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Nominations For The 2022 NAACP Image Awards: The Complete List

It’s new year, and the NAACP Image Awards are ready to bestow gleaming new trophies to recognize the treasure trove of Black excellence that made 2021 so memorable. The annual awards show celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, 
and film, as well as their contributions to social justice through their creative endeavors.

Congratulations to Ghanaian superstar KiDi, who has been nominated for the 2022 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding International Song with his global smash hit Touch It that reached the Billboard charts, competes with songs by other great African artists such as Wizkid, Omah Lay, Tiwa Savage and FireboyDML.


The winners will be announced during a two-hour special hosted by seven -time NAACP Image Award winner Anthony Anderson on BET on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8/7c.

Check below for the full list of nominees.


Jennifer Hudson
Lil Nas X
Megan Thee Stallion
Regina King
Tiffany Had-dish

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“King Richard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Respect” (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)
“The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu Original / New Slate Ventures / Lee Daniels Entertainment / Roth-Krischenbaum Films)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple TV+ / A24)
Jonathan Majors – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
LaKeith Stanfield – “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mahershala Ali – “Swan Song” (Apple TV+)
Will Smith – “King Richard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Andra Day – “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu Original / New Slate Ventures / Lee Daniels Entertainment / Roth-Krischenbaum Films)
Halle Berry – “Bruised” (Netflix)
Jennifer Hudson – “Respect” (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)
Tessa Thompson – “Passing” (Netflix)
Zendaya – “Malcolm & Marie” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Algee Smith – “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Daniel Kaluuya – “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Delroy Lindo – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
Idris Elba – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
LaKeith Stanfield – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Aunjanue Ellis – “King Richard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Audra McDonald – “Respect” (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)
Danielle Deadwyler – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
Dominique Fishback – “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Regina King – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“American Skin” (Vertical Entertainment)
“Bruised” (Netflix)
“CODA” (Apple TV+)
“Test Pattern” (Kino Lorber)
“The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” (RedBird Entertainment)

Outstanding International Motion Picture
“7 Prisoners” (Netflix)
“African America” (Netflix)
“Eyimofe (This is My Desire)” (Janus Films)
“Flee” (Neon / Participant)
“The Gravedigger’s Wife” (Orange Studio)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture
Ariana DeBose – “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
Danny Boyd, Jr. – “Bruised” (Netflix)
Jalon Christian – “A Journal For Jordan” (Columbia Pictures)
Lonnie Chavis – “The Water Man” (RLJE Films)
Sheila Atim – “Bruised” (Netflix)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
“Coming 2 America” (Paramount Releasing/Amazon Studios)
“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“King Richard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Respect” (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)
“The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Studios)
“Luca” (Walt Disney Studios)
“Raya and the Last Dragon” (Walt Disney Studios)
“Sing 2” (Universal Pictures)
“Vivo” (Netflix)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture
Andre Braugher – “Spirit Untamed” (Universal Pictures)
Awkwafina – “Raya and the Last Dragon” (Walt Disney Studios)
Brian Tyree Henry – “Vivo” (Netflix)
Eric André – “Sing 2” (Universal Pictures)
Letitia Wright – “Sing 2” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action)
“Aurinko in Adagio” (Universal Pictures)
“Blackout” (Netflix)
“The Ice Cream Stop” (Walt Disney Studios)
“These Final Hours” (Universal Pictures)
“When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon’ Ilanga)” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)
“Blush” (Apple TV+)
“Robin Robin” (Netflix)
“She Dreams at Sunrise” (Tribeca Studios, Procter & Gamble)
“Twenty Something” (Pixar Animation Studios)
“Us Again” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – “Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (Searchlight Pictures, Onyx Collective, Hulu)
Jamila Wignot – “Ailey” (Neon)
Jeymes Samuel – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
Liesl Tommy – “Respect” (Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)
Rebecca Hall – “Passing” (Netflix)

Outstanding Comedy Series
“black-ish” (ABC)
“Harlem” (Amazon Studios)
“Insecure” (HBO)
“Run the World” (Starz)
“The Upshaws” (Netflix)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)
Cedric the Entertainer – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams – “The Wonder Years” (ABC)
Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO)
Loretta Devine – “Family Reunion” (Netflix)
Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)
Yvonne Orji – “Insecure” (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
Deon Cole – “black-ish” (ABC)
Kenan Thompson – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Kendrick Sampson – “Insecure” (HBO)
Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amanda Seales – “Insecure” (HBO)
Jenifer Lewis – “black-ish” (ABC)
Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)
Natasha Rothwell – “Insecure” (HBO)
Wanda Sykes – “The Upshaws” (Netflix)

Outstanding Drama Series
“9-1-1” (FOX)
“All American” (The CW)
“Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX)
“Pose” (FX Network)
“Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Billy Porter – “Pose” (FX Network)
Damson Idris – “Snowfall” (FX Network)
Forest Whitaker – “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX)
Kofi Siriboe – “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Sterling K. Brown – “This is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Angela Bassett – “9-1-1” (FOX)
Dawn-Lyen Gardner – “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Octavia Spencer – “Truth Be Told” (Apple TV+)
Queen Latifah – “The Equalizer” (CBS)
Rutina Wesley – “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alex R. Hibbert – “The Chi” (Showtime)
Cliff “Method Man” Smith – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
Daniel Ezra – “All American” (The CW)
Giancarlo Esposito – “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX)
Joe Morton – “Our Kind of People” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard – “SEE” (Apple TV+)
Bianca Lawson – “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Mary J. Blige – “Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz)
Susan Kelechi Watson – “This is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
“Colin in Black & White” – (Netflix)
“Genius: Aretha” – (National Geographic)
“Love Life” – (HBO Max)
“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” – (Lifetime)
“The Underground Railroad” – (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Anthony Mackie – “Solos” (Amazon Studios)
Jaden Michael – “Colin in Black & White” (Netflix)
Kevin Hart – “True Story” (Netflix)
Wesley Snipes – “True Story” (Netflix)
William Jackson Harper – “Love Life” (HBO Max)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Betty Gabriel – “Clickbait” (Netflix)
Cynthia Erivo – “Genius: Aretha” (National Geographic)
Danielle Brooks – “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” (Lifetime)
Jodie Turner-Smith – “Anne Boleyn” (AMC+)
Taraji P. Henson – “Annie Live!” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Courtney B. Vance – “Genius: Aretha” (National Geographic)
Keith David – “Black As Night” (Amazon Studios)
Tituss Burgess – “Annie Live!” (NBC)
Will Catlett – “True Story” (Netflix)
William Jackson Harper – “The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – “Maid” (Netflix)
Natasha Rothwell – “The White Lotus” (HBO)
Pauletta Washington – “Genius: Aretha” (National Geographic)
Regina Hall – “Nine Perfect Strangers” (Hulu)
Sheila Atim – “The Underground Railroad” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
“Blood on Black Wall Street: The Legacy of the Tulsa Massacre” (NBC)
“NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” (NBC)
“Soul of A Nation” (ABC)
“The Reidout” (MSNBC)
“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
“Desus & Mero” (Showtime)
“Hart to Heart” (Peacock)
“Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)
“Tamron Hall” (Syndicated)
“The Real” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series)
“Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC)
“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
“Sweet Life: Los Angeles” (HBO Max)
“The Voice” (NBC)
“Wild ‘n Out” (VH1)

Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)
“A Black Lady Sketch Show” (HBO)
“BET Awards 2021” (BET)
“Dave Chappelle: The Closer” (Netflix)
“Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3” (Amazon Studios)
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Ada Twist, Scientist” (Netflix)
“Family Reunion” (Netflix)
“Karma’s World” (Netflix)
“Raven’s Home” (Disney Channel)
“Waffles + Mochi” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)
Alayah “Lay Lay” High – “That Girl Lay Lay” (Nickelodeon)
Celina Smith – “Annie Live!” (NBC)
Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams – “The Wonder Years” (ABC)
Eris Baker – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Joy Reid – “The Reidout” (MSNBC)
Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez – “Desus & Mero” (Showtime)
Garcelle Beauvais, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai Jenkins – “The Real” (Syndicated)
Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Willow Smith – “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)
LeBron James – “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Alfonso Ribeiro – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC)
Amber Ruffin – “The Amber Ruffin Show” (Peacock)
Cedric The Entertainer – “73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” (CBS)
Iyanla Vanzant – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Guest Performance
Alani “La La” Anthony – “The Chi” (Showtime)
Christina Elmore – “Insecure” (HBO)
Daniel Kaluuya – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Erika Alexander – “Run the World” (Starz)
Maya Rudolph – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Animated Series
“Big Mouth” (Netflix)
“Peanut Headz: Black History Toonz” (Kweli TV)
“Super Sema” (YouTube Originals)
“We The People” (Netflix)
“Yasuke” (Netflix)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)
Angela Bassett – “Malika: The Lion Queen” (FOX)
Billy Porter – “Fairfax” (Amazon Studios)
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges – “Karma’s World” (Netflix)
Cree Summer – “Rugrats” (Nickelodeon)
Keke Palmer – “Big Mouth” (Netflix)

Outstanding Short Form Series – Comedy or Drama
“Between the Scenes – The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
“Dark Humor” (Comedy Central / YouTube)
“Della Mae (AspireTV)
“The Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator” (Disney+)
“Two Sides: Unfaithful” (Snapchat)

Outstanding Short Form Series or Special – Reality/Nonfiction
“Life By The Horns” (Snapchat)
“Memory Builds The Monument” (Fifth Ward CRC)
“Widen the Screen: 8:46 Films” (BET)
“Through Our Eyes: Shelter” (HBO Max)
“Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day” (Paramount+)

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television)
Angel Kristi Williams – “Colin in Black & White” (Netflix)
Cierra Glaude – “Queen Sugar” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Deborah Riley Draper – “The Legacy of Black Wall Street” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Halcyon Person – “Karma’s World” (Netflix)
Quyen Tran – “Maid” (Netflix)

Outstanding New Artist
Cynthia Erivo – “Ch. 1 Vs. 1” (Verve Records / UMG Recordings)
Jimmie Allen – “Bettie James Gold Edition” (BBR Music Group)
Saweetie – “Best Friend feat. Doja Cat” (ICY / Warner Records)
Tems – “If Orange Was A Place” (RCA Records / Since ’93)
Zoe Wees – “Girls Like Us” (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton – “Love Is The New Black” (My Music Box LLC / BMG)
Drake – “Way 2 Sexy” (Republic Records)
Givēon – “Heartbreak Anniversary” (Epic Records)
J. Cole – “The Off-Season” (Dreamville / Roc Nation)
Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
H.E.R. – “Back of My Mind” (RCA Records / MBK Entertainment)
Ari Lennox – “Pressure” (Dreamville / Interscope Records)
Beyoncé – “Be Alive” (Columbia Records / Parkwood)
Chlöe – “Have Mercy” (Columbia Records / Parkwood)
Jazmine Sullivan – “Heaux Tales” (RCA Records)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album
“Anthems & Glory” – Todd Dulaney (MNRK Music Group)
“Believe For It” – CeCe Winans (Pure Springs Gospel / Fair Trade Services / Red Alliance Media)
“Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A.” – Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music (Life Room Label LLC / K Approved Enterprises. Inc.)
“Overcomer” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)
“Power” – Jason McGee & The Choir (My Block, Inc.)

Outstanding International Song
“Essence” – Wizkid feat. Tems and Justin Bieber (RCA Records / Starboy / Sony Music International)
“Peru” – Fireboy DML (YBNL Nation / Empire)
“Somebody’s Son” – Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy (Motown)
“Touch It” – KiDi (Lynx Entertainment / MadeInENY / Empire)
“Understand” – Omah Lay (The KeyQaad / Sire Records)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“Best Friend” – Saweetie feat. Doja Cat (ICY / Warner Records)
“Essence” – Wizkid feat. Tems (RCA Records / Starboy / Sony Music International)
“Fye Fye” – Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe (Tobe Nwigwe, LLC)
“Have Mercy” – Chlöe (Columbia Records / Parkwood)
“Leave The Door Open” – Silk Sonic (Atlantic / Aftermath)

Outstanding Album
“An Evening with Silk Sonic” – Silk Sonic (Atlantic / Aftermath)
“Back of My Mind” – H.E.R. (RCA Records / MBK Entertainment)
“Certified Lover Boy” – Drake (Republic Records)
“Heaux Tales” – Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)
“When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time” – Givēon (Epic Records)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album
“Coming 2 America (Amazon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Eddie Murphy, Craig Brewer, Kevin Misher, Randy Spendlove, Jeff Harleston, Brittney Ramsdell (Def Jam Recordings)
“Judas and the Black Messiah (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Mark Isham and Craig Harris (WaterTower Music)
“Respect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Jason Michael Webb and Stephen Bray (Epic Records)
“The Harder They Fall (The Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – JAY-Z and Jeymes Samuel (Geneva Club / Roc Nation Records, LLC)
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Music from the Motion Picture)” – Salaam Remi, Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq, Warren “E” Felder, Downtown Trevor Brown (Warner Records)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song
“Believe For It” – CeCe Winans (Pure Springs Gospel / Fair Trade Services / Red Alliance Media)
“Help Me” – Tamela Mann feat. The Fellas (Tillymann Music Group)
“Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)” – H.E.R. and Tauren Wells (RCA Records / Sony Music)
“Overcome 2021” – Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul / RCA Records )
“Time for Reparations” – Sounds of Blackness (Sounds of Blackness / Atomic K Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental
“Forever…Jaz” – Jazmin Ghent (Independent Artist)
“Love Languages” – Nathan Mitchell (ENM Music Group)
“Somewhere Different” – Brandee Younger (Impulse! Records)
“Sounds from the Ancestors” – Kenny Garrett (Mack Avenue Music Group)
“The Magic of Now” – Orrin Evans (Smoke Sessions Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album – Vocal
“Dear Love” – Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force (Empress Legacy Records)
“Generations” – The Baylor Project (Be A Light)
“Ledisi Sings Nina” – Ledisi (Listen Back Entertainment / BMG)
“Let There Be Love” – Freda Payne (Alain Franke Records)
“SALSWING!” – Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta (Rubén Blades Productions)

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song
“Damage” – H.E.R. (RCA Records / MBK Entertainment)
“Be Alive” – Beyoncé (Columbia Records / Parkwood)
“Have Mercy” – Chlöe (Columbia Records / Parkwood)
“Leave The Door Open” – Silk Sonic (Atlantic / Aftermath)
“Pick Up Your Feelings” – Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song
“Best Friend” – Saweetie feat. Doja Cat (ICY / Warner Records)
“Fye Fye” – Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe (Tobe Nwigwe, LLC)
“Industry Baby” – Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow (Columbia Records)
“My Life (with 21 Savage and Morray)” – J. Cole (Dreamville / Roc Nation)
“Way 2 Sexy” – Drake (Republic Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)
Anthony Hamilton feat. Jennifer Hudson – “Superstar” (My Music Box LLC / BMG)
Chlöe x Halle – “Georgia On My Mind” (Columbia Records / Parkwood)
Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R. – “Girl Like Me” (RCA Records)
Leela James feat. Anthony Hamilton – “Complicated (Remix)” (SheSangz Music, Inc. / BMG)
Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open” (Atlantic / Aftermath)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)
Chris Brown feat. Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk and Latto – “Go Crazy (Remix)” (RCA Records)
Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More” (RCA Records / Kemosabe Records)
Drake feat. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy” (Republic Records)
H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown – “Come Through” (RCA Records / MBK Entertainment)
Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe – “Fye Fye” (Tobe Nwigwe, LLC)

Outstanding Documentary (Film)
“Attica” (Showtime)
“Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power” (Greenwich Entertainment)
“My Name Is Pauli Murray” (Amazon Studios in association with Participant)
“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (Searchlight Pictures, Onyx Collective, Hulu)
“Tina” (HBO Documentary Films)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
“1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything” (Apple TV+)
“American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free” (PBS)
“Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali” (Netflix)
“High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America” (Netflix)
“Insecure” Documentary (HBO)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Ashley Nicole Black – “Ted Lasso” – “Do the Right-est Thing” (Apple TV+)
Issa Rae – “Insecure” -“Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!” (HBO)
Leann Bowen – “Ted Lasso” – “Lavender” (Apple TV+)
Maya Erskine – “Pen15” – “Blue in Green” (Hulu)
Temi Wilkey – “Sex Education” – “Episode #3.6” (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Aurin Squire – “Evil” – “C Is For Cop” (Paramount+)
Davita Scarlett – “The Good Fight” – “And the Firm Had Two Partners…” (Paramount+)
Malcolm Spellman – “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” – “New World Order” (Disney+)
Nkechi Okoro Carroll – “All American” – “Homecoming” (The CW)
Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy – “Pose” – “Series Finale” (FX Network)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Abdul Williams – “Salt-N-Pepa” (Lifetime Movie Network)
Mario Miscione, Marcella Ochoa – “Madres” (Amazon Studios)
Monique N. Matthew – “A Holiday In Harlem” (Hallmark Channel)
Sameer Gardezi – “Hot Mess Holiday” (Comedy Central)
Sherman Payne – “Black As Night” (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris – “Zola” (A24)
Jeymes Samuel, Boaz Yakin – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas – “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Virgil Williams – “A Journal for Jordan” (Columbia Pictures)
Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele – “Candyman” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle – “South Side” – “Tornado” (HBO Max)
Melina Matsoukas – “Insecure” – “Reunited, Okay?!” (HBO)
Neema Barnette – “Harlem – “Once Upon A Time in Harlem” (Amazon Studios)
Prentice Penny – “Insecure” – “Everything’s Gonna Be, Okay?!” (HBO)
Tiffany Johnson – “Black Monday” – “Eight!” (Showtime)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Anthony Hemingway – “Genius: Aretha” – “Respect” (National Geographic)
Barry Jenkins – “The Underground Railroad” – “Indiana Winter” (Amazon Studios)
Carl Seaton – “Snowfall” – “Fight or Flight” (FX Network)
Carl Seaton – “Godfather of Harlem” – “The Bonanno Split” (EPIX)
Hanelle Culpepper – “True Story” – “Like Cain Did Abel” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Jaffar Mahmood – “Hot Mess Holiday” (Comedy Central)
Kenny Leon – “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” (Lifetime)
Mario Van Peebles – “Salt-N-Pepa” (Lifetime)
Maritte Lee Go – “Black As Night” (Amazon Studios)
Veronica Rodriguez – “Let’s Get Merried” (VH1)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – “A Journal for Jordan” (Columbia Pictures)
Jeymes Samuel – “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
Lin-Manuel Miranda – “tick tick…BOOM!” (Netflix)
Reinaldo Marcus Green – “King Richard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Shaka King – “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Directing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture)
Andre Gaines – “The One and Only Dick Gregory” (Showtime)
Dawn Porter – “Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer” (National Geographic)
Sam Pollard – “MLK/FBI” (IFC Films)
Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren – “Black and Missing” (HBO)
Spike Lee – “NYC Epicenters 9/112021½” (HBO Max)

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“Harlem Shuffle” – Colson Whitehead (Penguin Random House)
“Libertie” – Kaitlyn Greenidge (Algonquin Books)
“Long Division” – Kiese Laymon (Simon & Schuster)
“The Man Who Lived Underground” – Richard Wright (Library of America)
“The Perishing” – Natashia Deón (Counterpoint Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction
“Dance Theatre of Harlem” – Judy Tyrus, Paul Novosel (Kensington)
“Just As I Am” – Cicely Tyson (Amistad)
“My Remarkable Journey” – Katherine Johnson (Amistad)
“Renegades: Born in the USA” – Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen (Penguin Random House)
“The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” – Nikole Hannah-Jones (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“Just As I Am” – Cicely Tyson (Amistad)
“My Remarkable Journey” – Katherine Johnson (Amistad)
“Other Black Girl: A Novel” – Zakiya Dalila Harris (Simon & Schuster)
“The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” – Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (HarperCollins Publishers)
“Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts” – Rebecca Hall (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
“Just As I Am” – Cicely Tyson (Amistad)
“Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement” – Tarana Burke (Macmillan / Flatiron Books)
“Unprotected: A Memoir” – Billy Porter (Abrams Press)
“Until I Am Free” – Keisha Blain (Beacon Press)
“Will” – Will Smith (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“Diversity Is Not Enough: A Roadmap to Recruit, Develop and Promote Black Leaders in America” – Keith Wyche (Kandelle Publishing)
“Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business)” – Tabitha Brown (HarperCollins Publishers)
“Permission to Dream” – Chris Gardner (Amistad)
“Teaching Black History to White People” – Leonard N. Moore (University of Texas Press)
“The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations” – Robert Livingston (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Perfect Black” – Crystal Wilkinson (University Press of Kentucky)
“Playlist for the Apocalypse” – Rita Dove (W. W. Norton & Company)
“Such Color: New and Selected Poems” – Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)
“The Wild Fox of Yemen” – Threa Almontaser (Graywolf Press)
“What Water Knows: Poems” – Jacqueline Jones LaMon (Northwestern University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy” – Misty Copeland (Aladdin)
“Change Sings” – Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Penguin Young Readers)
“Stacey’s Extraordinary Words” – Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas (HarperCollins)
“Time for Bed, Old House” – Janet Costa Bates, A.G. Ford (Candlewick Press)
“When Langston Dances” – Kaija Langley, Keith Mallett (S&S Books for Young Readers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Ace of Spades” – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan)
“Happily Ever Afters” – Elise Bryant (HarperCollins)
“The Cost of Knowing” – Brittney Morris (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers)
“When You Look Like Us” – Pamela N. Harris (HarperCollins)
“Wings of Ebony” – J. Elle (S&S Books for Young Readers)

Outstanding News and Information Podcast
“After the Uprising: The Death of Danyé Dion Jones”
“Blindspot: Tulsa Burning”
“Into America”

Outstanding Lifestyle/Self-Help Podcast
“Checking In with Michelle Williams”
“The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema”
“The SonRise Project Podcast”
“Two Funny Mamas: Sherri Shepherd & Kym Whitley”
“Under Construction w/ Tamar Braxton”

Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast
“Beyond the Scenes – The Daily Show”
“Jemele Hill is Unbothered”
“Professional Troublemaker”
“Questlove Supreme”
“Super Soul Podcast”

Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Podcast
“Club Shay Shay podcast with Shannon Sharpe”
“Jemele Hill is Unbothered”
“Questlove Supreme”
“Reasonably Shady”
“The History of Sketch Comedy with Keegan-Michael Key”

Social Media Personality of the Year Nominees
@Euniquejg – Eunique Jones GIbson
@KevOnStage – Kevin Fredericks
@Laronhinesofficial – Laron Hines
@_Lyneezy – Lanae Vanee
@Terrellgrice – Terrell Grice



Danny Lampo Stands By Samini At Norway’s Infinity Concert

Danny Lampo, the UK-based Ghanaian afrobeat artiste, is preparing for a significant journey from the UK to Norway to express his unwavering support for SAMINI at the Infinity Concert.
Their friendship is more than just a casual acquaintance; it’s a bond strengthened by shared experiences and a mutual love for music. Whenever SAMINI visits the UK, Danny Lampo ensures he feels at home, hosting him with warmth and hospitality. Now, as SAMINI takes center stage in Norway, Danny Lampo sees it as an opportunity to reciprocate that kindness and support.
SAMINI’s presence at the Infinity Concert is highly anticipated, with fans eager to experience his electrifying performances. Known for his infectious energy and chart-topping hits, SAMINI promises to deliver a memorable show that transcends cultural boundaries.
Joining SAMINI on stage is Theresa Elise, a talented Norwegian-Ghanaian singer whose soulful vocals are sure to captivate the audience. Together, they will create an atmosphere of unity and celebration, showcasing the power of music to bring people together.
For Danny Lampo, this journey represents more than just attending a concert; it’s a symbol of solidarity, friendship, and the shared passion for music that binds him to SAMINI. As he stands by SAMINI’s side in Norway, he embodies the spirit of brotherhood and support, ready to cheer on his friend as he shares his talent with the world.
The Infinity Concert is not just an event; it’s a celebration of diversity, unity, and the universal language of music. Whether you’re a dedicated fan of afrobeats or simply seeking an extraordinary night out, the Infinity Concert promises to be an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.
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Apple Music Reveals King Paluta As The Latest Up Next Artist In Ghana

Apple Music has announced rapper King Paluta (real name Thomas Adjei Wireko) as the latest musician to be featured in its Up Next artist development program in Ghana.


“I stayed underground for 15 years and never gave up on myself,” he tells Apple Music. “It feels so good to be here and hearing the fans chant ‘Asuo (water/rain/ reign)’ which is my street signature means so much to me and the journey. I am forever grateful.”


Born and raised in Atonsu Bokuro, a suburb of Kumasi in Ghana, King Paluta was raised by his single mother who was his rock, and source of sound advice, throughout the pursuit of his musical dream.


After deciding that music was his calling when he was 14 years old, King Paluta began cleaning and sleeping in recording studios. A self-confessed “studio rat”, it was during this time that he learned how to programme and produce music, a skill that proved useful as he still produces all of his songs.


King Paluta then sharpened his flow by participating in street rap battles for four years, earning him a respected reputation as he knocked out opponent after opponent with his strong lyrical punches. After attracting the attention of NKZ Music boss, Nana Yaw Maradona (Guru), King Paluta signed to the lauded label but later decided to reclaim his independence once his contract lapsed.


But it was the release of his smash hit single “Yahitte” (2022) that changed the trajectory of his career, racking up over 3 million streams to date and resulting in two remixes, with “Yahitte Remix” (2023) soaring to over 6 million streams. With the Highlife tour de force single “Sika Aba Fire” (2022) alongside his signature-flow affirming single “Aha Akye (feat. Samini)” (2023), King Paluta has consistently churned out hit after hit whilst relishing his hard-earned success.


His latest single “Aseda” (2024), available to stream on Apple Music, is a slower, more melodic offering from the rapper who’s equally as comfortable singing as he is showcasing his multifaceted nature.


As the latest Up Next act to be spotlighted in Ghana, King Paluta will be featured across Apple Music’s East Africa Up Next playlist available here. The curated Up Next playlist features a dynamic class of new and emerging artists, thoughtfully hand-picked by Apple Music editors from around the world.


The playlist is genre agnostic and represents a line-up of artists our global editors are passionate about and eager to expose to a larger audience.

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“You Go Explain Taya” – Dj Azonto Blasts Serwaa Amihere

Amapiano sensation DJ Azonto has taken a ferocious swipe at broadcaster Serwaa Amihere tagging her poor in mind following her alleged bedroom videos.

This comes in the wake of an alleged bedroom video of Serwaa Amihere and Henry Fitz that has subsequently set social media ablaze with netizens sharing their thoughts on the issue.

DJ Azonto, who recently released his new single, “You Go Explain Taya,” has shared his opinion about the viral video, saying that Serwaa Amihere could be suffering from bipolar adding that a “normal” person wouldn’t do that.

According to the “Fa No Fom” hitmaker, he was not surprised by the recent leaks and believes some of the media personalities live a fake lifestyle, thereby leading upcoming youth into all forms of deviant behaviours.

“Serwaa shouldn’t explain herself, or ‘she go explain taya’ It is very sad to see these kinds of videos surface online, and if what I am hearing is true, then she may have my sickness, which is bipolar.
“We do things and regret them later, and for me, having bipolar automatically makes you poor in mind, hence making the wrong decision.,” DJ Azonto said in an interview.
When asked about his new song “You Go Explain Taya,” DJ Azonto said he released the song to tackle some issues going on in entertainment circles.

The new song addresses issues concerning record label AMG Business, taking a swipe at Sarkodie, Tracy Boakye, Showboy, Medikal, and Criss Waddle. The new “U Go Explain Taya” single, produced by Abochi, is accompanied by a well-curated music video that has already gone viral on social media.



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All You Need Know About Ghanaian Versatile Artiste, I Am Epsx

I Am Epsx, a brilliant and diverse Ghanaian performer, is known in real life as Glory Anderson.

The Afrobeats, dancehall, and singer was born on June 18, 2000 in Assin Fosu, Central region of Ghana, but mostly stays in Takoradi and attended Nana Baidoo Bonsu for his elementary and junior high school education.

Following the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), he was admitted to Assin Fosu Vocational Training Insutue.

After completing his West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), he started his music career and recorded his first song dubbed “Mawo)f3”.

Growing up, he aspired to be a professional soccer player, but at the age of sixteen, he discovered his passion for his music.

Pursuing music as a career choice, he is motivated by the plight of the impoverished and underprivileged, believing that music is the best channel for communicating with them and giving them hope for a better future. I Am Epsx feels that by writing lyrics in his Music, he may aid many underprivileged and poor individuals.

I Am Epsx, a budding musician, looks up to Prince Bright of Bukbak repute as his role model.

Currently, I Am Epsx is promoting his latest single dubbed “Mine” which is doing well in music marketing and it’s on all digital platforms.

Follow and connect with I Am Epsx on the following social media accounts.

Facebook: Paa Kwesi Anderson

X: I Am Epsx

Snapchat: I Am Epsx

Tiktok: I Am Epsx

Instagram: I Am Epsx

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DMV Party In The Park Announces New Venue: The Bullpen, Washington DC

The highly-anticipated outdoor event celebrating Afrobeats music and culture, DMV Party in the Park, has revealed its new location for its upcoming third edition. Organized by StarBuzz Media, this year’s event is set to take place at The Bullpen in Washington DC on Sunday, July 14th.


Building upon the success of its previous editions, which boasted performances by Afrobeats stars such as Sarkodie, King Promise, DBlack, and many others, the DMV Party in the Park aims to elevate the Afrobeats experience to new heights. With the relocation to The Bullpen, organizers are promising an even more vibrant and immersive atmosphere for attendees to enjoy the rhythms and infectious energy of Afrobeats music.


As the largest outdoor Afrobeats event in the DMV Area, the DMV Party in the Park has become a highlight on the summer calendar for music enthusiasts and many others. With its diverse lineup of artists, dynamic performances, and lively atmosphere, the event continues to draw crowds from across the region, solidifying its reputation as a must-attend celebration of African music and culture.


“We are thrilled to bring the DMV Party in the Park to The Bullpen for its third edition,” said Mr. Charles Adu-Koranteng, Founder, and Event Curator based in DMV. “This new location allows us to create an even more immersive experience for our attendees, with plenty of space to dance, socialize, and enjoy the best of Afrobeats music.”


In addition to live performances by top Afrobeats artists, the event will also feature food vendors serving up a delicious array of African cuisine, as well as vendors selling art, fashion, and crafts inspired by the continent’s rich cultural heritage.


Tickets for the DMV Party in the Park are now available for purchase online at []( Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unforgettable celebration of Afrobeats music and culture!



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Bobrisky Sentenced To Six Months In Jail

Nigerian cross-dresser Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, has been sentenced to six months in jail with no option of a fine.


Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos gave the judgment on Friday morning, April 12.


The judge brought down the hammer after Bobrisky had pleaded guilty to a four-count charge of Naira abuse brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


Justice Awogboro held that the judgement would serve as a deterrence to others fond of abusing and mutilating the Nigerian currency.


Trouble started for Bobrisky after he sprayed money at the premiere of Ajakaju, a keenly awaited film by actress and producer Eniola Ajao, at Film One Circle Mall, in the upmarket Lagos district of Lekki last month.


This is not the first time a Nigerian celebrity will be jailed for Naira abuse.


In February, actress Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin was also sentenced to six months in prison for spraying and stepping on new naira notes.

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Danny Lampo Expresses Interest In Collaborative Project With King Paluta

Ghanaian UK-based artist Danny Lampo, dubbed “The Berkshire King of Afrobeat,” has sparked excitement among fans with hints of a collaboration with rising star King Paluta. Exploring their backgrounds, musical styles, and the impact of their collaboration on the Ghanaian music scene.
Originally hailing from Ghana, Danny Lampo has carved a niche for himself in the UK music scene with his infectious Afrobeat sound. His journey from Ghana to the UK reflects a passion for music and a determination to succeed on an international stage. Lampo’s vibrant personality and dynamic stage presence have garnered him a loyal fan base and critical acclaim within the Afrobeat community.
King Paluta, a fast-rising artist from Kumasi, has been making waves in the Ghanaian music industry with his unique blend of rap and Afrobeat. His rise to prominence has been fueled by catchy hooks, witty lyricism, and an authentic storytelling style that resonates with audiences across Ghana. Paluta’s ability to seamlessly fuse traditional Ghanaian sounds with contemporary influences has earned him recognition as one of the country’s most promising talents.
The prospect of Danny Lampo and King Paluta joining forces on a musical project has generated buzz within the music community. Lampo’s infectious melodies and Paluta’s lyrical prowess promise an electrifying collaboration that could transcend cultural boundaries and captivate audiences worldwide. Both artists bring their individual strengths to the table, creating the perfect synergy for a chart-topping hit.
As fans eagerly await the release of their collaboration, expectations are high for what Danny Lampo and King Paluta have in store. The anticipation surrounding their project speaks to the immense talent and creativity they possess, raising the bar for future collaborations in the Ghanaian music scene. With their combined star power and musical ingenuity, Lampo and Paluta are poised to make a lasting impact on the industry.
The collaboration between Danny Lampo and King Paluta represents a meeting of musical minds, blending the best of Ghanaian and UK influences to create something truly special. As they prepare to unleash their joint project onto the world, one thing is certain: the fusion of talent between these two artists is set to elevate the Ghanaian music scene to new heights. Fans can expect nothing less than a musical masterpiece that transcends borders and leaves a lasting impression on listeners everywhere.
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Ghana Comedy Awards 2024 Happening On April 20th

The much anticipated Ghana Comedy Awards scheme, organized by Creative Republic has officially announced the date for the main event, which takes place on 20th April, 2024 for its maiden edition after it was separated from is merger with Poetry, formerly called the Comedy & Poetry Awards (CoPoAwards).


The Scheme is currently the most talked about project as, one of the most credible schemes, throwing the spotlight on celebrating the unique creativity of Comedians who work tirelessly, entertaining us with their unique humoric talents in Ghana.


The nominees for this year is indeed a solid statement of the growth of the Industry as it recognizes hard working and deserving Comedians and Industry players in Ghana and beyond.


Voting officially ends on 10th April as it’s very keen to ones ability to win the prestigious award, amidst other factors which includes Board and Academy reviews and proceedings.


The Venue for the event is the SNAP CINEMA, A.M.A Head office in Accra-Kinbu as it promises to be dazzling with Glitz, Glamour and Humor from names like, OB Amponsah, Lekzy Decomic, Ebenezer Dwomoh, MJ the Comedian and many other wonderful featured performers on the night.


The time for the event is 6pm for Red Carpet and Cocktails, 8pm for Awards celebration. Don’t miss out on the Biggest night of Ghanaian Comedy.

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Ghanaian Stars Shine Bright At Raha Fest In Kenya: DJ Lord OTB, King Promise, And Dancegod Lloyd Steal The Show

Ghanaian talents DJ Lord OTB, King Promise, and Dancegod Lloyd proudly and passionately represented Kenya at the recent Raha Fest, which took place on March 30th and 31st, 2024. The group performed exciting performances that wowed fans, displaying the finest of Ghanaian music and dancing on the global stage.


Raha Fest, Kenya’s widely anticipated music event, featured an outstanding array of talent from throughout Africa. On the second day of the event, Ghana grabbed center stage with King Promise, DJ Lord OTB, and Dancegod Lloyd. The trio gave an outstanding performance that captured the hearts and minds of everyone in attendance.


King Promise, the official headliner for the second day of Raha Fest, made a lasting impression with his deep vocals and chart-topping singles. From “Commando” to “Terminator,” King Promise wowed the crowd with his great talent, receiving loud applause and yells from the audience.


Before King Promise took the stage, DJ Lord OTB set the tone for the evening with a high-energy DJ set that had the audience moving and dancing. DJ Lord OTB maintained the pace with his outstanding track selection and perfect transitions, paving the way for King Promise’s tremendous performance.


To add to the excitement, Dancegod Lloyd collaborated with local Kenyan dancers to create a visually gorgeous and dynamic performance that perfectly complements King Promise’s song. Dancegod Lloyd’s hypnotic choreography added a new level of energy and excitement to the stage, enthralling the crowd with his remarkable moves.


Below are some highlights from the event.



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Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng To Release “Kasa Ma Me” On April 28

The long-awaited song of Ghanaian contemporary gospel singer and songwriter, Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng, is set to be released on April 28, 2024.

She talked about her new project in a post on her social media platforms.


“Let no one cause you to think that you are a failure. Victory is God’s nature. Once you are His, “Kasa Ma Me” shall be your song.

We are not alone. Christ is with us, goes ahead of us and defends us. Surely, “Kasa Ma Me” shall be our song. Jesus did not promise us a challenge free Christian journey. He rather assures that we shall not consumed by the fire and the waters shall not devour us.
“Kasa Ma Me” is our song”.

Now that the release date has been announced, Bishop Cynthia Adu Boateng wishes “Kasa Ma Me” will bring hope, encouragement and joy into the hearts of all who will hear this tune.


The official release date for this song is set to be released on April 28, 2024.

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