NAACP Image Awards
The NAACP Image Award is an annual awards ceremony presented by the U.S.-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature. Similar to other awards, like the Oscars and the Grammys, the over 40 categories of the Image Awards are voted on by the award organization's members (in this case, NAACP members). Honorary awards (similar to the Academy Honorary Award) have also been included, such as the President's Award, the Chairman's Award, the Entertainer of the Year, and the Hall of Fame Award.
|NAACP Image Award|
|Awarded for||Excellence in film, television, music, and literature|
The award ceremony was first presented in 1968 and was first nationally televised in 1994 on the Fox Network. There was no awards ceremony in 1973 or 1995. The first live broadcast of the event, also on the Fox Network, occurred in 2007 for its 38th edition (up until 2007, the ceremony had been broadcast with tape delay) and the annual ceremonies usually take place in or around the Los Angeles, United States area, in February or early March. The 44th edition aired on NBC. Sources have had trouble verifying the winners in the top categories from 1983-1995.
The New York firm Society Awards manufactures the trophy since its redesign in 2008.
Event dates and locations
|1st||1970||The Beverly Hilton|
|5th||January 19, 1973||Hollywood Palladium|
|11th||January 27, 1979||Hollywood Palladium|
|12th||January 27, 1980||Louis Gossett Jr./Rita Moreno/Ted Lange/Benjamin Hooks/Valenti|
|13th||December 5, 1981||Robert Guillaume||Hollywood Palladium|
|14th||December, 1982||Jayne Kennedy/George Peppard/Michael Warren|
|15th||December 4, 1983||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion|
|18th||December 13, 1986||Debbie Allen/Denzel Washington|
|21st||December 9, 1989|
|23rd||January 11, 1991|
|24th||January 16, 1992||Pasadena Civic Auditorium|
|25th||January 5, 1993|
|26th||January 5, 1994|
|27th||April, 1996||Whitney Houston/Denzel Washington|
|28th||February 8, 1997||Arsenio Hall/Patti LaBelle|
|29th||February 14, 1998||Vanessa L. Williams/Gregory Hines|
|30th||February 14, 1999||Mariah Carey/Blair Underwood||Pasadena Civic Auditorium|
|31st||February 12, 2000||Diana Ross|
|32nd||February 23, 2001||Chris Tucker||Universal Amphitheatre|
|33rd||March 3, 2002|
|34th||March 8, 2003||Cedric the Entertainer|
|35th||March 6, 2004||Tracee Ellis Ross/Golden Brooks/Persia White/Jill Marie Jones|
|36th||March 19, 2005||Chris Tucker||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion|
|37th||February 26, 2006||Cuba Gooding Jr.||Shrine Auditorium|
|38th||March 2, 2007||LL Cool J|
|39th||February 14, 2008||D. L. Hughley|
|40th||February 12, 2009||Halle Berry/Tyler Perry|
|41st||February 26, 2010||Anika Noni Rose/Hill Harper|
|42nd||March 4, 2011||Wayne Brady/Holly Robinson Peete|
|43rd||February 17, 2012||Sanaa Lathan/Anthony Mackie|
|44th||February 1, 2013||Steve Harvey|
|45th||February 22, 2014||Anthony Anderson||Pasadena Civic Auditorium|
|46th||February 6, 2015|
|47th||February 5, 2016|
|48th||February 11, 2017|
|49th||January 15, 2018|
|50th||March 30, 2019||Dolby Theatre|
In 1987, the NAACP came under fire for dropping their Best Actress award for that year. They defended this position, citing a lack of meaningful roles for black women. In 1990, they were criticized once again for not awarding Best Actress. This was the fourth time it could not find enough nominees for Best Actress. Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the organization's Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch, said, "The [film] industry has yet to show diversity or present realistic leading roles for African-American women."
In other years, some nominees have been called undeserving of NAACP attention. In response, some NAACP representatives have argued that the quality of an artist's work is the salient issue, with factors such as criminal charges inconsequential in this regard. For example, in 1994, Tupac Shakur was a nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for the film Poetic Justice despite the filing of sexual assault charges against him in December 1993. More specifically, Shakur had been accused of felony counts of forcible sodomy and unlawful detainment in New York City, when a woman alleged that he and two other men held her down in a hotel room while a fourth man sodomized her. Shakur was also indicted for two counts of aggravated assault in an unrelated incident in which he supposedly shot and wounded two off-duty police officers. In the same year, Martin Lawrence was criticized for winning Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Comedy Series and the show was criticized for its sexual controversy. In 2004, R. Kelly's Chocolate Factory was nominated for Outstanding Album while he was under indictment for charges related to child pornography.
Other nominees have faced controversy due to their portrayals of major civil rights figures. In 2003, the movie Barbershop received five nominations, including Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Supporting Actor (for Cedric the Entertainer's performance). In the film, Cedric's character makes pejorative remarks about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jackson, and Jesse Jackson, content that elicited criticism, including Rosa Parks's refusal to attend the awards event. The rap group OutKast received six nominations in 2004 but faced criticism because they had previously recorded the song "Rosa Parks", which had resulted in Parks suing them over the use of her name.
These are the major categories:
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