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The NAACP Image Awards is an award presented annually by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature.

Similar to other awards, like the Oscars and the Grammys, the 35 categories of Image Awards are voted on by members of the NAACP. There are also honorary awards, including the President's Award, the Chairman's Award, Entertainer of the Year and The Image Award Hall of Fame.

The awards were first presented in 1970. The awards series, normally broadcast with tape delay and aired by Fox Network, was broadcast live for the first time in 2007 for the 38th edition of the awards show. It was first nationally televised in 1974. The ceremonies usually take place in or around the Los Angelesmarker area in February or early March.

Past Shows

Year Day Host Location
1972 November
1974 January 19 Hollywood Palladiummarker

1982 December 5 Robert Guillaume Hollywood Palladiummarker

1984 December 4
1987 Debbie Allen/Denzel Washington
1996 Whitney Houston/Denzel Washington
1997 February 8 Arsenio Hall/Patti LaBelle Pasadena Civic Auditoriummarker
1998 February 14 Vanessa L. Williams/Gregory Hines
1999 February 14 Mariah Carey/Blair Underwood Pasadena Civic Auditoriummarker
2000 February 12 Diana Ross Pasadena Civic Auditoriummarker
2001 February 23 Chris Tucker Universal Amphitheatremarker
2002 March 3 Chris Tucker Universal Amphitheatremarker
2003 March 8 Cedric the Entertainer Universal Amphitheatremarker
2004 March 6 Tracee Ellis Ross/Golden Brooks/Persia White/Jill Marie Jones Universal Amphitheatermarker
2005 March 25 Chris Tucker Dorothy Chandler Pavilionmarker
2006 March 3 Cuba Gooding, Jr. Shrine Auditoriummarker
2007 March 2 LL Cool J Shrine Auditoriummarker
2008 February 14 D.L. Hughley Shrine Auditoriummarker
2009 February 12 Halle Berry/Tyler Perry Shrine Auditoriummarker


The NAACP Image Awards have sometimes been the subject of controversy due to claims that certain nominees did not deserve to be honored by the NAACP. For example, in 1994, Tupac Shakur was a nominee for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for the film Poetic Justice although he had been charged in December 1993 with sexually abusing a woman. In 2004, R. Kelly's Chocolate Factory was nominated for Outstanding Album although he was under indictment at the time 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 Cedric the Entertainer as Outstanding Supporting Actor. The film had been criticized because Cedric's character in the film makes unflattering remarks about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesse Jackson. The rap group OutKast received six nominations in 2004 but faced criticism because they had previously recorded a song titled "Rosa Parks" which had resulted in them being sued by Parks over the use of her name.

Award categories

Motion picture




Special awards

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