2023 NAACP Image Awards: Chris Brown, Tems, Rihanna and Silk Sonic Win Big

The first round of winners for the non-televised categories have officially been announced.

The 54th annual NAACP Image Awards have unveiled their first round of winners in the non-televised award categories before the live airing of the award ceremony on Saturday (Feb. 25) at 8 p.m. ET – and some of your favorite entertainers won big in major categories.

On Monday (Feb. 20), winners included Tems for “Outstanding International Song” for “No Woman No Cry,” Chris Brown for “Outstanding Male Artist” and “Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)” with Wizkid for their song “Call Me Every Day,” Erica Campbell for “Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song” for her song “Positive,” Rihanna for “Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album” for  “Lift Me Up,” Silk Sonic for “Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)” for “Love's Train,” and more.

Night one of the non-televised virtual experiences was hosted by Khleo Thomas and special guest appearances from presenters including Crystal Renee Hayslett, Echo Kellum, and Jotaka Eaddy.

The week-long 54th NAACP Image Awards Virtual Experience will continue until Feb. 24. Fans are invited to join the program to celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color leading up to the live show.

See the complete list of winners announced on Feb. 20 below:

Outstanding International Song

“No Woman No Cry” – Tems

Outstanding Jazz Album - Instrumental

“JID014 (Jazz is Dead)” – Henry Franklin, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song

“Positive” – Erica Campbell

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album

“Kingdom Book One” – Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)

Silk Sonic – “Love's Train”

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)

Chris Brown feat. Wizkid – “Call Me Every Day”

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

“Lift Me Up” – Rihanna

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” - Music From and Inspired By – Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Dave Jordan

Outstanding Male Artist

Chris Brown – “BREEZY” (Deluxe)

Outstanding Female Artist

Beyoncé – “Renaissance”

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song

Cuff It – “Beyoncé”

Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Song

“Hotel Lobby” – Quavo, Takeoff

Outstanding Album

“Renaissance” – Beyoncé

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