The 54th NAACP Image Awards took place over the weekend in Los Angeles, honoring the outstanding representations and achievements of people of color in motion pictures, television, music, and literature during the 2022 calendar year. Check out some of our favorite moments from the ceremony inside.
This year’s awards ceremony brought out some of the best and gifted artists in Hollywood. There were several notable wins like Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for Best Motion Picture, Angela Bassett winning Entertainer of the Year, Viola Davis in The Woman King for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, and “Bel-Air” star Coco Jones wins Best New Artist.
Many of our favorite moments were the gorgeous, gorgeous gowns that the stars pulled out for the 2023 NAACP Image Awards. Zendaya and Law Roach did their thing once again with another unforgettable red carpet look. The “Abbott Elementary” family all gathered on stage to accept the award for Best Comedy Series. Creator and star Quinta Brunson shares how grateful they are to have received so much praise this awards season, but that the NAACP Image award means the most to her and the entire cast and crew. Another moving moment was when Nicco Annan accepted the award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for “P-Valley,” marking his second win in the category since 2021.
Be sure to check out a gallery of our favorite moments from this year’s NAACP Image Awards and comment your favorite moment below.
1. “There’s Nothing Like Winning An NAACP Award”
Quinta Brunson celebrates another win with her cast, saying that this one meant the most to them.
2. Nicco Annan’s Moving Speech
Nicco accepted his second NAACP Image award by quoting “P-Valley” show creator Katoria Hall. “May you dine at the table with dreams to brave to be broken.” So eloquently said Mr. Annan.
3. Miss MA’AM!
Zendaya slayed the carpet so effortlessly. This dress is everything!
4. “I Never Want To Not Be Brave Enough”
Viola Davis wins the NAACP Imagine Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress - Motion Picture. This is her fourth win in the category. Congratulations Queen!!!🖤 pic.twitter.com/k8MNdWqkyU— Sir Alphey🇨🇮 (@siralphey) February 26, 2023
Viola Davis accepting her 8th win at this year’s awards show. One thing Black folks gone do is support Mrs. Davis ok!
Also, Issa Rae is jokey for doing the Ariana DeBose dance.
5. “I Guess Angela Bassett Did The Thing”
Angela Bassett accepting Her Entertainer Of The Year award at the NAACP Image Awards:— Pop Base (@PopBase) February 26, 2023
“I guess Angela Bassett did the thing”
Well deserved win for Angela Bassett, who certainly did her thing. The Entertainer of the Year!
6. We’re Definitely Crying
That moment when Brittney Griner and her wife Cherelle Griner took the stage at the 54th #NAACPImageAwards to roaring applause.👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/lDkqHWokrR— NAACP (@NAACP) February 26, 2023
The support was felt even through our TV screens. This is love! So happy to see BG home and in good spirits.
7. Ben Crump’s Timely Message
WOW! Civil rights attorney Ben Crump just gave an incredibly moving acceptance speech at the NAACP Image Awards. This line stood out the most:— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) February 26, 2023
"We must fight til hell freezes over...and then we fight on the ice."
Not only was his speech incredible but pic.twitter.com/iJSBor6BPj…
“We must fight until hell freezes over. Then we must be ready to fight on the ice,” Ben Crump during a very moving speech. Crump accepting the Social Just Impact award.
8. Wakanda Forever!
Director Ryan Coogler accepting the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion picture for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. 💜 pic.twitter.com/749aR7hRqa— Black Panther 2 News (@bpanthernews) February 26, 2023
Ryan Coogler accepting the award for Best Motion Picture of the year. We love to see it!
9. The Girls Showed Out
I had the best time hosting the @naacpimageawards fashion show & glam awards. Thank you for having me! 🤗— Brandee (@Therealbrandee) February 24, 2023
Make sure you tune in and watch the awards show this Saturday on @bet #naacpimageawards #naacp pic.twitter.com/YZlAy0ST0n
“P-Valley” star Brandee Evans did not come to play in this beautiful black dress. Yassss!
10. The Incomparable Queen Latifah
She's called the QUEEN for a reason! This is how you open a show! @IAMQUEENLATIFAH 👑 #NAACPImageAwards pic.twitter.com/LIP26ZnllO— BET (@BET) February 26, 2023
Queen Latifah hosts the 54th NAACP Image Awards, and of course, she gave us a show! Go off, Queen.