NAACP Image Awards 2023: List of R&B Winners

NAACP Image Awards 2023: List of R&B Winners


The 54th NAACP Image Awards took place Saturday, Feb. 25, in Pasadena, California. Award-winning artist and actress Queen Latifah hosted the star-studded ceremony, the first live broadcast in three years.

Beyoncé led this year’s nominations in the music field with five nods, including Outstanding Album (Renaissance) and Outstanding Soul/R&B Song (“Cuff It“), both for which she won at night one of its virtual awards.

Chris Brown brought home two awards on night one, including Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary) for the Wizkid-assisted “Call Me Every Day.

During night two, Jennifer Hudson was honored with the award for Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) — Individual or Ensemble for The Jennifer Hudson Show.

More winners were announced leading up to the main event on Saturday night.

Below is a list of R&B winners at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards.

Outstanding Female Artist

  • Ari Lennox
  • Beyoncé *WINNER*
  • Chlöe
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • SZA

Outstanding Male Artist

  • Brent Faiyaz
  • Burna Boy
  • Chris Brown *WINNER*
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar

Outstanding New Artist

  • Adam Blackstone
  • Armani White
  • Coco Jones *WINNER*
  • Fivio Foreign
  • Steve Lacy

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song

  • “About Damn Time” – Lizzo
  • “Cuff It” – Beyoncé *WINNER*
  • “Hurt Me So Good” – Jazmine Sullivan
  • “Good Morning Gorgeous Remix” – Mary J. Blige featuring H.E.R.
  • “Lift Me Up” – Rihanna

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)

  • “Die Hard” – Kendrick Lamar featuring Blxst and Amanda Reifer
  • “Good Morning Gorgeous (Remix)” – Mary J. Blige featuring H.E.R.
  • “Still Believe” – PJ Morton featuring Alex Isley and Jill Scott
  • “Love’s Train” – Silk Sonic *WINNER*
  • “No Love (Extended Version)” – Summer Walker featuring SZA and Cardi B

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)

  • “Move” – Beyoncé featuring Tems and Grace Jones 
  • “Call Me Every Day” – Chris Brown featuring Wizkid *WINNER*
  • “Good Love” City Girls featuring Usher
  • “Wait For U” – Future featuring Drake and Tems
  • “Big Energy (Remix)” – Latto featuring Mariah Carey and DJ Khaled

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Outstanding Album

  • age/sex/location – Ari Lennox
  • Breezy (Deluxe) – Chris Brown
  • Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar
  • Renaissance – Beyoncé *WINNER*
  • Watch the Sun – PJ Morton

Outstanding Jazz Album – Vocal

  • Legacy – Adam Blackstone *WINNER*
  • Linger Awhile – Samara Joy
  • Love & the Catalyst – Aimée Allen
  • New Standards Vol. 1 – Teri Lyne Carrington
  • The Evening: Live At APPARATUS – The Baylor Project

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

  • “About Damn Time” – Lizzo
  • “Be Alive” – Beyoncé
  • “Lift Me Up” – Rihanna *WINNER*
  • “Lord Forgive Me” – Tobe Nwigwe featuring Fat, Pharrell, and Olu of EARTHGANG
  • “The Heart Part 5” – Kendrick Lamar

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Music From and Inspired by – Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Dave Jordan *WINNER*
  • Bridgerton Season Two (Soundtrack from the Netflix Series) – Kris Bowers
  • Entergalactic – Kid Cudi
  • P-Valley: Season 2 (Music From the Original TV Series) – Various
  • The Woman King – Terence Blanchard

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance in a Motion Picture

  • Angela Bassett – Wendell & Wild (Netflix)
  • Keke Palmer – Lightyear (Walt Disney Studios) *WINNER*
  • Kevin Hart – DC League of Super-Pets (Warner Bros Pictures)
  • Lyric Ross – Wendell & Wild (Netflix)
  • Taraji P. Henson – Minions: The Rise of Gru (Universal Pictures)

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

  • Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Willow Smith – Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)
  • Jennifer Hudson – The Jennifer Hudson Show (Syndicated) *WINNER*
  • Kevin Hart – Hart to Heart (Peacock)
  • Lester Holt – NBC Nightly News (NBC)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – The Hair Tales (Hulu)

See the full list of winners here