The 2022 NAACP Image Awards is right around the corner and Marsai Martin, Celina Smith, and more are nominated!


BET will broadcast the 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The awards are set to honor outstanding representations and achievements from people of color in more than 80 categories. Some of the categories include film, television, music, streaming, podcasts, and literature all created during the 2021 calendar year.

“We are thrilled to recognize this year’s nominees, who have all brought dynamic, entertaining, and thought-provoking content to our attention through their incredible work in film, television, music and more,” said NAACP Image Awards Committee chairperson Karen Boykin-Towns in a recent statement.

And of course, some of our BCKOnline favorites are on the nomination list and we couldn’t be happier for them!

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

Alayah “Lay Lay” High – That Girl Lay Lay (Nickelodeon)

Celina Smith – Annie Live! (NBC)

Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams – The Wonder Years (ABC)

Eris Baker – This Is Us (NBC)

Miles Brown – Black-ish (ABC)

Marsia Martin is nominated in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series alongside Amanda Seales (Insecure, HBO), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish, ABC), Natasha Rothwell (Insecure, HBO), and Wanda Sykes (The Upshaws, Netflix).

BET and the annual NAACP image awards has had a longstanding relationship when it comes to celebrating Black excellence and achievement. And of course, the partnership continues with the 53rd annual awards show.

“The BET team is immensely proud to continue our partnership with the NAACP and the annual Image Awards, underpinning our longstanding legacy of celebrating Black Excellence,” said Scott Mills, BET President and CEO. “It is an extraordinary privilege to provide our unparalleled platforms to recognize the vast contributions of Black creators, in a way that only BET, and NAACP can.”

To find out who is on the complete list of nominees, take a look at the video below! Make sure to tune-in on February 26, 2022 on BET at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET to find out if your category pick is a winner!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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