The 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards will air live Saturday, February 26 at 8 p.m. ET on BET. Internationally, the show will air on BET Africa at 8:00 p.m. CAT on February 27, followed by BET France on March 2 at 8:45 p.m. CEST. The show will also be available on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK from March 1.
The ceremony will follow a virtual event that took place this week. The non-televised Image Awards awards are handed out in five virtual ceremonies that will span the week starting Feb. 21, leading into the live stream for the top categories. The Monday-Friday virtual ceremonies are streamed live via the Image Awards YouTube channel and NAACPImageAwards.net.
The live event will include a red carpet and a special performance by Mary J. Blige. The annual event is expected to be a star affair with presenters like 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 Chairman of the Board Leon W. Russell.
Who are the hosts?
Anthony Anderson will host the event live. This is his eighth consecutive year hosting the NAACP Image Awards ceremony.
Who are some of the nominees?
The 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards will recognize four winners: Samuel L. Jackson will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award. Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning designer behind the 1619 project, will receive the Social Justice Impact Award. Scot X. Esdaile will receive the Activist of the Year award and Channing Hill will receive the Young Activist of the Year award.