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2023 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

Clients: Ryan Coogler – Writer, Director; Lil Rel Howery – Talent, Writer, Executive Producer

The 54th NAACP Image Awards is ready to dole out shiny new trophies to honor the trove of outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across television, music, streaming, podcasts, literature and film, and the promotion of social justice through their creative endeavors

This year's annual show will be the first with an in-person audience since the show was hosted in February 2020, also at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. It's also the first to include three new categories within the motion picture, television + streaming categories -- Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Make-Up and Outstanding Costume Design.

"Throughout the past year, we've witnessed Black artists showcasing our history and uplifting values of progressive change, while redefining genres and bringing our stories to the forefront of entertainment in so many innovative ways," Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, said in a statement. "Black voices are necessary to continually inspire audiences around the world. We're proud to once again provide a platform that both elevates and celebrates these voices through the 54th NAACP Image Awards."

"BET is extremely proud to continue our long-standing partnership with the NAACP and magnify their endeavors to honor the incredible contributions made by the Black community," added BET president and CEO Scott Mills. "We're looking forward to celebrating Black excellence at next year's Image Awards on all of our platforms, honoring those who help tell our diverse stories in powerful ways."

Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar are the top music nominees, with five nods each. Notably, all five of the nominees for Entertainer of the Year are women, including Mary J. Blige, Angela Bassett, Quinta Brunson, Viola Davis and Zendaya.

Armani White, Coco Jones, Fivio Foreign, Adam Blackstone and Steve Lacy are all nominees for Outstanding New Artist.

Winners will be revealed during the two-hour special on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8/7c on BET.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Outstanding Motion Picture

A Jazzman's Blues (Netflix)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios)

Emancipation (Apple TV)

The Woman King (Sony Pictures Releasing)

TILL (United Artists Releasing/Orion Pictures)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Music From and Inspired By – Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Dave Jordan (Hollywood Records)

Bridgerton Season Two (Soundtrack from the Netflix Series) – Kris Bowers (Capitol Records)

Entergalactic – Kid Cudi (Republic Records)

P-Valley: Season 2 (Music From the Original TV Series) – Various Artists (Lions Gate Records)

The Woman King – Terence Blanchard (Milan Records)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special

Bree West – A Wesley Christmas (BET Networks)

Ian Edelman, Maurice Williams – Entergalactic (Netflix)

Jerrod Carmichael – Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel (HBO Max)

Lil Rel Howery – Lil Rel Howery: I said it. Y'all Thinking it (HBO Max)

Matt Lopez – Father of the Bride (HBO Max)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture

Charles Murray – The Devil You Know (Lionsgate)

Dana Stevens, Maria Bello – The Woman King (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Jordan Peele – Nope (Universal Pictures)

Krystin Ver Linden – Alice (Vertical Entertainment)

Ryan Coogler – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Antoine Fuqua – Emancipation (Apple)

Chinonye Chukwu – TILL (United Artists Releasing/Orion Pictures)

Gina Prince-Bythewood – The Woman King (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Kasi Lemmons – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Ryan Coogler – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios)

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