Colman Domingo, Damson Idris, Fantasia Barrino, Quinta Brunson, The Color Purple, Usher, and Taraji P. Henson Shine Bright as Top Honorees at the 55th NAACP Image Awards

The night was a celebration of Black excellence!

Tonight, NAACP and BET honored Black excellence in music, television and film across 90 categories at the “55th NAACP Image Awards.” Hosted by GRAMMY® award-winning recording artist, critically acclaimed Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated actor and producer Queen Latifah (series star/executive producer of The Equalizer, CBS), the legendary show aired live at 8 pm ET / PT on BET, CBS and additional Paramount Networks live from the Shrine Auditorium. Colman Domingo, Fantasia Barrino, Mike Epps, Quinta Brunson, The Color Purple, Usher and more took top honors. Special awards recipients delivered moving speeches, including Amanda Gorman, New Edition, and Usher. Watch an encore of the “55th NAACP Image Awards” Monday, March 18 at 7 PM ET/PT on BET.

Globally recognized as one of the most distinguished multicultural award shows, the “55th NAACP Image Awards” continues its tradition of excellence, uplifting values that inspire equality, justice, and progressive change, and highlighting artists committed to these values.

The “55th Image Awards” Show Highlights Include: 

  • Blue Bloods (CBS) star and New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg inducted New Edition into the NAACP Hall of Fame.
  • Keke Palmer and Lil Rel Howery presented Quinta Brunson with her award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Abbott Elementary (ABC) and Mike Epps for his award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in The Upshaws (Netflix).
  • For host Queen Latifah’s birthday, American Fiction actress and Living Single (FOX)  co-star Erika Alexander directed the audience to sing Happy Birthday, led by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. 
  • Colman Domingo took home the awards for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Rustin and The Color Purple, respectively
  • Chairman’s Award recipient Amanda Gorman delivered a powerful poetic speech while accepting her award, presented by NAACP Chairman Leon Russell. 
  • Fantasia Barrino took the stage to accept her award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, presented by Idris and Sabrina Elba.
  • President’s Awards recipient Usher honored his mom and the Black community during his speech after being honored by NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson.
  • The Color Purple cast graced the stage to accept their award for Outstanding Motion Picture, presented by UnPrisoned (Hulu) stars Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo. 
  • To close out the night, Usher took home his award for Entertainer of the Year, presented by Oprah Winfrey in a surprise appearance

“55th NAACP Image Awards” was simulcast on BET Her, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop, Smithsonian Channel™, TV Land, and streaming live on the CBS network feed available on Paramount+.  

NAACP also recognized winners in non-televised Image Awards categories virtually March 11-13 on and at the Awards Dinner on March 14. For information and updates, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards

The “55th NAACP Image Awards” is supported by the following sponsors, Wells Fargo (presenting sponsor), Google, Bank of America, Gushers, FedEx, Airbnb, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, Diageo, Denny’s, Alaska Airlines, and American Airlines. Our partners include: Bacardi, CVS Health, Entergy, Hyatt, Intuit, L’Oréal, Lyft, Planned Parenthood, SheaMoisture, Uncle Nearest, SPILL and Variety Magazine.

One of the most iconic annual celebrations of Black excellence, the NAACP Image Awards draws the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood. Previous years' attendees and winners include Angela Bassett, Zendaya, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Beyoncé, Nicco Annan, Ruth E. Carter, Glynn Turman, Quinta Brunson, Nia Long, Keith David, Jennifer Hudson, Stacey Abrams, Tabitha Brown, Dwayne Wade & Gabrielle Union, Tems, Erica Campbell, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak, Silk Sonic, Rihanna, Quavo, Takeoff, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Janelle Monáe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, Method Man, Dominique Thorne, Austin Scott, Tyler James Williams, Kyla Pratt, Jabari Banks, and many more.

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The complete list of winners for the “55th NAACP Image Awards” are: 




Angel Laketa Moore


Outstanding Motion Picture

The Color Purple

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Fantasia Barrino - The Color Purple

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Colman Domingo - Rustin

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Colman Domingo - The Color Purple

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Taraji P. Henson – The Color Purple 

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Phylicia Pearl Mpasi - The Color Purple 

Outstanding Youth Performance (Motion Picture)

Mila Davis-Kent - Creed III

Outstanding International Motion Picture


Outstanding Cinematography in a Feature Film 

Eric K. Yue - “A Thousand and One”

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)

Blitz Bazawule - “The Color Purple”

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture


Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

“The Color Purple”

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble (TV or Film)  

“Creed III”

Outstanding Short Form (Live Action)

“The After”

Outstanding Short Form (Animated)

“Lil' Ruby”

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Motion Picture)

Issa Rae - “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”


Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

India Ria Amarteifio - Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Damson Idris – Snowfall

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Mike Epps – The Upshaws

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Chloe Bailey - Praise This

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Keith Powers - The Perfect Find

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special


Outstanding Talk Series

The Jennifer Hudson Show

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

Sherri Shepherd - Sherri

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gail Bean - Snowfall

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Adrian Holmes - Bel-Air

Outstanding Drama Series

Queen Charlotte:  A Bridgeton Story

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Ayo Edebiri - The Bear 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

William Stanford Davis - Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Phylicia Rashad - Heaven Down Here

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special

Don Cheadle - Secret Invasion

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

Leah Sava Jeffries - “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Outstanding Animated Series

“The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder S2”

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television)

Michelle Buteau - “Survival of the Thickest”

Outstanding Guest Performance

Michael B. Jordan - “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

DC Young Fly - “Celebrity Squares”

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series)

“Wild 'N Out”

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

“20/20” - Kerry Washington: Thicker Than Water – A Conversation with Robin Roberts

Outstanding Children’s Program

“Gracie's Corner”

Outstanding Performance in a Short Form Series 

Leslie Jones - “The Daily Show After The Cut”

Outstanding Short Form Series - Comedy or Drama


Outstanding Short Form Series - Reality/Nonfiction

“I Was A Soul Train Dancer”

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)

Kyla Pratt - “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”


Outstanding International Song

“Me & U” – Tems

Outstanding Jazz Album

“Brand New Life” – Brandee Younger

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song

“All Yours” – Kierra Sheard feat. Anthony Brown

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album

“Father’s Day” – Kirk Franklin

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)

“How We Roll” – Ciara feat. Chris Brown

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)

“Sensational” – Chris Brown feat. Davido & Lojay

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

“The Color Purple - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Various Producers

Outstanding Original Score for TV/Film 

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” – Jongnic Bontemps

Outstanding Male Artist

“Good Good” – USHER with 21 Savage x Summer Walker

Outstanding Female Artist

“The Journey” – H.E.R.

Outstanding New Artist

“Jaguar II” – Victoria Monét 

Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song

“Cobra” – Megan Thee Stallion

Outstanding Album

“Jaguar II” – Victoria Monét


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

“Family Lore” – Elizabeth Acevedo

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“The New Brownies' Book” – Karida L. Brown and Charly Palmer

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“Rootless” – Krystle Zara Appiah

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Autobiography

“Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement” – Dr. Tanisha C. Ford

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

“Historically Black Phrases: From ‘I Ain't One of Your Lil' Friends’ to ‘Who All Gon’ Be There?’” - Jarett Hill, Tre'vell Anderson

Outstanding Literary Work – Graphic Novel 

“The Talk” - Darrin Bell

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Suddenly We” - Evie Shockley

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

“CROWNED: Magical Folk and Fairy Tales from the Diaspora” - Kahran Bethencourt

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Everyone's Thinking It” - Aleema Omotoni


Outstanding Documentary (Television)

“High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

“Invisible Beauty”

Outstanding Short Form Documentary (Film)  

“Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games”


Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Cord Jefferson - American Fiction

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Norman Vance Jr. - “Saturdays”

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Carla Banks-Waddles - “Bel-Air”

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special

Dwayne Johnson-Cochran - “Heist 88”


Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Ava DuVernay - Origin

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

neema barnette - “GRAND CREW”

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Dawn Wilkinson - “Power Book II: Ghost”

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special

Chris Robinson - “Shooting Stars”

Outstanding Directing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture)

Allen Hughes - “Dear Mama”


Outstanding News and Information Podcast

“Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams”

Outstanding Podcast - Limited Series/Short Form 

“Wakanda Forever: The Official Black Panther Podcast”

Outstanding Podcast - Scripted Series  

“Yes We Cannabis”

Outstanding Arts, Sports and Entertainment Podcast

“Here's The Thing”

Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast

“The 85 South Show with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean”

Outstanding Lifestyle / Self-Help Podcast

“Black Money Tree”


Outstanding Costume Design (Television or Film)

The Color Purple - Francine Jamison-Tanchuck

Outstanding Hairstyling (Television or Film)

The Color Purple - Lawrence Davis, Tym Wallace, Andrea Mona Bowen, Angela Renae Dyson, Jorge Benitez Villalobos

Outstanding Make-up (Television or Film)

The Color Purple - Carol Rasheed, Saisha Beecham, Ngozi Olandu Young, Manny Davila, Milene Melendez

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