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The nominees for the 2019 NAACP Image Awards are officially here. This year will mark the award ceremony’s 50th year.

Beyonce, Jay Z, Janet Jackson, H.E.R., and Ella Mai are among the nominees.

The singers and rapper are all nominated in recording categories.

Below are some of the categories and nominees. The full nominee list can be found here.

Outstanding New Artist

Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)

Jade Novah (EMPIRE)

Koryn Hawthorne (RCA Inspiration)

Omar Wilson (BSE Recordings)

Tory Lanez (Mad Love/Interscope Records)


Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Childish Gambino (RCA Records)

John Legend (Columbia Records)

MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)

Raheem DeVaughn (BMG)


Outstanding Female Artist

Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records)

Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)

H.E.R. (RCA Records)

Janelle Monáe (Atlantic Records)

Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation)


Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

“A Good Night” – John Legend feat. BloodPop (Columbia Records)

“All The Stars” – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (Top Dawg

Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)

“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R., Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)

“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B  (Atlantic Records)

“Everything Is Love” – The Carters (Roc Nation)


Outstanding Jazz Album

“Facing Dragons” – Christian Sands (Mack Avenue)

“Hollywood Africans” – Jon Batiste (Verve)

“RISE!” – Ben Tankard feat. Marion Meadows,  Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson Jr. (Ben-Jamin’ Universal Music)

“The Story of Jaz” – Jazmin Ghent feat. Jeff Lorber, James P. Lloyd, Kim Scott, Philippe Saisse (Jazmin Ghent Music)

“Waiting for the Sunrise” – Camille Thurman (Chesky Records)


Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

“Heart. Passion. Pursuit. Live at Passion City Church” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard

(Motown Gospel)

“Hiding Place” – Tori Kelly (Capitol Records)

“Make Room” – Jonathan McReynolds (Entertainment One)

“One Nation Under God” – Jekalyn Carr (LMG)

“Unstoppable” – Koryn Hawthorne  (RCA Inspirational)


Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

“APES**T” – The Carters (Roc Nation)

“Could’ve Been” – H.E.R. feat. Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)

“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B (Atlantic Records)

“This Is America” – Childish Gambino (RCA Records)

“All The Stars” – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (Top Dawg

Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)


Outstanding Song  Traditional

“Amen” – Andra Day  (Warner Bros. Records)

“Better With You In It” – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)

“Beyond” – Leon Bridges (Columbia Records)

“Long As I Live” – Toni Braxton (Def Jam Recordings)

“Never Alone” – Tori Kelly feat. Kirk Franklin  (Capitol Records)


Outstanding Song  Contemporary

“A Good Night” – John Legend feat. BloodPop (Columbia Records)

“As I Am” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)

“Boo’d Up” – Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)

“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B (Atlantic Records)

“This Is America” – Childish Gambino (RCA Records)


Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation

“Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By” – Kendrick Lamar, SZA feat. 2Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, Saudi, Khalid, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok, SOB x RBE, Jorja Smith, Anderson .Paak, Ab Soul, Reason, Zacari,

Babes Wudumo, Sjava, Travis Scott (Interscope Records)

“Greenleaf, Season 3 (Music from the Original TV series)” – Various Artists (Lions

Gate Entertainment)

“Marvel’s Luke Cage Season Two” – Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

(Mondo Music)

“Insecure® Music From The HBO® Original Series, Season 3” – Various Artists

(RCA Records)

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack From & Inspired by the Motion

Picture” – Various Artists (Republic Records)


Outstanding Album

“Dirty Computer” – Janelle Monáe  (Atlantic Records)

“Ella Mai” – Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)

“Even More” – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)

“Everything Is Love” – The Carters (Roc Nation)

“I Used To Know Her: The Prelude” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)

TELEVISION CATEGORIES Outstanding Comedy Series

“Atlanta” (FX Networks)

“black-ish” (ABC)

“Dear White People” (Netflix)

“grown-ish” (Freeform)

“Insecure” (HBO)


Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “black-ish” (ABC)

Cedric the Entertainer “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX Networks)

Dwayne Johnson, “Ballers” (HBO)

Tracy Morgan, “The Last O.G.” (TBS)


Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

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

Issa Rae, “Insecure” (HBO)

Logan Browning, “Dear White People” (Netflix)

Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish ” (ABC)

Yara Shahidi, “grown-ish” (Freeform)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jay Ellis, “Insecure” (HBO)

John David Washington, “Ballers” (HBO)

Laurence Fishburne, “black-ish” (ABC)

Marcus Scribner, “black-ish” (ABC)

Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Essence Atkins, “Marlon” (NBC)

Marsai Martin, “black-ish” (ABC)

Natasha Rothwell, “Insecure” (HBO)

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

Yvonne Orji, “Insecure” (HBO)


Outstanding Drama Series

“How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

“Power” (Starz)

“Queen Sugar” (OWN)

“The Chi” (Showtime)

“This Is Us” (NBC)


Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Mitchell, “The Chi” (Showtime)

Keith David, “Greenleaf” (OWN)

Kofi Siriboe, “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Omari Hardwick, “Power” (Starz)

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us ” (NBC)


Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard, “Marvel’s Luke Cage” (Netflix)

Naturi Naughton, “Power” (Starz)

Rutina Wesley, “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” (FOX)

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jesse Williams, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

Joe Morton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Jussie Smollett, “Empire” (FOX)

Romany Malco, “A Million Little Things” (ABC)

Wendell Pierce, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Prime Video)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

CCH Pounder, “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)

Lynn Whitfield, “Greenleaf” (OWN)


Sanaa Lathan, “The Affair” (Showtime)

Susan Kelechi Watson, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Thandie Newton, “Westworld” (HBO)


Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series

Erika Alexander – “Black Lightning” –  Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowery (CW)

Kendrick Lamar – “Power” – Happy Birthday (Starz)

Kerry Washington – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Lahey v. Commonwealth of

Pennsylvania (ABC)

Loretta Devine – “Love Is_” – Rose (Going Home) (OWN)

Tisha Campbell-Martin – “Empire” – Without Apology (Fox)


Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Behind The Movement (TV One)

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

Seven Seconds (Netflix)

The Bobby Brown Story (BET)

The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar (Lifetime)


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

Brandon Victor Dixon, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)

John Legend, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC)

Michael B. Jordan, “Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)

Russell Hornsby, “Seven Seconds” (Netflix)

Woody McClain, “The Bobby Brown Story” (BET)


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

Anna Deavere Smith, “Notes From the Field” (HBO)

Gabrielle Dennis, “The Bobby Brown Story” (BET)

Jeanté Godlock, “The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar” (Lifetime)

Regina King, “Seven Seconds” (Netflix)

Toni Braxton, “Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story” (Lifetime)


Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

A Thousand Words With Michelle Obama (BET)


Angela Rye’s State of the Union (BET)

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama (OWN)

Unsung (TV One)


Outstanding Talk Series

“ESPN’s First Take” (ESPN)

“Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)

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


“The Real” (Syndicated)

“The View” (ABC)


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

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

“Shark Tank” (ABC)

“The Voice” (NBC)


Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)

“2 Dope Queens” (HBO)

“Black Girls Rock!” (BET)

“Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo” (CBS)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

“Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia” (Netflix)


Outstanding Children’s Program

“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

“Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” (Disney XD)

“Motown Magic” (Netflix)

“Sesame Street” (HBO)

“Top Chef Junior” (Universal Kids)


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


Alex R. Hibbert – “The Chi” (Showtime)

Lonnie Chavis – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Lyric Ross – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)

Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)


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


Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow Smith – “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)

Joy Reid – “AM Joy” (MSNBC)

LeBron James – “The Shop” (HBO)

Lester Holt – “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” (NBC)

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


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

Iyanla Vanzant – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

LL Cool J – “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network)


Queen Latifah – “Black Girls Rock” (BET)

RuPaul -” RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

Steve Harvey – “Family Feud” (Syndication)

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES Outstanding Documentary (Film)

“Amazing Grace” (Sundial Pictures/Neon)

“Making The Five Heartbeats” (Green Lighthouse)

“Quincy” (Netflix)


“Whitney” (Roadside Attractions/Miramax)


Outstanding Documentary (Television)

“Hope & Fury: MLK, The Movement and the Media” (NBC)

“King in the Wilderness” (HBO)

“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” (HBO)

“Shut Up & Dribble” (Showtime)

“Time For Ilhan” (Fuse)



Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Justin  Simien – “Dear White People” – Chapter 1 (Netflix)

Marquita J. Robinson – “Glow” – Work the Leg (Netflix)

Peter H. Saji – “black-ish” – Purple Rain (ABC)

Regina Y. Hicks – “Insecure” – High-Like (HBO)

Trevor  Noah ,  Steve  Budow ,  David  Kibuuka ,  Zhubin  Parang ,  Dan  Amira , Lauren Sarver Means , Mr. Daniel  Radosh ,  David  Angelo ,  Devin Trey Delliquanti ,  Zachary  DiLanzo – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – 23087

Alex Wagner (Comedy Central)


Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Janine Sherman Barrois – “Claws” – Cracker Casserole (TNT)

Kay Oyegun  “This Is Us” – This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life (NBC)

Lena Waithe – “The Chi” – Pilot (Showtime)

Patrick Joseph Charles – “Black Lightning” – Sins of the Father: The Book of

Redemption (The CW/Netflix)

Lena Waithe, Dime Davis,  – “The Chi” – The Whistle (Showtime)


Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Anna Deavere Smith – “Notes From the Field” (HBO)

David Shanks – “Seven Seconds: Matters of Life and Death” (Netflix)

Katrina M. O’Gilvie – “Behind the Movement” (TV One)

Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi – “Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)

Shalisha Francis – “Seven Seconds: Of Gods and Men” (Netflix)



Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Barry Jenkins – “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Annapurna Pictures)

Boots Riley – “Sorry To Bother You” (Annapurna Pictures)

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – “BlacKkKlansman” (Focus Features)

Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim – “Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole – “Black Panther (Marvel Studios)



MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick  Boseman – “Black Panther”  (Marvel Studios)

Michael B Jordan – “Creed II” (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios)

Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer 2” (Columbia Pictures)

John David Washington – “BlacKkKlansman” (Focus Features)

Stephan James – “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Annapurna Pictures)


Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

“Black Panther”  (Marvel Studios)

“BlacKkKlansman” (Focus Features)

“Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

“The Hate U Give” (20th Century Fox)

“Widows” (20th Century Fox)



Outstanding Motion Picture

“Black Panther” (Marvel Studios)

“BlacKkKlansman” (Focus Features)

“Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (Annapurna Pictures)

“The Hate U Give” (20th Century Fox)



Special Award  Entertainer of the Year


Chadwick Boseman

LeBron James

Regina King

Ryan Coogler


Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth.


Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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