52nd NAACP Image Awards Nominees – Viola Davis, Tyler Perry, Regina King, and More Shine

by Gina Williams

February 2, 2021

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards nominees were announced on Tuesday, and the list is star-studded.

The year 2020 was quite the year. It’s fair to say from Viola Davis to Tyler Perry, Regina King, D-Nice, and Trevor Noah, this year’s nominees for entertainer of the year are rightfully deserving of the honor.

This was also the year of documentaries with The Beat Don’t Stop (TV One) being nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Documentary – For Television or Motion Picture and Unsung (TV One) being nominated for Outstanding Documentary for Television.

Actors Anika Noni-Rose (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey), Chloe Bailey (Grown-is), Erika Alexander (John Lewis: Good Trouble), Nicco Annan (P-Valley), and TC Carson (Living Single) virtually presented the nominees.

Check out a highlight of this year’s nominees:

Television

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

  • “Unsung” (TV One)
  • And She Could Be Next” (PBS)
  • “Black Love” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
  • “Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” (EPIX)
  • The Last Dance” (ESPN / Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture)

  • Mary Mazzio – “A Most Beautiful Thing” (Peacock)
  • Melissa Haizlip – “Mr. Soul!” (Maysles Documentary Center)
  • Nile Cone, Deirdre Butcher and Tracey Uy – “The Beat Don’t Stop” (TV One)
  • Royal Kennedy Rodgers – “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story” (PBS)
  • Yoruba Richen, Elia Gasull Balada, Valerie Thomas – “The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show” (Peacock)

Comedy Series:

  • “#blackAF” (Netflix)
  • “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • “Grown-ish” (Freeform)
  • “Insecure” (HBO)
  • “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Cedric the Entertainer – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
  • Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
  • Idris Elba – “In the Long Run” (Starz)
  • Tracy Morgan – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO)
  • Folake Olowofoyeku – “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS)
  • Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish” (ABC)
  • Yara Shahidi – “Grown-ish” (Freeform)

Drama Series:

  • “All Rise” (CBS)
  • “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
  • “This Is Us” (NBC)

Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Jonathan Majors – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Keith David – “Greenleaf” (OWN)
  • Nicco Annan – “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Regé-Jean Page – “Bridgerton” (Netflix)
  • Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Actress in a Drama Series

  • Angela Bassett – “9-1-1″ (FOX)
  • Brandee Evans – “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Jurnee Smollett – “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
  • Simone Missick – “All Rise” (CBS)
  • Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Music

New Artist:

  • Chika – “High Rises” (Warner Records)
  • Doja Cat – “Say So” (RCA Records/Kemosabe )
  • D Smoke – “Black Habits” (WoodWorks Records / EMPIRE)
  • Giveon – “When It’s All Said and Done” (Epic Records)
  • Skip Marley – “Higher Place” (Island Records/ Tuff Gong Records)

Male Artist:

  • Big Sean – “Detroit 2″ (Def Jam Recordings/G.O.O.D Music)
  • Black Thought – “Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able” (Republic Records)
  • Charlie Wilson – “All of My Love” (P Music Group/BMG)
  • Drake – “Laugh Now, Cry Later” (Republic Records)
  • John Legend – “Bigger Love” (Columbia Records)

Female Artist:

  • Beyoncé – “Black Parade” (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)
  • H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe” (RCA Records/MBK Entertainment)
  • Jazmine Sullivan – “Lost One” (RCA Records)
  • Ledisi – “Anything For You” (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)
  • Alicia Keys – “Alicia” (RCA Records)

Album:

  • “Alicia” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
  • “b7″ – Brandy (Brand Nu/eOne)
  • “Bigger Love” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
  • “Chilombo” – Jhené Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)
  • “The Wild Card” – LEDISI (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)

Film

Motion Picture:

  • “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)
  • “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • “One Night In Miami” (Amazon Studios)

Actor in a Motion Picture:

  • Anthony Mackie – “The Banker” (Apple)
  • Chadwick Boseman – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • Delroy Lindo – “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)
  • Forest Whitaker – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Will Smith – “Bad Boys For Life” (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture:

  • Issa Rae – “The Photograph” (Universal Pictures)
  • Janelle Monáe – “Antebellum” (Lionsgate)
  • Madalen Mills – “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Netflix)
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – “The High Note” (Focus Features)
  • Viola Davis – “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)

Literature

Literary Work – Fiction:

  • “Black Bottom Saints” – Alice Randall (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Lakewood” – Megan Giddings (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • “Riot Baby” – Tochi Onyebuchi (TorDotCom Publishing, imprint of Tom Doherty Associates)
  • “The Awkward Black Man” – Walter Mosley (Grove Atlantic)
  • “The Vanishing Half” – Brit Bennett (Riverhead Books)

Literary Work – Nonfiction:

  • “A Black Women’s History of the United States” – Daina Berry (Beacon Press)
  • “A Promised Land” – Barack Obama (Crown)
  • “Driving While Black” – Gretchen Sorin (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • “Long Time Coming: Reckoning With Race in America” – Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s Press)
  • “We’re Better Than This” – Elijah Cummings (HarperCollins Publishers)

Social Justice Impact

  • April Ryan
  • Debbie Allen
  • Lebron James
  • Stacey Abrams
  • Tamika Mallory

Entertainer of the Year

  • D-Nice
  • Regina King
  • Viola Davis
  • Trevor Noah
  • Tyler Perry

Visit the NAACP Image Awards for a full list of nominees. 

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