Andra Day - "Stand Up For Something" (Warner Bros. Records)
Beyoncé - "Die With You" (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
Ledisi - "Let Love Rule" (Verve Label Group)
Mary J. Blige - "Strength of a Woman" (Capitol Records)
SZA - "Ctrl" (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)


"4:44" - Jay-Z (Roc Nation)
"DAMN" - Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
"Genesis" - Brian McKnight (SoNo Recording Group)
"In It To Win It" - Charlie Wilson (RCA Records/P Music Group)
"Strength of a Woman" - Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Literary work - Fiction
"Little Fires Everywhere" - Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House)
"No One Is Coming to Save Us" - Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)
"Sing, Unburied, Sing" - Jesmyn Ward (Simon and Schuster)
"The Annotated African American Folktales" - Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Author), Maria Tatar (Author) (Liveright Publishing Corporation)
"The Wide Circumference of Love" - Marita Golden (Skyhorse Publishing Inc.)

Literary work - Non-Fiction
"Black Detroit – A People’s History of Self-Determination" - Herb Boyd (HarperCollins Publishers)
"Chokehold: Policing Black Men" - Paul Butler (The New Press)
"Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies" - Dick Gregory (HarperCollins Publishers)
"The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas" - Adrian Miller (University of North Carolina Press)
"We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy" - Ta-Nehisi Coates (Random House)

Motion picture
"Detroit" (Annapurna Pictures)
"Get Out" (Universal Pictures)
"Girls Trip" (Universal Pictures)
"Marshall" (Open Road Films)
"Roman J. Israel, Esq." (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Actor in a motion picture
Algee Smith - "Detroit" (Annapurna Pictures)
Chadwick Boseman - "Marshall" (Open Road Films)
Daniel Kaluuya - "Get Out" (Universal Pictures)
Denzel Washington - "Roman J. Israel, Esq." (Columbia Pictures)
Idris Elba - "The Mountain Between Us" (20th Century Fox)

Actress in a motion picture
Amandla Stenberg - "Everything, Everything" (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Danai Gurira - "All Eyez on Me" (Summit Entertainment)
Halle Berry - "Kidnap" (Aviron Pictures)
Natalie Paul - "Crown Heights" (Amazon Studios)
Octavia Spencer - "Gifted" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Independent motion picture
"Detroit" (Annapurna Pictures)
"Last Flag Flying" (Amazon Studios)
"Mudbound" (Netflix)
"Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" (Annapurna Pictures)
"Wind River" (Acacia Filmed Entertainment)

Writing in a comedy series
Aziz Ansari - “Master of None” - Thanksgiving (Netflix)
Janine Barrois - “Claws” - Batsh*t (TNT)
Justin Simien - “Dear White People” - Chapter 1 (Netflix)
Issa Rae - “Insecure” - Hella Great (HBO)
Issa Rae - “Insecure” - Hella Perspective (HBO)

Writing in a dramatic series
Anthony Sparks - "Queen Sugar" - What Do I Care for Morning (OWN)
Ava DuVernay - "Queen Sugar" - Dream Variations (OWN)
Erica Anderson - "Greenleaf" - The Bear (OWN)
Gina Prince-Bythewood - "Shots Fired" - Hour One: Pilot (FOX)
Vera Herbert - "This Is Us" - Still Here (NBC)

Writing in a television movie or special
Abdul Williams - "The New Edition Story" - Night Two (BET)
Alison McDonald - "An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life" (Amazon)
Cas Sigers-Beedles - "When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story" (TV One)
May Chan - "An American Girl Story - Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance" (Amazon)
Peter Landesman, Alexander Woo, George C. Wolfe - "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" (HBO)

Writing in a motion picture

Dee Rees, Virgil Williams - "Mudbound" (Netflix)
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani - "The Big Sick" (Amazon Studios)
Jordan Peele - "Get Out" (Universal Pictures)
Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver - "Girls Trip" (Universal Pictures)
Mark Boal - "Detroit" (Annapurna Pictures)

Directing in a comedy series
Anton Cropper - "black-ish" - Juneteenth (ABC)
Barry Jenkins - "Dear White People" - Chapter 5 (Netflix)
Justin Simien - "Dear White People" - Chapter 1 (Netflix)
Spike Lee - "She's Gotta Have It" - #NolasChoice (Netflix)
Ken Whittingham - "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" - Kimmy Bites an Onion! (Netflix)

Directing in a dramatic series
Carl Franklin - "13 Reasons Why" - Tape 5, Side B (Netflix)
Ernest R. Dickerson - "The Deuce" - Show and Prove (HBO)
Gina Prince-Bythewood - "Shots Fired" - Hour One: Pilot (FOX)
Jeffrey Byrd - "Switched at Birth" - Occupy Truth (Freeform)
Jonathan Demme - "Shots Fired" Hour Six: The Fire This Time (FOX)

Directing in a television movie or special
Allen Hughes - "The Defiant Ones" (HBO)
Chris Robinson - "The New Edition Story" - Night 1 (BET)
Codie Elaine Oliver - "Black Love" (OWN)
Kevin Hooks - "Madiba " - Night 2 (BET)
Mark Ford - "Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G." (A&E)

Directing in a motion picture
Dee Rees - "Mudbound" (Netflix)
Jordan Peele - "Get Out" (Universal Pictures)
Malcolm D. Lee - "Girls Trip" (Universal Pictures)
Reginald Hudlin - "Marshall" (Open Road Films)
Stella Meghie - "Everything, Everything" (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

More about the NAACP Image Awards around the Web

NAACP Image Awards - The official site, featuring nominees and past winners, image gallery, downloadable videos, and a complete three-page history of the Image Awards.

NAACP Image Awards - Wikipedia - Complete background, noted controversial nominees, category list, links to related news stories.

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