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NAACP Image Awards Winners List: ‘The Color Purple’ Picks Up Two More Wins as Virtual Ceremonies Conclude

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The three-day virtual presentation of the 55th NAACP Image Awards concluded Wednesday with big wins for “The Color Purple,” as well as Michael B. Jordan and his feature directorial debut “Creed III.”

“The Color Purple” dominated the Image Award nominations with a leading 16 nods and already picked up the prize for outstanding soundtrack or compilation album. On Wednesday, the all-star cast — including Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, H.E.R., Corey Hawkins, Colman Domingo and Danielle Brooks — was named best ensemble, while the film’s director Blitz Bazawule won the award for outstanding breakthrough creative (for a motion picture) in honor of his vision. “Survival of the Thickest” creator and star Michelle Buteau won the outstanding breakthrough creative prize for TV.

Jordan won the outstanding guest performance prize for his guest host stint on “Saturday Night Live,” but his film “Creed III” picked up its first win (in the outstanding stunt ensemble category) out of seven nominations.

This third round of winners also included the documentaries “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America” and “Invisible Beauty”; outstanding youth performance winner Leah Sava Jeffries (“Percy Jackson and the Olympians”); as well as directors Neema Barnette (“Grand Crew”), Dawn Wilkinson (“Power Book II: Ghost”), Chris Robinson (“Shooting Stars”) and Allen Hughes ( “Dear Mama”).

The Image Awards will broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles this Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and CBS. Queen Latifah will return to host after emceeing the ceremony for the first time last year. During the broadcast, the NAACP will honor writer, poet and activist Amanda Gorman with the prestigious Chairman’s Award, while Grammy-nominated R&B group New Edition will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame.

Special honors will also go to trailblazing R&B singer-songwriter Frankie Beverly, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAACP Image Awards dinner on Thursday, March 14, hosted by Sherri Shepherd. Costume designer, designer and tastemaker June Ambrose will receive this year’s Vanguard Award in salute to her decades as a pioneer in the fashion industry. That award will be presented during the Image Awards fashion show, hosted by Brandee Evans, on Friday, March 15.

Khleo Thomas hosted the three-day Image Awards virtual experience, with Night 3 presenters Brian Jordan (“Tyler Perry’s Sistas”), Marcel Spears (“The Neighborhood”) and Nyambi Nyambi (“Night Court” and “Mike and Molly”). The full list of winners from tonight can be found below: 

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

Leah Sava Jeffries – “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Outstanding Cinematography in a Feature Film 

Eric K. Yue – “A Thousand and One”

Outstanding Animated Series

“The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder S2”

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)

Blitz Bazawule – “The Color Purple”

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television)

Michelle Buteau – “Survival of the Thickest”

Outstanding Guest Performance

Michael B. Jordan – “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

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

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

“Invisible Beauty”

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Brother”

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

“The Color Purple”

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble (TV or Film)  

“Creed III”

DC Young Fly, Issa Rae and ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Win During Second Night of Image Awards’ Virtual Ceremonies

DC Young Fly, Issa Rae and “A Black Lady Sketch Show” joined the list of early winners at the 2024 NAACP Image Awards.

DC Young Fly picked up two awards during the second of three nights of virtual Image Awards ceremonies, hosted by Khleo Thomas. He was named outstanding host in a reality/reality competition, game show or variety series or special for emceeing BET’s “Celebrity Squares” and won the outstanding society and culture podcast prize for “The 85 South Show,” which he co-hosts with Karlous Miller and Chico Bean.

Rae, a three-time NAACP Image award winner for her hit series “Insecure,” added to her trophy case by winning a voiceover performance award for playing Jessica Drew a.k.a. Spider-Woman in “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” Kyla Pratt won the TV voiceover performance prize for another season voicing Penny Proud in “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.”

“A Black Lady Sketch Show” finally won the outstanding variety show (series or special) trophy after two seasons of nabbing the nomination but not winning the prize. The Robin Thede-created comedy show wrapped up its run last year, with 16 Emmy nominations, among them four historic wins for editing and directing.

This second round of winners — presented in variety show, reality programming, children’s programming, short form, voiceover and podcast categories — also included Leslie Jones (“The Daily Show After the Cut”), Eboni K. Williams (“Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams”), “Gracie’s Corner” and the Academy Award-nominated short “The After,” directed by Misan Harriman and starring David Oyelowo.

Presenters for Night 2 of the virtual ceremonies were Dreka Gates, EJ Williams (ABC’s “The Wonder Years”), Judge Mablean (“Justice with Judge Mablean”), Leah Sava Jeffries (Disney+’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”) and Taja V. Simpson (BET’s “The Oval”).

The Image Awards will broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles this Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and CBS. Queen Latifah will return to host after emceeing the ceremony for the first time last year. During the broadcast, the NAACP will honor writer, poet and activist Amanda Gorman with the prestigious Chairman’s Award, while Grammy-nominated R&B group New Edition will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame.

Special honors will also go to trailblazing R&B singer-songwriter Frankie Beverly, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAACP Image Awards dinner on Thursday, March 14, hosted by Sherri Shepherd. Costume designer, designer and tastemaker June Ambrose will receive this year’s Vanguard Award in salute to her decades as a pioneer in the fashion industry. That award will be presented during the Image Awards fashion show, hosted by Brandee Evans, on Friday, March 15.

The full list of winners from Night 2 can be found below:

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

“Doggyland”

Outstanding Short Form Series – Reality/Nonfiction

“I Was a Soul Train Dancer”

Outstanding Short Form Documentary (Film) 

“Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games”

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 Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)

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

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”

Victoria Monét, Chris Brown and ‘The Color Purple’ Nab Early Wins on Night 1 of Image Awards’ Virtual Ceremony

Monét had received the most nominations in the recording categories with six nominations, followed closely by Usher who earned five nods, including entertainer of the year.

During the virtual ceremony on Monday night, the “Jaguar II” hitmaker won outstanding new artist and outstanding album — marking her first two NAACP Image Award wins and adding to a trophy case which already boasts three Grammys. Usher won for outstanding male artist, while the female artist prize went to H.E.R. Brown’s wins came from his collaborations with Ciara (“How We Roll”) and Davido & Lojay (“Sensational”).

Ciara celebrated the win with a video of herself strutting to her verse with the caption: “MOOD when you win your 1st NAACP IMAGE AWARD for “How We Roll” and I did it independently! Always bet on yourself.”

“The Color Purple,” which dominated the overall nominations with 16, landed its first win, picking up the prize for outstanding soundtrack or compilation album. The musical movie from director Blitz Bazawule reimagines Alice Walker’s classic novel and expands on Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film, as well as the Tony-winning Broadway musical. “The Color Purple” soundtrack includes performances from an all-star cast, including Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, H.E.R., Corey Hawkins, Colman Domingo and Danielle Brooks, who was nominated for an Academy Award on Sunday.

Night 1 featured presenters Bellah (Hulu’s “Queenie”), Da’Vinchi (Starz’s “BMF”), Danielle Jalade (Disney’s “Saturdays”), Gabrielle Nevaeh (Nickelodeon’s “That Girl Lay Lay”) and Vanessa Simmons (BET+ “Deadly Entanglement”) revealing winners in the recording and literary categories. The full list of winners can be found below:

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?’” – Jarrett Hill and 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