December 4, 2021

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2021 NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce Is Top Music Winner

Batiste won outstanding jazz album – instrumental for Music From and Inspired By Soul and shared the award for outstanding soundtrack/compilation album for Soul with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Tom MacDougall.

Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo, which was nominated for album of the year at the Grammys, won here for outstanding album. Doja Cat, who was nominated for best new artist at the Grammys, won here for outstanding new artist for “Say So.” Trevor Noah, who hosted the Grammys, won for outstanding host in a talk or news/information (series or special) for The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.

Hit-Boy took the award for outstanding producer of the year. Hit-Boy has won two Grammys, but has yet to be Grammy-nominated for producer of the year (non-classical).

Verzuz, the red-hot webcast series created by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, won outstanding variety show (series or special).

The non-televised awards began Monday and will continue nightly through Friday. Audiences can watch by visiting and clicking “Join The Virtual Experience Now.”

A two-hour, live awards show, hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, will air March 27 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on BET. The show will also be simulcast across ViacomCBS networks including CBS, BET Her, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount, Pop, Smithsonian, TV Land, VH1, BET PLUTO and CMT.

Jazmine Sullivan and Maxwell are slated to perform on Saturday’s show. NBA superstar LeBron James is set to receive the President’s Award.

The show will also include appearances from former First Lady Michelle Obama as well as Alicia Keys, Andra Day, Arsenio Hall, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Misty Copeland, Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson, Swizz Beatz, Tracy Morgan and the cast of Tyler Perry’s Sistas. MC Lyte will serve as announcer.

Here’s the full list of music winners at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards:

Outstanding female artist:
Beyoncé – “Black Parade”

Outstanding male artist:
Drake – “Laugh Now, Cry Later”

Outstanding duo, group or collaboration (traditional):
Chloe x Halle – “Wonder What She Thinks Of Me”

Outstanding duo, group or collaboration (contemporary):
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – “Savage Remix”

Outstanding album:
Chilombo — Jhené Aiko

Outstanding soul/R&B song:
“Do It” – Chloe x Halle

Outstanding hip hop/rap song:
“Savage Remix” – Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé

Outstanding new artist:
Doja Cat – “Say So”

Outstanding producer of the year:

Outstanding music video/visual album:
“Brown Skin Girl” – Beyonce’ feat WizKid, SAINt JHN, Blue Ivy Carter

Outstanding soundtrack/compilation album:
Soul original motion picture soundtrack – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste and Tom MacDougall

Outstanding gospel/Christian song:
“Touch From You” – Tamela Mann

Outstanding gospel/Christian album:
The Return – The Clark Sisters

Outstanding jazz album – instrumental:
Music from and Inspired by Soul – Jon Batiste

Outstanding jazz album – vocal:
Holy Room – Live at Alte Oper – Somi

Outstanding international song:
“Lockdown” – Original Koffee

Here are winners in selected non-music categories that may be of interest to Billboard readers.

Outstanding variety show (series or special):

Outstanding animated motion picture:

Outstanding character voice-over performance – motion picture:
Jamie Foxx – Soul

Outstanding host in a talk or news/information (series or special) – individual or ensemble:
Trevor Noah – The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Outstanding host in a reality/reality competition, game show or variety (series or special) individual or ensemble:

Steve Harvey – Celebrity Family Feud
Outstanding documentary (television – series or special):
The Last Dance

Outstanding documentary (film):
John Lewis: Good Trouble

Outstanding literary work – nonfiction:
A Promised Land – Barack Obama

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