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NAACP Image Awards 2016 - Presenters & Winners List

NAACP Image Awards 2016 - Presenters & Winners List

The 2016 NAACP Image Awards are set to take place tonight and it will be the most diverse awards show of the season without a doubt!

A great list of presenters and nominees are set to attend the show, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Will Smith, Viola Davis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Ken Jeong, Gina Rodriguez, and Keegan-Michael Key are just some of the celebs expected to attend the show.

Make sure to tune in tonight (February 5) at 9/8c on TV One!

Click inside for the full presenters and nominations list…

Celebrity Attendees

Will Smith
Viola Davis
Gina Rodriguez
Kerry Washington
Morris Chestnut
Ice Cube
LL Cool J
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Tika Sumpter
Keegan-Michael Key
O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Chadwick Boseman
Shameik Moore
Abraham Attah
Michael B. Jordan
Tracee Ellis Ross
Loretta Devine
Shonda Rhimes
Omari Hardwick
Wendy Raquel Robinson
Sanaa Lathan
RonReaco Lee
Keke Palmer
Teyonah Parris
Michael Ealy
Tom Joyner
LeToya Luckett
Ken Jeong
F. Gary Gray
The cast and crew of Empire – Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Grace Gealey, Trai Byers, Serayah, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kaitlin Doubleday, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong.

Michael B. Jordan – WINNER
Misty Copeland
Pharrell Williams
Shonda Rhimes
Viola Davis


Outstanding Motion Picture
Beasts of No Nation
Straight Outta Compton – WINNER

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Secret in Their Eyes
Michael B. Jordan, Creed – WINNER
Michael Ealy – The Perfect Guy
Will Smith – Concussion

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Lauren ‘Keke’ Palmer, Brotherly Love
Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy – WINNER
Teyonah Parris – Chi-Raq
Viola Davis, Lila and Eve
Zoe Saldana, Infinitely Polar Bear

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Martian
Corey Hawkins, Straight Outta Compton
Forest Whitaker, Southpaw
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Straight Outta Compton – WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Angela Bassett, Chi-Raq
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Concussion
Jennifer Hudson, Chi-Raq
Phylicia Rashad, Creed – WINNER
Tessa Thompson, Creed

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Beasts of No Nation – WINNER
Brotherly Love
Infinitely Polar Bear
Secret in Their Eyes


Outstanding Comedy Series
black-ish – WINNER
House of Lies
Key & Peele
Orange is the New Black
Survivor’s Remorse

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Anthony Anderson, black-ish – WINNER
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Dwayne Johnson, Ballers
RonReaco Lee, Survivor’s Remorse

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Loretta Devine, The Carmichael Show
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish – WINNER
Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Wendy Raquel Robinson, The Game

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
David Alan Grier, The Carmichael Show
Laurence Fishburne, black-ish
Mike Epps, Survivor’s Remorse – WINNER
Miles Brown, black-ish
Terry Crews, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Anna Deavere Smith, Nurse Jackie
Danielle Brooks, Orange is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black
Marsai Martin, black-ish – WINNER
Tichina Arnold, Survivor’s Remorse

Outstanding Drama Series
Being Mary Jane
Empire – WINNER
How to Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
LL Cool J, NCIS: Los Angeles
Morris Chestnut, Rosewood
Omari Hardwick, Power
Terrence Howard, Empire – WINNER
Wesley Snipes, The Player

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Gabrielle Union, Being Mary Jane
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow
Taraji P. Henson, Empire – WINNER
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alfred Enoch, How to Get Away with Murder
Bryshere Y. Gray, Empire
Guillermo Diaz, Scandal
Joe Morton, Scandal – WINNER
Jussie Smollett, Empire

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead
Grace Gealey, Empire
Naturi Naughton, Power
Regina King, American Crime – WINNER

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
American Crime
The Book of Negroes
The Wiz Live! – WINNER

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The Book of Negroes
David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live! – WINNER
David Oyelowo, Nightingale
Idris Elba, Luther
Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Hotel
Aunjanue Ellis, The Book of Negroes
Jill Scott, With This Ring
LaTonya Richardson Jackson, Show Me a Hero
Queen Latifah, Bessie – WINNER

Outstanding News/ Information (Series or Special)
Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm
News One Now
Oprah Prime: Celebrating Dr. King and the Selma Marches 50 Years Later
Oprah: Where Are They Now?- Civil Rights Special
Unsung – WINNER

Outstanding Talk Series
Melissa Harris-Perry
Steve Harvey
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Talk – WINNER
The Wendy Williams Show

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
Dancing With the Stars
Iyanla: Fix My Life
Shark Tank
The Voice
Welcome to Sweetie Pies – WINNER

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
Black Girls Rock!
Family Feud – WINNER
Oprah’s Master Class
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Outstanding Children’s Program
Doc McStuffins – WINNER
Dora and Friends
K.C. Undercover
Little Ballers
Project MC2

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series)
Hudson Yang, Fresh Off The Boat
Marcus Scribner, black-ish – WINNER
Marsai Martin, black-ish
Miles Brown, black-ish
Skai Jackson, Jessie

Outstanding Host in News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special)
Steve Harvey, Family Feud – WINNER
Melissa Harris-Perry, Melissa Harris-Perry
Bryant Gumbel, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Larry Wilmore, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Alan Yang, Aziz Ansari, Master of None – “Parents”
Jennie Snyder Urman, Jane The Virgin – “Chapter Twenty-Three”
Jill Soloway, Transparent – “Kina Hora”
Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Augusta Jackson, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders, Rich Talarico, Key & Peele – “Y’all Ready For This?”
Kenya M. Barris, black-ish – “The Word” – WINNER

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Erika Green Swafford, Doug Stockstill, How to Get Away with Murder – “Mama’s Here Now”
John Ridley, American Crime – “Episode 1″
LaToya Morgan, TURN: Washingtons Spies – “False Flag”
Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Empire – “Pilot”
Mara Brock Akil, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff, Being Mary Jane – “Sparrow” – WINNER

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Dee Rees, Bessie
Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes – WINNER
Michael S. Bandy, Eric Stein, White Water
Nzingha Stewart, With This Ring
Shem Bitterman, Whitney

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, Straight Outta Compton
Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson, McFarland USA
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Inside Out
Rick Famuyiwa, Dope
Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Creed – WINNER


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari, Master of None – “Parents”
Brad Silberling, Jane The Virgin – “Chapter Twenty-Three”
Don Cheadle, House of Lies – “The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule” – WINNER
Peter Atencio, Key & Peele – “The End”
Stan Lathan, Real Husbands of Hollywood – “Cabin Pressure”

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson, Hand of God – “Welcome the Stranger”
John Ridley, American Crime – “Episode 1″ – WINNER
Lee Daniels, Empire – “Pilot”
Millicent Shelton, American Crime – “Episode Ten”
Salim Akil, Being Mary Jane – “Sparrow”

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Christine Swanson, For the Love of Ruth
Dee Rees, Bessie – WINNER
Nzingha Stewart, With This Ring
Rusty Cundieff, White Water
Salim Akil, The Start Up

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Charles Stone, III, Lila and Eve
F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton
Rick Famuyiwa, Dope
Ryan Coogler, Creed – WINNER


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)
Aisha Tyler, Archer
Audra McDonald, Doc McStuffins
Jeffrey Wright, The Good Dinosaur
Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins – WINNER
Wanda Sykes, Penn Zero


Outstanding New Artist
Andra Day
Judith Hill
Jussie Smollett – WINNER
The Weeknd

Outstanding Male Artist
Charlie Wilson
Kendrick Lamar
Pharrell Williams – WINNER
The Weeknd
Tyrese Gibson

Outstanding Female Artist
Janet Jackson
Jazmine Sullivan
Jill Scott – WINNER
Lalah Hathaway
Lauryn Hill

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett – WINNER
“Hamilton: An American Musical” – Original Broadway Cast
“No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole
“One Man Can Change The World” – Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend
“Sound & Color” – Alabama Shakes

Outstanding Jazz Album
BrotherLEE Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan – Terell Stafford Quintet
Dee Dee’s Feathers – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 – Miles Davis – WINNER
The Complete Concert By The Sea – Erroll Garner
The Epic – Kamasi Washington

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
A Different Place – Kim Burrell
It’s Personal – Tina Campbell – WINNER
Losing My Religion – Kirk Franklin
The Gospel According To Jazz – Chapter IV – Kirk Whalum
You Shall Live – Marvin Sapp

Outstanding Music Video
“Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
“Freedom” – Pharrell Williams
“No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole
“Shame” – Tyrese Gibson – WINNER
“Sound & Color” – Alabama Shakes

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“Back Together” – Jill Scott – WINNER
“Everytime I’m With You” – Seal
“Feeling Good” – Lauryn Hill
“Goodnight Kisses” – Charlie Wilson
“Let It Burn” – Jazmine Sullivan

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett
“Freedom” – Pharrell Williams
“No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole
“Unbreakable” – Janet Jackson
“You’re So Beautiful” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz – WINNER

Outstanding Album
Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd
Empire (Original Soundtrack from Season One) – Empire Cast
Forever Charlie – Charlie Wilson
Unbreakable – Janet Jackson
Woman – Jill Scott – WINNER


Outstanding Documentary (Film)
In My Fathers House
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – WINNER
What Happened, Miss Simone?

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
Kareem: Minority of One
Light Girls
Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ – WINNER


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
Driving the King – Ravi Howard
Ghost Summer: Stories – Tananarive Due
Mama’s Boy – ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Stand Your Ground – Victoria Christopher Murrary – WINNER
Under the Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership – Kathey Porter, Andrea Hoffman
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America – Jill Leovy
SHOWDOWN: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America – Wil Haygood
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga – Pamela Newkirk – WINNER
The Light of the World – Elizabeth Alexander

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma – WINNER
The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America – April D. Ryan
The Star Side of Bird Hill – Naomi Jackson
The Turner House – Angela Flournoy
The Wind In The Reeds: A Storm, A Play And The City That Could Not Be Broken – Wendell Pierce, Rod Dreher

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye – Jan Gaye with David Ritz
Between The World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates – WINNER
One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York – Arthur Browne
Power Forward: My Presidential Education – Reggie Love
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
Big Words to Little Me: Tips and Advice for the Younger Self – Sakina Ibrahim with Jessie Lee
Free Your Mind: An African American Guide to Meditation and Freedom – Cortez R. Rainey
Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories – Jocelyn Delk Adams
Keep Calm… It’s Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide To Buying A Home – Egypt Sherrod
Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family – Alice Randall, Caroline Randall Williams – WINNER

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude – Ross Gay
How to Be Drawn – Terrance Hayes – WINNER
Reconnaissance – Carl Phillips
Redbone – Mahogany L. Browne
Wild Hundreds – Nate Marshall

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts – Nikki Grimes (Author), Michele Wood (Illustrator)
Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America – Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Jamey Christoph (Illustrator) – WINNER
Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box – Michael S. Bandy (Author), Eric Stein (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
If You Plant a Seed – Kadir Nelson
New Shoes – Susan Lynn Meyer (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound – Andrea Davis Pinkney
Stella By Starlight – Sharon Draper
Untwine – Edwidge Danticat
X: A Novel – Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon – WINNER
You Are Wonderfully Made: 12 Life-Changing Principles for Teen Girls to Embrace – Gwen Richardson, Sylvia Daye Richardson

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  • Conte435

    O look blacks giving awards only to blacks.. And they have the gall to complain about the Oscar’s .. I see that racist, hypocrite Will Smith front and centre.

    The only difference is no one in the world gives sh*t about what blacks think is award worthy and what they do.
    And that’s why they have to try by coercion to take over the Oscar’s and demand Hollywood put them in every movie ..while reminding everyone ad nauseum that the Oscar’s are white people awards, still doesn’t stop from wanting nominations every year.

    The acting & movie catorgroies are funny sh*t on these lists, they themselves couldn’t even find award worthy performances to fill 5 slots. Ahhhahhhh.

  • Ariana

    Oh look, no White, Asian, Indian, Hispanic, Native Americans here on this list! Lets boycott the NAACP over THEIR lack of diversity!
    These hypocritical Oscar boycotters have some nerve calling the Academy racist when they themselves exclude other races all the time.

  • Ariana

    I agree. I mean The Perfect Guy? LOL!
    You are correct when you say this award show could not even nominate some really good black actors but instead nominated some pretty bad and dumb performances.

  • Cruizin1960

    “The 2016 NAACP Image Awards are set to take place tonight and it will be the most diverse awards show of the season without a doubt!”

    diverse: showing a great deal of variety; very different

    Right. Diverse. Please explain how ANYTHING about this show is diverse!

  • devvv

    Gina Rodriguez is Hispanic. Hudson Yang is Asian. Zoe Saldana is Hispanic. Guillermo Diaz is Hispanic. Aziz Ansari is Indian. The cast of Hamiltion and Alabama Shakes are both mulitiracial (including white people). An award show devoted to nominating those who don’t get nominated elsewhere is diverse. And oddly, even with it being devoted to Colored People, white people still get nominated.

  • Conte435

    Are you for real.. 50 million categories here, movies, TV, books, could maybe find 3 or 4 people that are maybe not all black. Alabama Shakes- lead singer a mixed black women . Zoe Saldana a black Hispanic .

    The most nominated film at the Oscar’s is a Mexican Directed and Produced movie, nominated in both areas, other non acting awards with non whites nominated too.

    ALL of the NACCP movie awards in 2015 nominations ONLY blacks are nominated.

    I guess the other ” people of colour ” should boycott NACCP awards this year.
    Are Chinese, Japanese and Koreans in this ” people of colour” group since really their pigmentation pretty much not ” coloured” lol

    21 century made-up word by black racists, to try to make it like it’s whites against everyone, cause blacks need all the help they can get.

  • Ariana

    No look again. All of the nominees are black. Just admit that blacks are more racist then whites are.

  • Ariana

    Right on. There are no other nominees except black ones here. Blacks are the most racist, most hypocritical cry babies out there.

  • Bwest

    Why are you still here complaining?I have not seen you complain in other awards when only white wins! It is not a consolation , here they recognize who is NEVER seen as major as a white ! Go claim in the list of others here have shown that whites do not have as much talent as ! That’s it

  • Ariana

    I can complain as much as I want. This NAACP awards shows that its blacks who are the true racists.

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  • jimmylshirleyjr

    I will say it this way.
    Because, it is mostly only Black people who complain about being left out, even if/even though they may not deserve the recognition. And so by having these Black-only awards, by not even nominating Whites they open themselves to charges of hypocrisy, thus lies.
    This is not hard to comprehend. Blacks make up about 12% of the U.S. population. YET, they bitterly complain about being over-represented in areas that cast them in a bad light, such as prisons, but never acknowledge being over-represented in the NFL or NBA (Negro Football League/Negro Basketball Association, respectively). AND, after more than 60 years of whining and a trillion dollars of expenditures and showing nothing for it, we the taxpayers, who are mostly White, are damn tired of it. And all these DEMANDS for yet even more money in the form of cash, the mis-named “reparations” is sure to be the straw that breaks the back of us White taxpayers. IT is our money after all.