47th NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Announced: Shonda Rhimes, Michael B Jordan, Misty Copeland, Pharrell & More!

See the complete list of categories and nominees for the 47th NAACP Image Awards:


Michael B. Jordan

Misty Copeland

Pharrell Williams

Shonda Rhimes

Viola Davis


Outstanding Comedy Series

• “black-ish” (ABC)

• “House of Lies” (Showtime)

• “Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

• “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

• Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” (Showtime)

• Dwayne Johnson – “Ballers” (HBO)

• RonReaco Lee – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

• Gina Rodriguez – “Jane The Virgin” (The CW)

• Loretta Devine – “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)

• Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Uzo Aduba – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

• David Alan Grier – “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)

• Laurence Fishburne – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Mike Epps – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

• Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

• Anna Deavere Smith – “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

• Danielle Brooks – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Laverne Cox – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

• Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Tichina Arnold – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

Outstanding Drama Series

• “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

• “Empire” (FOX)

• “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• “Power” (Starz)

• “Scandal” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

• LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

• Morris Chestnut – “Rosewood” (FOX)

• Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz)

• Terrence Howard – “Empire” (FOX)

• Wesley Snipes – “The Player” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

• Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET)

• Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)

• Nicole Beharie – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX)

• Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)

• Viola Davis – “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

• Alfred Enoch – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• Bryshere Y. Gray – “Empire” (FOX)

• Guillermo Diaz – “Scandal” (ABC)

• Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)

• Jussie Smollett – “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

• Cicely Tyson – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

• Danai Gurira – “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

• Grace Gealey – “Empire” (FOX)

• Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)

• Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

• “American Crime” (ABC)

• “Bessie” (HBO)

• “Luther” (BBC America)

• “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

• “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

• Cuba Gooding, Jr. – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

• David Alan Grier – “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)

• David Oyelowo – “Nightingale” (HBO)

• Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)

• Michael Kenneth Williams – “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

• Angela Bassett – “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX Networks)

• Aunjanue Ellis – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

• Jill Scott – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

• LaTonya Richardson Jackson – “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)

• Queen Latifah – “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)

• “Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm” (ABC)

• “News One Now” (TV One)

“Oprah Prime: Celebrating Dr. King and the Selma Marches 50 Years Later” (OWN)

• “Oprah: Where Are They Now?- Civil Rights Special” (OWN)

• “Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

• “Melissa Harris-Perry” (MSNBC)

• “Steve Harvey” (Syndicated)

• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

• “The Talk” (CBS)

• “The Wendy Williams Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

• “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)

• “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)

• “Shark Tank” (ABC)

• “The Voice” (NBC)

• “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

• “Black Girls Rock!” (BET)

• “Family Feud” (Syndicated)

• “Oprahs Master Class” (OWN)

• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

• “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Children’s Program

• “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

• “Dora and Friends” (Nickelodeon)

• “K.C. Undercover” (Disney Channel)

• “Little Ballers” (Nickelodeon)

• “Project MC2” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-series)

• Hudson Yang – “Fresh Off The Boat” (ABC)

• Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Miles Brown – “black-ish” (ABC)

• Skai Jackson – “Jessie” (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or

• “Family Feud” – Steve Harvey (Syndicated)

• “Melissa Harris-Perry” – Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

• “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel ” – Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

• “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” – Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central)


Outstanding New Artist

• Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records)

• Judith Hill (NPG Records)

• Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

• The Weeknd (Republic Records)

• Yazz (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

• Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)

• Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope)

• Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)

• The Weeknd (Republic Records)

• Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

Outstanding Female Artist

• Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

• Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

• Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

• Lalah Hathaway (Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One)

• Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

“Hamilton: An American Musical” – Original Broadway Cast (Atlantic Records)

“No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

“One Man Can Change The World” – Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings)

“Sound & Color” – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album

“BrotherLEE Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan” – Terell Stafford Quintet (Capri Records)

“Dee Dee’s Feathers” – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Okeh)

“Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4” – Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy Recordings)

“The Complete Concert By The Sea” – Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings/Octave Music Publishing Corporation)

The Epic” – Kamasi Washington (Brainfeeder)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)

• “A Different Place” – Kim Burrell (Shanachie Entertainment)

• “It’s Personal” – Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative)

• “Losing My Religion” – Kirk Franklin (RCA Inspiration)

• “The Gospel According To Jazz – Chapter IV” – Kirk Whalum (Mack Avenue Records, Rendezvous, Top Drawer Records)

• “You Shall Live” – Marvin Sapp (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video

• “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd (Republic Records)

• “Freedom” – Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)

• “No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

• “Shame” – Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

• “Sound & Color” – Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

• “Back Together” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

• “Everytime I’m With You” – Seal (Reprise Records)

• “Feeling Good” – Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)

• “Goodnight Kisses” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)

• “Let It Burn” – Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album

“Beauty Behind the Madness” – The Weeknd (Republic Records)

“Empire (Original Soundtrack from Season One)” – Empire Cast (Columbia Records)

“Forever Charlie” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)

“Unbreakable” – Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

“Woman” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia)

“Freedom” – Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)

“No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

“Unbreakable” – Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

“You’re So Beautiful” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

• “Driving the King” – Ravi Howard (HarperCollins/Harper)

• “Ghost Summer: Stories” – Tananarive Due (Prime Books)

• “Mama’s Boy” – ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)

• “Stand Your Ground” – Victoria Christopher Murrary (Touchstone)

• “Under the Udala Trees” – Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

• “50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership” – Kathey Porter (Author), Andrea Hoffman (Author), (Palgrave Macmillan)

• “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America” – Jill Leovy (Spiegel & Grau)

“SHOWDOWN: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” – Wil Haygood (Alfred A. Knopf)

• “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” – Pamela Newkirk


• “The Light of the World” – Elizabeth Alexander (Grand Central Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

• “Between The World and Me” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

• “The Fishermen” – Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company)

• “The Star Side of Bird Hill” – Naomi Jackson (Penguin Press)

• “The Turner House” – Angela Flournoy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

• “The Wind In The Reeds: A Storm, A Play And The City That Could Not Be Broken” – Wendell Pierce (Author), Rod Dreher (Author), (Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography

• “After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye” – Jan Gaye (Author), David Ritz (With), (HarperCollins/Amistad)

• “Between The World and Me” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)

• “One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York” – Arthur Browne (Beacon Press)

• “Power Forward: My Presidential Education” – Reggie Love (Simon & Schuster)

• “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person” – Shonda Rhimes (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

• “Big Words to Little Me: Tips and Advice for the Younger Self” – Sakina Ibrahim

(Author), Jessie Lee (With), (Createspace (Self published))

“Free Your Mind: An African American Guide to Meditation and Freedom” – Cortez R. Rainey (CreateSpace)

“Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories” – Jocelyn Delk Adams (Agate Surrey)

“Keep Calm… It’s Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide To Buying A Home” – Egypt Sherrod (Perseus/Running Press)

• “Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family” – Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Randall Williams (Author), (Clarkson Potter)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude” – Ross Gay (University of Pittsburgh Press)

“How to Be Drawn” – Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books / Penguin Random House)

“Reconnaissance” – Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

“Redbone” – Mahogany L. Browne (Willow Books)

“Wild Hundreds” – Nate Marshall (University of Pittsburgh Press)

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), (Orchard Books / Scholastic)

• “Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America” – Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Jamey Christoph (Illustrator), (Albert Whitman & Company)

“Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box” – Michael S. Bandy (Author), Eric Stein (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator), (Candlewick Press)

• “If You Plant a Seed” – Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins


“New Shoes” – Susan Lynn Meyer (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator), (Holiday House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Roaring Brook Press)

“Stella By Starlight” – Sharon Draper (Simon & Schuster)

“Untwine” – Edwidge Danticat (Scholastic Press)

“X: A Novel” – Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), Kekla Magoon (With), (Candlewick Press)

“You Are Wonderfully Made: 12 Life-Changing Principles for Teen Girls to Embrace” – Gwen Richardson (Author), Sylvia Daye Richardson (Author), (Cushcity Communications)


Outstanding Motion Picture

• “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

• “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

• “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

• “Dope” (Open Road Films)

• “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Abraham Attah – “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Secret in Their Eyes” (STX Entertainment)

Michael B. Jordan – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Michael Ealy – “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)

Will Smith – “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

• Lauren ‘Keke’ Palmer – “Brotherly Love” (Flavor Unit)

• Sanaa Lathan – “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)

• Teyonah Parris – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

• Viola Davis – “Lila and Eve” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

• Zoe Saldana – “Infinitely Polar Bear” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

• Chiwetel Ejiofor – “The Martian” (20th Century Fox)

• Corey Hawkins – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

• Forest Whitaker – “Southpaw” (The Weinstein Company)

• Idris Elba – “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

• O’Shea Jackson, Jr. – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Concussion” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Jennifer Hudson – “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Phylicia Rashad – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Tessa Thompson – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

• “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

• “Brotherly Love” (Flavor Unit)

• “Chi-Raq” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

• “Infinitely Polar Bear” (Sony Pictures Classics)

• “Secret in Their Eyes” (STX Entertainment)


Outstanding Documentary – (Film)

“Amy” (A24)

“Dreamcatcher” (Rise Films, Green Acres Films & Vixen Films in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation)

“In My Fathers House” (Break Thru Films)

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” (PBS Distribution/Firelight Films)

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” (A Radical Media Production in Association with Moxie Firecracker for Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

• “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” (PBS)

• “Belief” (OWN)

• “Kareem: Minority of One” (HBO)

• “Light Girls” (OWN)

• “Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ” (BET)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

• Alan Yang, Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” – Parents (Netflix)

• Jennie Snyder Urman – “Jane The Virgin” – Chapter Twenty-Three (The CW)

• Jill Soloway – “Transparent” – Kina Hora (Amazon Video)

• 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? (Comedy Central)

• Kenya M. Barris – “black-ish” – The Word (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Erika Green Swafford, Doug Stockstill – “How to Get Away with Murder” – Mama’s Here Now (ABC)

John Ridley – “American Crime” – Episode 1 (ABC)

LaToya Morgan – “TURN: Washingtons Spies” – False Flag (AMC)

Lee Daniels, Danny Strong – “Empire” – Pilot (FOX)

Mara Brock Akil, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff – “Being Mary Jane” – Sparrow (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)

• Dee Rees – “Bessie” (HBO)

• Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo – “The Book of Negroes” (BET)

• Michael S. Bandy, Eric Stein – “White Water” (TV One)

• Nzingha Stewart – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

• Shem Bitterman – “Whitney” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson – “McFarland USA” (Walt Disney Pictures)

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – “Inside Out” (Disney/Pixar)

Rick Famuyiwa – “Dope” (Open Road Films)

Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Pictures)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” – Parents (Netflix)

Brad Silberling – “Jane The Virgin” – Chapter Twenty-Three (The CW)

Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” – The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule (Showtime)

Peter Atencio – “Key & Peele” – The End (Comedy Central)

Stan Lathan – “Real Husbands of Hollywood” – Cabin Pressure (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

• Ernest Dickerson – “Hand of God” – Welcome the Stranger (Amazon Video)

• John Ridley – “American Crime” – Episode 1 (ABC)

• Lee Daniels – “Empire” – Pilot (FOX)

• Millicent Shelton – “American Crime” – Episode Ten (ABC)

• Salim Akil – “Being Mary Jane” – Sparrow (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

• Christine Swanson – “For the Love of Ruth” (TV One)

• Dee Rees – “Bessie” (HBO)

• Nzingha Stewart – “With this Ring” (Lifetime)

• Rusty Cundieff – “White Water” (TV One)

• Salim Akil – “The Start Up” (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)

• Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (Fox Searchlight Pictures / Rhode Island Ave)

• Charles Stone, III – “Lila and Eve” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

• F. Gary Gray – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

• Rick Famuyiwa – “Dope” (Open Road Films)

• Ryan Coogler – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)


Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)

• Aisha Tyler – “Archer” (FX Networks)

• Audra McDonald – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

• Jeffrey Wright – “The Good Dinosaur” (Disney/Pixar)

• Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Channel)

• Wanda Sykes – “Penn Zero” (Disney XD)

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Authored by: Kellie Williams