The 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominees Announced (list)

January 20, 2016

tika sumpter 47th naacp image awardsThe nominees for the 47th NAACP Image Awards were announced today during a press conference from The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. The categories and nominees were announced by Guillermo Díaz (Scandal), Tika Sumpter (The Haves and the Have Nots), Danielle Nicolet (Born Again Virgin), Marsai Martin (Black-ish), and Miles Brown (Black-ish). In addition, the event was live streamed and special commentary was provided by Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight).

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c.

“The Image Awards celebrates individuals who model principles of hard work, perseverance, and community empowerment and with the announcement of this year’s nominees the NAACP continues to spotlight the achievements of those in our community,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “We have enjoyed a great collaboration with TV One and look forward to working with them again this year to create a memorable evening of entertainment.”

“The NAACP Image Awards has become more than just a ceremony, but an institution for artists and social justice warriors of color to be recognized and celebrated,” stated Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP. “As the Image Awards continues to grow and evolve, the principles of social justice will remain at its core.”
ABC and BET lead the nominees in the TV categories with 28 and 13 nominations respectively, followed by FOX with 12. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with 10 nominations, followed by RCA with 9 nominations and BMG with 6 nominations. Warner Brothers leads with 6 nominations, while Universal Pictures and Netflix both received 5 nominations in the motion picture categories.

For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at

Following is the complete list of categories and nominees for the 47th NAACP Image Awards:


·          Michael B. Jordan

·          Misty Copeland

·          Pharrell Williams

·          Shonda Rhimes

·          Viola Davis


Outstanding Comedy Series

•     “black-ish” (ABC)

•     “House of Lies” (Showtime)

•     “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

•     “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

•     “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

•     Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

•     Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)

•     Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime)

•     Dwayne Johnson – “Ballers” (HBO)

•     RonReaco Lee – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

•     Gina Rodriguez – “Jane The Virgin” (The CW)

•     Loretta Devine – “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)

•     Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

•     Uzo Aduba – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

•     Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

•     David Alan Grier – “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)

•     Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)

•     Mike Epps – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

•     Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

•     Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

•     Anna Deavere Smith – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

•     Danielle Brooks – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

•     Laverne Cox – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

•     Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)

•     Tichina Arnold – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Drama Series

•     “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

•     “Empire” (FOX)

•     “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

•     “Power” (Starz)

•     “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

•     LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

•     Morris Chestnut – “Rosewood” (FOX)

•     Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz)

•     Terrence Howard – “Empire” (FOX)

•     Wesley Snipes – “The Player” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

•     Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

•     Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)

•     Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)

•     Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)

•     Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

•     Alfred Enoch – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

•     Bryshere Y. Gray – “Empire” (FOX)

•     Guillermo Diaz – “Scandal” (ABC)

•     Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

•     Jussie Smollett – “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

•     Cicely Tyson – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

•     Danai Gurira – “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

•     Grace Gealey – “Empire” (FOX)

•     Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)

•     Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

•     “American Crime” (ABC)

•     “Bessie” (HBO)

•     “Luther” (BBC America)

•     “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

•     “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)

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

•     Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

•     David Alan Grier – “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)

•     David Oyelowo – “Nightingale” (HBO)

•     Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)

•     Michael Kenneth Williams – “Bessie” (HBO)

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

•     Angela Bassett – “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX Networks)

•     Aunjanue Ellis – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

•     Jill Scott – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

•     LaTonya Richardson Jackson – “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)

•     Queen Latifah – “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)

•     “Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm” (ABC)

•     “News One Now” (TV One)

·         “Oprah Prime: Celebrating Dr. King and the Selma Marches 50 Years Later” (OWN)

•     “Oprah: Where Are They Now?- Civil Rights Special” (OWN)

•     “Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

•     “Melissa Harris-Perry” (MSNBC)

•     “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

•     “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

•     “The Talk” (CBS)

•     “The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

•     “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)

•     “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

•     “Shark Tank” (ABC)

•     “The Voice” (NBC)

•     “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

•     “Black Girls Rock!” (BET)

•     “Family Feud” (Syndicated)

•     “Oprahs Master Class” (OWN)

•     “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

•     “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Children’s Program

•     “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

•     “Dora and Friends” (Nickelodeon)

•     “K.C. Undercover” (Disney Channel)

•     “Little Ballers” (Nickelodeon)

•     “Project MC2” (Netflix)

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

•     Hudson Yang – “Fresh Off The Boat” (ABC)

•     Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)

•     Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)

•     Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

•     Skai Jackson – “Jessie” (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or

•     “Family Feud” – Steve Harvey (Syndicated)

•     “Melissa Harris-Perry” – Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

•     “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel ” – Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

•     “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

•     “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” – Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central)


Outstanding New Artist

•     Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records)

•     Judith Hill (NPG Records)

•     Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

•     The Weeknd (Republic Records)

•     Yazz (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

•     Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)

•     Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope)

•     Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)

•     The Weeknd (Republic Records)

•     Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

Outstanding Female Artist

•     Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

•     Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

•     Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

•     Lalah Hathaway (Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One)

•     Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

·         “Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

·         “Hamilton: An American Musical” – Original Broadway Cast (Atlantic Records)

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