|NAACP Image Awards|
|Current: 54th NAACP Image Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in film, television, theatre, music, and literature|
|First awarded||August 13, 1967|
The NAACP Image Awards 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, theatre, 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. Beyoncé is the All-Time leading winner with 25 wins as a solo artist.
The award ceremony was first organized and presented on August 13, 1967, by activists Maggie Hathaway, Sammy Davis Jr. and Willis Edwards, all three of whom were leaders of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood NAACP branch.   While it was first taped for television by NBC (which broadcast the awards from 1987 to 1994 in January, on weeks when Saturday Night Live wasn't airing a new episode), it would only be broadcast in primetime beginning in 1996. Due to changes in timing of the awards, there was no awards ceremony held the following years: 1973, as the timing was changed to honor a full calendar year early in the following year (reverted to a "late-in-year" ceremony for 1981–1990); 1991, as the timing returned to late in a calendar year to honor that same year; 1995, but note that the reasoning is not clear.[ clarify ]
The first live broadcast of the awards, 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 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 to 1995.
The New York firm Society Awards manufactures the trophy since its redesign in 2008.
|1st||August 13, 1967 ||The Beverly Hilton|
|2nd||September 22, 1968 ||The Beverly Hilton|
|3rd||October 11, 1969 |
|4th||November 15, 1970 |
|5th||November 21, 1971 |
|6th||November 18, 1972 |
|1973 - not presented, timing changed to have achievements of a calendar year honored early in following year|
|7th||January 19, 1974||Hollywood Palladium|
|8th||January 18, 1975|
|9th||February 7, 1976|
|10th||April 24, 1977|
|11th||June 9, 1978|
|12th||January 27, 1979||Hollywood Palladium|
|13th||January 27, 1980 ||Louis Gossett Jr./Rita Moreno/Ted Lange/Benjamin Hooks/Valenti|
|14th||December 5, 1981|| Robert Guillaume |
(note: timing changed, achievements of 1980/81 were honored late in 1981)
|15th||December 1982||Jayne Kennedy/George Peppard/Michael Warren|
|16th||December 4, 1983||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion|
|19th||December 13, 1986||Debbie Allen/Denzel Washington|
|20th||December 1987||Denzel Washington/Debbie Allen|
|22nd||December 9, 1989|
|23rd||December 9, 1990|
|1991 - not presented, timing changed to have achievements of a calendar year honored early in following year|
|24th||January 11, 1992||Pasadena Civic Auditorium|
|25th||January 16, 1993|
|26th||January 5, 1994|
|1995 - not presented, financial concerns |
|27th||April 6, 1996||Whitney Houston/Denzel Washington||Pasadena Civic Auditorium|
|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 |
|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|
|51st||February 22, 2020||Pasadena Civic Auditorium|
|52nd||March 27, 2021||Virtual|
|53rd||February 26, 2022|
|54th||February 25, 2023||Queen Latifah||Pasadena Civic Auditorium|
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In several instances, nominees have been perceived as “undeserving” or “unworthy” of NAACP recognition by members of the media, fellow celebrities, as well as the general public; in their own defense, some NAACP representatives have stated that the overall quality of an artist's work is the salient issue. This would render certain factors, such as criminal charges or the nominee’s past, being inconsequential in this regard. For example, in 1994, Tupac Shakur was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (for the film Poetic Justice ), despite sexual assault charges being filed against him in December of 1993.  Furthermore, Shakur had been accused of felony counts of forcible sodomy and unlawful detainment in New York City; a woman alleged that he and two male accomplices held her captive, in a hotel room, and restricted her movements, holding her down as a fourth accomplice 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 after his show was criticized for its sexual content.  [ clarification needed ] 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); during the film, Cedric's character makes pejorative remarks about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Jackson, and Jesse Jackson. This content elicited criticism, including Rosa Parks' refusal to attend the awards ceremony.  The hip-hop group OutKast received six nominations in 2004, and criticism soon followed—for both them and the NAACP—due to the name of one of their songs being “Rosa Parks”. The song had resulted in Parks suing OutKast for defamation over the use of her name. 
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