‘Insecure,’ H.E.R. lead 2022 NAACP Image Awards nominations

A man in a suit and a woman in a red dress.
Jay Ellis and Issa Rae in “Insecure.”
(Raymond Liu / HBO)

The nominations for the 2022 NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday morning by “Proud Family” star Kyla Pratt, “black-ish” actor Marcus Scribner and singer-songwriter Tinashe via the @naacpimageawards Instagram page.

Among the top nominees are Netflix, which received the most nods across the film and TV categories; “Insecure,” which led the TV and streaming categories; H.E.R., who dominated the music categories; and publisher Amistad, which fared best in the literary categories.

Nominated for entertainer of the year are Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Regina King and Tiffany Haddish. In order to be considered for the nominations, projects must have been released between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021.

The NAACP Image Awards have honored Black talent for years, across multiple art forms. In 2021, they have a wealth of options.


The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will be hosted by “black-ish” star and seven-time NAACP Image Award winner Anthony Anderson. The two-hour ceremony will run Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on BET.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen a recent surge in cases due to the highly contagious Omicron variant, the NAACP Image Awards will move forward without a live audience this year. Through Feb. 5, fans can vote for their favorite nominees by visiting

And now, here’s a sampling of the nominees for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. (Click here for the full list.)

Actress Anika Noni Rose, singer Chloe Bailey and others revealed the nominees Tuesday for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards. Here is the complete list.

Entertainer of the year

  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Lil Nas X
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Regina King
  • Tiffany Haddish

Outstanding motion picture

  • “Judas and the Black Messiah”
  • “King Richard”
  • “Respect”
  • “The Harder They Fall”
  • “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”

Outstanding actor in a motion picture

  • Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
  • Jonathan Majors, “The Harder They Fall”
  • LaKeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
  • Mahershala Ali, “Swan Song”
  • Will Smith, “King Richard”

Outstanding actress in a motion picture

  • Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
  • Halle Berry, “Bruised”
  • Jennifer Hudson, “Respect”
  • Tessa Thompson, “Passing”
  • Zendaya, “Malcolm & Marie”

Outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture

  • Algee Smith, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
  • Delroy Lindo, “The Harder They Fall”
  • Idris Elba, “The Harder They Fall”
  • LaKeith Stanfield, “The Harder They Fall”

Outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture

  • Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard”
  • Audra McDonald, “Respect”
  • Danielle Deadwyler, “The Harder They Fall”
  • Dominique Fishback, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
  • Regina King, “The Harder They Fall”

Outstanding animated motion picture

  • “Encanto”
  • “Luca”
  • “Raya and the Last Dragon”
  • “Sing 2”
  • “Vivo”
Three people stand in line and talk to one another.
Casey J. Adler as Ernest, left, Wanda Sykes as Lucretia and Page Kennedy as Duck in “The Upshaws.”
(Lara Solanki / Netflix )

Outstanding comedy series

  • “black-ish”
  • “Harlem”
  • “Insecure”
  • “Run the World”
  • “The Upshaws”

Outstanding actor in a comedy series

  • Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
  • Cedric the Entertainer, “The Neighborhood”
  • Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”
  • Elisha “EJ” Williams, “The Wonder Years”
  • Jay Ellis, “Insecure”

Outstanding actress in a comedy series

  • Issa Rae, “Insecure”
  • Loretta Devine, “Family Reunion”
  • Regina Hall, “Black Monday”
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”
  • Yvonne Orji, “Insecure”

Outstanding drama series

  • “9-1-1”
  • “All American”
  • “Godfather of Harlem”
  • “Pose”
  • “Queen Sugar”

Outstanding actor in a drama series

  • Billy Porter, “Pose”
  • Damson Idris, “Snowfall”
  • Forest Whitaker, “Godfather of Harlem”
  • Kofi Siriboe, “Queen Sugar”
  • Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Outstanding actress in a drama series

  • Angela Bassett, “9-1-1”
  • Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Queen Sugar”
  • Octavia Spencer, “Truth Be Told”
  • Queen Latifah, “The Equalizer”
  • Rutina Wesley, “Queen Sugar”

Outstanding television movie, limited-series or dramatic special

  • “Colin in Black & White”
  • “Genius: Aretha”
  • “Love Life”
  • “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”
  • “The Underground Railroad”
A man in a gray suit smiles.
William Jackson Harper in Season 2 of “Love Life.”
(Sarah Shatz / HBO Max)

Outstanding actor in a television movie, limited-series or dramatic special

  • Anthony Mackie, “Solos”
  • Jaden Michael, “Colin in Black & White”
  • Kevin Hart, “True Story”
  • Wesley Snipes, “True Story”
  • William Jackson Harper, “Love Life”

Outstanding actress in a television movie, limited-series or dramatic special

  • Betty Gabriel, “Clickbait”
  • Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”
  • Danielle Brooks, “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”
  • Jodie Turner-Smith, “Anne Boleyn”
  • Taraji P. Henson, “Annie Live!”

Outstanding new artist

  • Cynthia Erivo
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Saweetie
  • Tems
  • Zoe Wees

Outstanding male artist

  • Anthony Hamilton
  • Drake
  • Givēon
  • J. Cole
  • Lil Nas X

Outstanding female artist

  • H.E.R.
  • Ari Lennox
  • Beyoncé
  • Chlöe
  • Jazmine Sullivan

Outstanding album

  • “An Evening With Silk Sonic,” Silk Sonic
  • “Back of My Mind,” H.E.R.
  • “Certified Lover Boy,” Drake
  • “Heaux Tales,” Jazmine Sullivan
  • “When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time,” Givēon