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NAACP Image Awards

NAACP Image Awards

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  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
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The NAACP IMAGE AWARDS celebrates the accomplishments of people of color working in the fields of literature, music, television and film. The awards also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Founded on February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. The IMAGE AWARDS were first held on February 4, 1967 at the Beverly Hilton, first televised in 1974 and first broadcast live in 2007. The NAACP President's Award, chosen by the NAACP President and CEO, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include President Bill Clinton, Soledad O'Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, Van Jones, and most recently SCANDAL'S Kerry Washington.
Hosted by Anthony Anderson for the eighth consecutive year, the 52nd Annual NAACP IMAGE AWARDS premieres live on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on BET, with a simulcast on CBS, VH1, BET Her, MTV, TV Land, Comedy Central, Logo, CMT, MTV2, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel. This year's event is a virtual event, which features performances from Image Award Outstanding Female Artist nominee Jazmine Sullivan, who will perform -- along with Grammy Award-winning singer Maxwell, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut album Urban Hang Suite. Throughout the evening there will be appearances from Alicia Keys, Andra Day, Arsenio Hall, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland, Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson, the cast of TYLER PERRY'S SISTAS, Swizz Beatz, and Tracy Morgan. MC Lyte will serve at the night's Voice Over announcer.

LeBron James receives the President's Award during the program, following past recipients like Rihanna, Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O'Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Muhammad Ali, among others. The President's Award is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service

Civil rights movement icon Rev. James Lawson receives the Chairman's Award. Past honorees include John Lewis, Tyler Perry, then-Senator Barack Obama, Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Ruby Dee, The Neville Brothers, Bono, Danny Glover, and last year's recipient Congresswoman Maxine Waters.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Vicangelo Films (2012)
  • Produced by Hudlin Entertainment (2013-2020)
  • Produced by The Gurin Company (2013-2020)


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