|53rd NAACP Image Awards|
|Date||February 26, 2022|
|Site||Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California|
|Hosted by||Anthony Anderson|
The 53rd NAACP Image Awards, presented by the NAACP, honored outstanding representations and achievements of people of color in motion pictures, television, music, and literature during the 2021 calendar year. The ceremony aired on February 26, 2022, on BET and simulcast on several of its sister Paramount Global Networks. The ceremony was hosted for the ninth time by actor Anthony Anderson. Presentations of untelevised categories were livestreamed on January 18, 2022, on the ceremony's website.
The nominations were announced on January 18, 2022, with the film The Harder They Fall and the comedy series Insecure leading the nominations with twelve each. In the recording categories, H.E.R. received the most nominations with six, followed by Chlöe, Drake, Silk Sonic and Jazmine Sullivan with four each. For the first time in the history of the awards ceremony, it have been included five categories to reward podcasts and social media influencer.
American journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones was honored with the Social Justice Impact Award at the ceremony for her "social efforts in reporting for The New York Times Magazine about the police injustices and crimes against black people in the United States". American actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson was also honored with the Chairman's Award, for his "social activism in the 1960s, even serving as an usher at Martin Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral. His continued public service and advocacy for social change".
For the first time since 1993 ceremony, members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Texas House Democratic Caucus and Texas Legislative Black Caucus were recognized with the Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award to "exemplify the spirit of the NAACP".
The ceremony honored the President of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches, Scot X. Esdaile, with the first ever Activist of the Year Award. NAACP Youth-Council founder Chinning Hill was recognized with the first ever Youth Activist of the Year Award.
All nominees are listed below, and the winners are listed in bold.
|Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award|
|Entertainer of the Year|
|Social Justice Impact Award|
|Youth Activist of the Year|
|Activist of the Year|
|NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award|
|Outstanding Motion Picture||Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture|
|Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture|
|Outstanding International Motion Picture||Outstanding Independent Motion Picture|
|Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture||Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture|
|Outstanding Animated Motion Picture||Outstanding Character Voice Performance – Motion Picture|
|Outstanding Short Form (Live Action)||Outstanding Short Form (Animated)|
|Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)||Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture|
Television and Streaming
|Outstanding Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series|
|Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series|
Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
|Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special|
|Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special||Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special|
|Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special||Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special|
|Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series)||Outstanding Guest Actor or Actress in a Television Series|
Reality and Variety
|Outstanding Talk Series||Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition Series or Game Show|
|Outstanding News / Information – (Series or Special)||Outstanding Host in a Talk or News / Information (Series or Special)|
|Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special)||Outstanding Host in a Reality, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special)|
|Outstanding Short-Form Series (Drama or Comedy)||Outstanding Short-Form Series - Reality/Nonfiction|
|Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television)||Outstanding Children's Program|
|Outstanding Animated Series||Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)|
|Outstanding Album||Outstanding New Artist|
|Outstanding Male Artist||Outstanding Female Artist|
|Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)||Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)|
|Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album||Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album|
|Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album||Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song|
|Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental||Outstanding Jazz Album – Vocal|
|Outstanding Soul/R&B Song||Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song|
|Outstanding International Song|
|Outstanding News and Information Podcast||Outstanding Lifestyle/Self-Help Podcast|
|Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast||Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Podcast|
|Social Media Personality of the Year|
|Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction||Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction|
|Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author||Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography|
|Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional||Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry|
|Outstanding Literary Work – Children||Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens|
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