53rd NAACP Image Awards Nominees Announced

53rd NAACP Image Awards Nominees Announced


The NAACP has announced the nominees for its 53rd Image Awards. 

In the music field, H.E.R. leads with six nominations, including Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Album (Back of My Mind) and Outstanding Soul/R&B Song (“Damage”).

Jazmine Sullivan gained four nods, including Outstanding Album (Heaux Tales) and Outstanding Female Artist. Silk Sonic and Anthony Hamilton scored three nominations each.

R&B acts made a presence outside of music, as well. In the Outstanding Lifestyle/Self-Help Podcast category, Michelle Williams and Tamar Braxton both earned a nomination for their respective podcasts. 

β€œWe are thrilled to recognize this year’s nominees, who have all brought dynamic, entertaining, and thought provoking content to our attention through their incredible work in film, television, music and more,” said Karen Boykin-Towns, chairman of the Image Awards committee.

BET’s President/CEO Scott Mills added, β€œThe 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.

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.”

Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the 53rd NAACP Image Awards will air on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. EST on BET.

Internationally, the show will air on BET Africa at 20:00 CAT on Feb. 27, followed by BET France on March 2, at 8:45 p.m. CEST. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning March 1.

Outstanding Female Artist


Ari Lennox



Jazmine Sullivan

Outstanding Male Artist

Anthony Hamilton



J. Cole

Lil Nas X

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song

“Damage” β€” H.E.R.

“Be Alive” β€” BeyoncΓ©

“Have Mercy” β€” ChlΓΆe

“Leave The Door Open” β€” Silk Sonic

“Pick Up Your Feelings” β€” Jazmine Sullivan

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)

Anthony Hamilton feat. Jennifer Hudson β€” “Superstar” 

Chloe x Halle β€” “Georgia on My Mind”

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

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

Silk Sonic β€” “Leave The Door Open”

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)

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

Doja Cat feat. SZA β€” “Kiss Me More”

Drake feat. Future and Young Thug β€” “Way 2 Sexy”

H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown β€” “Come Through”

Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe β€” “Fye Fye”

Outstanding Album

An Evening With Silk Sonic β€”  Silk Sonic

Back of My Mind β€” H.E.R.

Certified Lover Boy β€” Drake

Heaux Tales β€” Jazmine Sullivan

When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time β€” Giveon

Outstanding Jazz Album – Vocal 

Dear Love β€” Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force

Generations β€” The Baylor Project

Ledisi Sings Nina β€” Ledisi

Let There Be Love β€” Freda Payne

SALSWING! β€” RubΓ©n Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

“Best Friend” β€” Saweetie feat. Doja Cat 

“Essence” β€” Wizkid feat. Tems

“Fye Fye” β€” Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe

“Have Mercy” β€” ChlΓΆe 

“Leave The Door Open” β€” Silk Sonic 

Outstanding International Song

“Essence” β€” Wizkid feat. Tems and Justin Bieber

“Peru” β€” Fireboy DML

“Somebody’s Son” β€” Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy

“Touch It” β€” Kidi

“Understand” β€” Omah Lay

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

Coming 2 America (Amazon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Eddie Murphy, Craig Brewer, Kevin Misher,Randy Spendlove, Jeff Harleston, Brittney Ramsdell (Def Jam Recordings)

Judas and the Black Messiah (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Mark Isham and Craig Harris (WaterTower Music)

Respect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Jason Michael Webb and Stephen Bray (Epic Records)

The Harder They Fall (The Motion Picture Soundtrack) – JAY-Z and Jeymes Samuel (Geneva Club / Roc Nation Records, LLC)

The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Music from the Motion Picture) – Salaam Remi, Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq, Warren β€œE” Felder, Downtown Trevor Brown (Warner Records)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song

“Believe For It” β€” CeCe Winans

“Help Me” β€” Tamela Mann feat. The Fellas

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

“Overcome 2021” β€” Kirk Franklin

“Time for Reparations” β€” Sounds of Blackness

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 

Under Construction with Tamar Braxton

Entertainer of the Year

Jennifer Hudson

Lil Nas X

Megan Thee Stallion

Regina King

Tiffany Haddish

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Andra Day β€” The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Hulu Original / New Slate Ventures / Lee Daniels Entertainment / Roth-Krischenbaum Films)
Halle Berry β€” Bruised (Netflix)
Jennifer Hudson β€” Respect (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)
Tessa Thompson β€” Passing (Netflix)
Zendaya β€” Malcolm & Marie (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard β€”See (Apple TV+)
Bianca Lawson β€” Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Chandra Wilsonβ€” Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Mary J. Blige β€” Power Book II: Ghost (Starz)
Susan Kelechi Watson β€” This is Us (NBC)

See the full list of 2022 NAACP Image Awards nominees here.