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The "53rd NAACP Image Awards

The “53rd NAACP Image Awards,” will air on Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on BET. Recognized as one of the most iconic, annual celebrations of Black excellence, the show will be hosted by, seven-time NAACP Image Awards winner, Anthony Anderson. The “53rd NAACP Image Awards” celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories spanning film, television + streaming, music, literature, and podcasts.

Performing, at this year’s show, will be nine-time Grammy Award winning singer, Mary J. Blige. Presenters for the LIVE show will include Issa Rae, Kerry Washington, LL Cool J, Michael Strahan, Morgan Freeman, Paula Patton, Questlove, Simu Liu, Tiffany Haddish, Zendaya, NAACP President Derrick Johnson and NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell.

As previously announced, actor Samuel L. Jackson will be presented with the NAACP Chairman’s Award, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project, will be presented with the Social Justice Impact Award. The Activist of the Year award will be presented to Scot X. Esdaile, President of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches and a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and Youth Activist of the Year will be presented to Channing Hill, NAACP Chapter President of Howard University.

The “53rd NAACP Image Awards” are presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored by AT&T, Google, T-Mobile, Bank of America, General Mills, FedEx, and Airbnb. For all information and the latest news, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.

Internationally, the show will air on BET Africa at 20:00 CAT on February 27, followed by BET France on March 2 at 8:45 pm CEST. The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning March 1, 2022.

(Photo Credit/Content: Courtesy of NAACP Image Awards/BET)

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