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NAACP Image AwardStay tuned for the landmark 50th anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards when a stellar presentation airs live on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Meanwhile, keep it here for updates as they are announced, including a complete list of nominees, performers, presenters and big winners come January!

Now entering its fifth decade, 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 artists, in recent years the nominees and winners have included such music stars as Justin Timberlake, and other performers popular with black audiences, as well.

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

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 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. 2018) followed by actor and comedian Chris Tucker (2001, 2002, 2005).


2018 NAACP Image Awards Nominees & * Winners

* Ava DuVernay
Bruno Mars
Chadwick Boseman
Chance the Rapper
Issa Rae

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

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

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

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

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

Talk series

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

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

Male artist

* Bruno Mars - "Versace On the Floor" (Atlantic Records)
Brian McKnight - "Genesis" (SoNo Recording Group)
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

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


* "DAMN" - Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
"4:44" - Jay-Z (Roc Nation)
"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
* "The Annotated African American Folktales" - Henry Louis Gates Jr., Maria Tatar (Liveright Publishing Corporation)
"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 Wide Circumference of Love" - Marita Golden (Skyhorse Publishing Inc.)

Literary work - Non-Fiction
* "Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies" - Dick Gregory (HarperCollins Publishers)
"Black Detroit – A People’s History of Self-Determination" - Herb Boyd (HarperCollins Publishers)
"Chokehold: Policing Black Men" - Paul Butler (The New Press)
"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
* "Girls Trip" (Universal Pictures)
"Detroit" (Annapurna Pictures)
"Get Out" (Universal Pictures)
"Marshall" (Open Road Films)
"Roman J. Israel, Esq." (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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

Actress in a motion picture
* Octavia Spencer - "Gifted" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
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)

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
* Janine Barrois - “Claws” - Batsh*t (TNT)
Aziz Ansari - “Master of None” - Thanksgiving (Netflix)
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
* Gina Prince-Bythewood - "Shots Fired" (FOX)
Anthony Sparks - "Queen Sugar" - What Do I Care for Morning (OWN)
Ava DuVernay - "Queen Sugar" - Dream Variations (OWN)
Erica Anderson - "Greenleaf" - The Bear (OWN)
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

* Jordan Peele - "Get Out" (Universal Pictures)
Dee Rees, Virgil Williams - "Mudbound" (Netflix)
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani - "The Big Sick" (Amazon Studios)
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
* Jordan Peele - "Get Out" (Universal Pictures)
Dee Rees - "Mudbound" (Netflix)
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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