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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
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

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.
The 51st Annual NAACP IMAGE AWARDS premieres live from he Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA, on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on BET, with a simulcast on VH1, BET Her, MTV, TV Land, Comedy Central, Logo, CMT, MTV2, Pop, and Smithsonian Channel. Five-time NAACP Image Award-winner Anthony Anderson returns as host, marking his seventh consecutive year in the role.

Singer-songwriters Jill Scott and H.E.R., along with Skip Marley, are scheduled to perform. Plus, these celebrities are set to appear: Alicia Keys, Brie Larson, Dave Bautista, Evan Alex, Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, JB Smoove, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lena Waithe, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Morgan Freeman, Octavia Spencer, Robin Thede, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Sterling K. Brown, Tamron Hall, Tiffany Haddish and Winston Duke.

Rihanna receives the President's Award during the program, following past recipients like Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O'Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Muhammad Ali, among others.

U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-GA) receives the Chairman's Award. Past honorees include 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.

Netflix has 42 total nominations, leading the television categories with 30, with an additional 12 in the motion picture categories. RCA Records leads in the music recording categories with 14, followed by Columbia Records and BMG with seven each. Universal Pictures leads the motion picture categories with 15 nominations, and Penguin Random House has eight nominations followed by HarperCollins with four in the literary categories.

Live red carpet coverage begins on BET's Twitter account (@BET) from 6:30-7:15pm ET and continues on BET and BET Her from 7-8pm ET.


Production & Distribution

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


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