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<B>THE 49TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS AIR JAN. 15 ON TV ONE</B>
ANTHONY ANDERSON TO HOST THE 49TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS JAN. 15 ON TV ONE.
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N2Entertainment.net

Anthony Anderson star of the hit TV series “Black-ish,” will host the 49th NAACP Image Awards live on TV One Jan. 15 at 9 pm/8c, with a one-hour live Red Carpet Pre-Show at 8 pm/7c.

N2Entertainment.net was honored to be chosen to serve on the 49th NAACP Image Awards’ Nominating Committee. There were many outstanding movies, TV shows and musicians to choose from this year. Congratulations to all the nominees.

Here’s a look at the 49TH NAACP Image Award Nominees and who N2Entertainment.net voted for.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:
Ava DuVernay—This young woman’s talents knows no bounds. Ava DuVernay is a prolific director, producer writer (TV’s “Queen Sugar.”) Movies. “A Wrinkle in Time,” Selma” and “13th” among others. Behind the scenes or out front on the cover of TIME Magazine no less, she has captured our attention with grace and style. Not sure if DuVernay can sing or dance like the others in this category, but it wouldn’t surprise me if she could. Nevertheless, DuVernay’s remarkable and well-deserved rise in Hollywood is inspiring and worth noting.
• Bruno Mars
• Chadwick Boseman
• Chance the Rapper
• Issa Rae
• Jay-Z

TELEVISION: Outstanding Comedy Series:
• “Ballers” (HBO)
“black-ish” (ABC)
• “Dear White People” (Netflix)
• “Insecure” (HBO)
• “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” (Netflix)
• Dwayne Johnson – “Ballers” (HBO)
• Keegan-Michael Key – “Friends from College” (Netflix)
• RonReaco Lee – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
• Danielle Brooks – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
• Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO)
• Loretta Devine – “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)
• Niecy Nash – “Claws” (TNT)
Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish ” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
• Ernie Hudson – “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix)
• Jay Ellis – “Insecure” (HBO)
John David Washington – “Ballers” (HBO)
• Omar Miller – “Ballers” (HBO)
• Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
• Leslie Jones – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Tichina Arnold – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
• Uzo Aduba – “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
• Yvonne Orji – “Insecure” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES:
• “Greenleaf” (OWN)
• “Power” (Starz)
“Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• “This Is Us” (NBC)
“Underground” (WGN America)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
• Kofi Siriboe – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Mike Colter – “Marvel’s The Defenders” (Netflix)
• Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz)
• Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us ” (NBC)
Terrence Howard – “Empire” (FOX)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
• Jurnee Smollett-Bell--“Underground” (WGN America)
• Kerry Washington – “Scandal” (ABC)
• Rutina Wesley – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)
• Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
• Bryshere Gray – “Empire” (FOX)
• Dondre Whitfield – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)
• Jussie Smollett – “Empire” (FOX)
Trai Byers – “Empire” (FOX)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Lynn Whitfield – “Greenleaf” (OWN)
• Naturi Naughton – “Power” (Starz)
• Samira Wiley – “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
• Susan Kelechi Watson – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Tina Lifford – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED – SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL:
• “Flint” (Lifetime)
• “Shots Fired” (FOX)
• “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“The New Edition Story” (BET)
• “When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story” (TV One)
(Editor’s Note: This may be the most stacked and unfair category of all since every single one of these specials deserve an award. It seems criminal to have to just name one a winner. But if I must…

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL:
Bryshere Grey – “The New Edition Story” (BET)
• Idris Elba – “Guerrilla” (Showtime)
• Laurence Fishburne – “Madiba” (BET)
• Mack Wilds – “Shots Fired” (FOX)
• Woody McClain – “The New Edition Story” (BET)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION MOVIE, LIMITED-SERIES OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL:
• Jill Scott – “Flint” (Lifetime)
Oprah Winfrey – “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
• Queen Latifah – “Flint” (Lifetime)
• Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)
• Sanaa Lathan – “Shots Fired” (FOX)

OUTSTANDING NEWS/ INFORMATION – (SERIES OR SPECIAL):
• “News One Now” (TV One)
• “Oprah’s Master Class” (OWN)
• “The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman” (National Geographic)
• “Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama” (BET)
“Unsung” (TV One)

OUTSTANDING TALK SERIES:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
• “Super Soul Sunday” (OWN)
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
• “The Real” (Syndicated)
“The View” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM/REALITY COMPETITION SERIES:
• “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
• “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (VH1)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
• “The Manns” (TV One)
• “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY OR GAME SHOW – (SERIES OR SPECIAL):
“Black Girls Rock! 2017” (BET)
• “Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin & Deep in the Heart of Texas” (Netflix)
• “Def Comedy Jam 25” (Netflix)
• “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM:
• “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
• “Free Rein” (Netflix)
“Nella the Princess Knight” (Nickelodeon)
• “Project Mc²” (Netflix)
• “Raven’s Home” (Disney Channel)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH (SERIES, SPECIAL, TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES):
• Caleb McLaughlin – “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
• Ethan Hutchison – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Lonnie Chavis – “This Is Us” (NBC)
Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Michael Rainey – “Power” (Starz)

OUTSTANDING HOST IN A TALK OR NEWS/INFORMATION (SERIES OR SPECIAL) – INDIVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE:
• Fredricka Whitfield – “Fredricka Whitfield” (CNN)
• Morgan Freeman – “The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman” (National Geographic)
• Neil deGrasse Tyson – “StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” (National Geographic)
Roland Martin – “News One Now” (TV One)
• Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING HOST IN A REALITY/REALITY COMPETITION, GAME SHOW OR VARIETY (SERIES OR SPECIAL) –
INDIVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE:

• Alfonso Ribeiro – “America’s Funniest Home Video” (ABC)
• Iyanla Vanzant – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
• Michael Smith and Jemele Hill – “SC6 with Michael and Jemele” (ESPN)
LL Cool J – “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)
• W. Kamau Bell – “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

MOTION PICTURE:

OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE:
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)
• “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
• “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
• “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
• “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE:
• Algee Smith – “Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)
• Chadwick Boseman – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
• Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
Denzel Washington – “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Columbia Pictures)
• Idris Elba – “The Mountain Between Us” (20th Century Fox)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE:
• Amandla Stenberg – “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Pictures)
• Danai Gurira – “All Eyez on Me” (Summit Entertainment)
Halle Berry – “Kidnap” (Aviron Pictures)
• Natalie Paul – “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios)
• Octavia Spencer – “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE:
• Idris Elba – “THOR: Ragnarok” (Marvel Studios)
• Laurence Fishburne – “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)
• Lil Rel Howery – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
• Nnamdi Asomugha – “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios)
Sterling K. Brown – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE:
• Audra McDonald – “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)
• Keesha Sharp – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
• Regina Hall – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
• Tessa Thompson – “THOR: Ragnarok” (Marvel Studios)
Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT MOTION PICTURE:
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)
• “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)
• “Mudbound” (Netflix)
• “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” (Annapurna Pictures)
• “Wind River” (Acacia Filmed Entertainment)

DOCUMENTARY: Outstanding Documentary (Film)
• “I Called Him Morgan” (Submarine Deluxe/Filmrise)
• “STEP” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” (Firelight Films)
• “The Rape of Recy Taylor” (Augusta Films)
• “Whose Streets?” (Magnolia Pictures)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
• “Birth of a Movement” (PBS)
“Black Love” (OWN)
• “The 44th President: In His Own Words” (History)
• “The Defiant Ones” (HBO)
• “What the Health” (AUM Films and Media + First Spark Media)

WRITING: OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES:
• Aziz Ansari – “Master of None” – Thanksgiving (Netflix)
• Janine Barrois – “Claws” – Batsh*t (TNT)
Justin Simien – “Dear White People” – Chapter 1 (Netflix)
• Issa Rae – “Insecure” – Hella Great (HBO)
• Issa Rae – “Insecure” – Hella Perspective (HBO)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A DRAMATIC SERIES:
• Anthony Sparks – “Queen Sugar” – What Do I Care for Morning (OWN)
Ava DuVernay – “Queen Sugar” – Dream Variations (OWN)
• Erica Anderson – “Greenleaf” – The Bear (OWN)
• Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Shots Fired” – Hour One: Pilot (FOX)
• Vera Herbert – “This Is Us” – Still Here (NBC)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR SPECIAL:
Abdul Williams – “The New Edition Story” – Night Two (BET)
• Alison McDonald – “An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life” (Amazon)
• Cas Sigers-Beedles – “When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story” (TV One)
• May Chan – “An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (Amazon)
• Peter Landesman, Alexander Woo, George C. Wolfe – “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
(HBO)

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A MOTION PICTURE:
• Dee Rees, Virgil Williams – “Mudbound” (Netflix)
• Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani – “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios)
Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
• Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
• Mark Boal – “Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

DIRECTING: OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Anton Cropper – “black-ish” – Juneteenth (ABC)
• Barry Jenkins – “Dear White People” – Chapter 5 (Netflix)
• Justin Simien – “Dear White People” – Chapter 1 (Netflix)
• Spike Lee – “She’s Gotta Have It” – #NolasChoice (Netflix)
• Ken Whittingham – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – Kimmy Bites an Onion! (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A DRAMATIC SERIES:
• Carl Franklin – “13 Reasons Why” – Tape 5, Side B (Netflix)
• Ernest R. Dickerson – “The Deuce” – Show and Prove (HBO)
Gina Prince-Bythewood – “Shots Fired” – Hour One: Pilot (FOX)
• Jeffrey Byrd – “Switched at Birth” – Occupy Truth (Freeform)
• Jonathan Demme – “Shots Fired” Hour Six: The Fire This Time (FOX)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR SPECIAL:
• Allen Hughes – “The Defiant Ones” (HBO)
Chris Robinson – “The New Edition Story” – Night 1 (BET)
• Codie Elaine Oliver – “Black Love” (OWN)
• Kevin Hooks – “Madiba ” – Night 2 (BET)
• Mark Ford – “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.” (A&E)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING IN A MOTION PICTURE:
• Dee Rees – “Mudbound” (Netflix)
Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
• Malcolm D. Lee – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
• Reginald Hudlin – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
• Stella Meghie – “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Pictures)

ANIMATED/CGI: OUTSTANDING CHARACTER VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE:
• David Oyelowo – “The Lion Guard” (Disney Junior)
• Kerry Washington – “Cars 3” (Disney/Pixar)
• Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Channel)
Tiffany Haddish – “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” (Comedy Central)
• Yvette Nicole Brown – “Elena of Avalor” (Disney Junior)

RECORDING:

OUTSTANDING NEW ARTIST:
• Demetria McKinney – “Officially Yours” (eOne Music)
• Kevin Ross – “The Awakening” (Motown/Capitol Records)
Khalid – “American Teen” (RCA Records/Right Hand Music Group)
• SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
• Vic Mensa – “The Autobiography” (Roc Nation/Capitol Records)

OUTSTANDING MALE ARTIST:
• Brian McKnight – “Genesis” (SoNo Recording Group)
• Bruno Mars – “Versace On the Floor” (Atlantic Records)
Charlie Wilson – “In It to Win It” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
• Jay-Z – “4:44” (Roc Nation)
• Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ARTIST:
Andra Day – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
• Beyoncé – “Die With You” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
• Ledisi – “Let Love Rule” (Verve Label Group)
• Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol Records)
• SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

OUTSTANDING DUO, GROUP OR COLLABORATION:
Andra Day feat. Common – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
• Charlie Wilson feat. T.I. – “I’m Blessed” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
• Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
• Mary J. Blige feat. Kanye West – “Love Yourself” (Capitol Records)
• SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

OUTSTANDING JAZZ ALBUM:
• “Boundless” – Damien Escobar (Phoenix Lane Entertainment)
• “Dreams and Daggers” – Cécile McLorin Salvant (Mack Avenue Records)
• “Petite Afrique” – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)
• “Poetry In Motion” – Najee (Shanachie Entertainment)
“So It Is” – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy Recordings)

OUTSTANDING GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN ALBUM (TRADITIONAL OR CONTEMPORARY):
• “Close” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Records)
• “Crossover Live From Music City” – Travis Greene (RCA Inspiration)
• “Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)
• “Heart. Passion. Pursuit.” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Motown Gospel)
“Let Them Fall In Love” – CeCe Winans (Puresprings Gospel)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC VIDEO/VISUAL ALBUM:
• “4:44” – Jay-Z (Roc Nation)
• “Gods” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)
• “High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
• “Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)
• “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

OUTSTANDING SONG – TRADITIONAL:
• “High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
• “Honest” – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
• “Surefire (Piano Version)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
• “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
• “U + Me” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

OUTSTANDING SONG – CONTEMPORARY:
• “Gonna Be Alright” – Mali Music (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
• “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
• “Insecure” – Jazmine Sullivan X Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)
• “Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
• “The Story of O.J.” – Jay-Z (Roc Nation)

OUTSTANDING ALBUM:
• “4:44” – Jay-Z (Roc Nation)
• “DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
• “Genesis” – Brian McKnight (SoNo Recording Group)
• “In It To Win It” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records/P Music Group)
• “Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Editor’s Note: Be sure to watch the 49th NAACP Image Awards on TV One January 15, 2018. Photo: NAACP Image Awards. Information used in this report obtained from the NAACP Image Awards.