NAACP Image Awards Complete Winners List: Lizzo Named Entertainer of the Year

“black-ish” sweeps the comedy series honorees, while “Just Mercy” and Beyonce also take home trophies

Last Updated: February 22, 2020 @ 9:04 PM

The 51st NAACP Image Awards were handed out Saturday night, with rapper Lizzo taking home the prize for Entertainer of the Year.

Anthony Anderson hosted this year’s event, which celebrated the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honored individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Anderson was also a winner for his work on ABC’s “black-ish,” which swept all the top honors for its stellar comedic cast. Other big winners in the TV categories were Netflix’s “When They See Us” and OWN’s “Greenleaf.”

“Just Mercy” was recognized as Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Ensemble Cast, with Michael B. Jordan named Outstanding Actor and Jamie Foxx, Outstanding Supporting Actor, while Beyonce and Bruno Mars were among the winners in the Recording Categories.

Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-GA) received the prestigious Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change.

Also a winner, Rihanna, who received the President’s Award, in recognition of her special achievement and distinguished public service. Previous recipients include Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Muhammad Ali.

The 51st NAACP Image Awards aired live on BET on Saturday, Feb. 22 from Pasadena.

The complete list of nominees and winners is below:

Outstanding Comedy Series
Ballers (HBO)
black-ish (ABC) — ** WINNER
Dear White People (Netflix)
grown-ish (Freeform)
The Neighborhood (CBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish — ** WINNER
Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Dwayne Johnson, Ballers
Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Logan Browning, Dear White People
Jill Scott, First Wives Club
Tiffany Haddish, The Last O.G.
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish — ** WINNER
Yara Shahidi, grown-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Deon Cole, black-ish — **WINNER
Laurence Fishburne, black-ish
Terry Crews, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Halle Bailey, grown-ish
Loretta Devine, Family Reunion
Marsai Martin, black-ish — ** WINNER
Regina Hall, Black Monday
Tichina Arnold, The Neighborhood

Outstanding Drama Series
Godfather of Harlem (Epix)
Greenleaf (OWN) — ** WINNER
Queen Sugar (OWN)
The Chi (Showtime)
Watchmen (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Billy Porter, Pose
Forest Whitaker, Godfather of Harlem
Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar
Omari Hardwick, Power — **WINNER
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Angela Bassett, 9-1-1 — **WINNER
Regina King, Watchmen
Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar
Simone Missick, All Rise
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight
Giancarlo Esposito, Godfather of Harlem
Harold Perrineau, Claws — **WINNER
Nigél Thatch, Godfather of Harlem
Wendell Pierce, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
CCH Pounder, NCIS: New Orleans
Lynn Whitfield, Greenleaf — **WINNER
Lyric Ross, This Is Us
Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us
Tina Lifford, Queen Sugar

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
American Son (Netflix)
Being Mary Jane (BET)
Native Son (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)
When They See Us (Netflix) — **WINNER

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Caleel Harris, When They See Us
Ethan Henry Herisse, When They See Us
Idris Elba, Luther
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us — **WINNER
Mahershala Ali, True Detective

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Aunjanue Ellis, When They See Us
Gabrielle Union, Being Mary Jane
Kerry Washington, American Son
Niecy Nash, When They See Us — **WINNER
Octavia Spencer, Truth Be Told

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (PBS)
Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
The Breakfast Club (REVOLT)
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (National Geographic)
Unsung (TV One) — **WINNER

Outstanding Talk Series
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch) — **WINNER
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
The Real (syndicated)
The Shop: Uninterrupted (HBO)
The Tamron Hall Show (syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series/Game Show
Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network)
Rhythm + Flow (Netflix) — **WINNER
Sunday Best (BET)
The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
2019 Black Girls Rock! (BET)
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones (Netflix)
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (Netflix) — **WINNER
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s Program
Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
Family Reunion (Netflix) — **WINNER
Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (Netflix)
Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest (Disney XD)
Motown Magic (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)
Caleel Harris, When They See Us
Lonnie Chavis, This Is Us
Lyric Ross, This Is Us
Marsai Martin, black-ish — **WINNER
Miles Brown, black-ish

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Angela Rye, Young Gifted and Broke: A BET Town Hall
Jada Pinkett Smith, Red Table Talk — **WINNER
Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman and Ana Navarro, The View

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Iyanla Vanzant, Iyanla: Fix My Life
LL Cool J, Lip Sync Battle
Regina Hall, 2019 BET Awards
Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud — **WINNER
Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series
Blair Underwood, Dear White People
David Alan Grier, Queen Sugar
Kelly Rowland, American Soul — **WINNER
MAJOR., Star
Sanaa Lathan, The Affair

Outstanding Documentary (Television – Series or Special)
Free Meek (Prime Video)
Hitsville: The Making of Motown (Showtime) — **WINNER
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (Netflix)
Martin: The Legacy of a King (BET)
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
The Good Place (Cord Jefferson, “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy,” NBC) — **WINNER
One Day at a Time (Netflix)
Barry (HBO)
mixed-ish (ABC)
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
When They See Us (Netflix)
Watchmen (HBO)
Truth Be Told (Nichelle Tramble Spellman, “Monster,” Apple TV+) — **WINNER
All American (The CW)
Black Lightning (The CW)

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
GLOW (Anya Adams, “Outward Bound,” Netflix) — **WINNER
Black Monday (Showtime)
Atypical (Netflix)
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Shrill (Hulu)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
When They See Us (Netflix)
Snowfall (FX)
Power (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, “Forgot About Dre,” Starz) — **WINNER
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
The Chi (Showtime)

Entertainer of the Year
Angela Bassett
Billy Porter
Lizzo — **WINNER
Regina King
Tyler Perry

Outstanding Motion Picture
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
Harriet (Focus Features)
Just Mercy (Warner Bros. Pictures) – **WINNER
Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)
Us (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman – 21 Bridges (STX Films)
Daniel Kaluuya – Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
Michael B. Jordan – Just Mercy (Warner Bros. Pictures) – **WINNER
Winston Duke – Us (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Alfre Woodard – Clemency (Neon)
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet (Focus Features)
Jodie Turner-Smith – Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)
Lupita Nyong’o – Us (Universal Pictures) – **WINNER
Naomie Harris – Black and Blue (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy (Warner Bros. Pictures) – **WINNER

Leslie Odom, Jr. – Harriet (Focus Features)
Sterling K. Brown – Waves (A24)
Tituss Burgess – Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
Wesley Snipes – Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
Janelle Monáe – Harriet (Focus Features)
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers (STX Films)
Marsai Martin – Little (Universal Pictures) – WINNER
Octavia Spencer – Luce (Neon)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in Motion Picture
Marsai Martin – Little (Universal Pictures) – **WINNER

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet (Focus Features)
Jodie Turner-Smith – Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)
Rob Morgan – Just Mercy (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Shahadi Wright Joseph – Us (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture
Just Mercy (Warner Bros. Pictures) – **WINNER

Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)
Harriet (Focus Features)
Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)
Us (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix) – **WINNER

Clemency (Neon)
Luce (Neon)
Queen & Slim (Universal Pictures)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Netflix)

Outstanding Album
Homecoming: The Live Album – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) – **WINNER
Cuz I Love You – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
I Used To Know H.E.R. – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
Sketchbook – Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
Worthy – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

Outstanding New Artist
Lil Nas X (Columbia Records) – **WINNER
Ari Lennox (Dreamville/Interscope Records)
Lucky Daye (Keep Cool/RCA Records)
Mahalia (Burkmar/Warner Music UK)
Mykal Kilgore (Affective Music)

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) – **WINNER
Khalid (RCA Records)
Lil Nas X (Columbia Records)
MAJOR. (BOE Music Group/EMPIRE)
PJ Morton (Morton Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) – **WINNER
Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
H.E.R. (RCA Records)
India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)
Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“Enough” – Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
“Jerome” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
“SPIRIT” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) – **WINNER
“Stand Up” – Cynthia Erivo (Back Lot Music)
“Steady Love” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“Before I Let Go” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) – **WINNER
“Hard Place” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
“Juice” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
“Talk” – Khalid (RCA Records)
“Motivation” – Normani (Keep Cool/RCA Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Brown Skin Girl” – Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyoncé & WizKiD (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) – **WINNER
“No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake (Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records)
“Say So” – PJ Morton feat. JoJo (Morton Records/EMPIRE)
Shea Butter Baby” – Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole (Dreamville/Interscope Records)
“Show Me Love” – Alicia Keys feat. Miguel (RCA Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
Love & Liberation – Jazzmeia Horn (Concord Jazz) – **WINNER
Carib – David Sanchez (Ropeadope)
Center of The Heart – Najee (Shanachie)
SoulMate – Nathan Mitchell (Enm Music Group)
The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron – Vanessa Rubin (Vanessa Rubin)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Love Theory” – Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul Records/RCA Records) – **WINNER
“I Made It Out” – John P. Kee feat. Zacardi Cortez (Kee Music Group/Entertainment One)
“Laughter” – Bebe Winans feat. Korean Soul (Regimen Records)
“Not Yet” – Donnie McClurkin (Camdon Music/RCA Inspiration)
“Victory” – The Clark Sisters (Karew Records/Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
Juice – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records) – **WINNER
Hard Place – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
No Guidance – Chris Brown feat. Drake (Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA Records)
Steady Love – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)
Talk – Khalid (RCA Records)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album
The Lion King: The Gift – Beyoncé w/Various Artists (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records) – **WINNER
Harriet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Terence Blanchard (Back Lot Music)
Queen & Slim The Soundtrack – Various Artists (Motown Records)
The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Various Artists (Walt Disney Records)
Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Michael Abels (Back Lot Music)