Oscar-nominee and Grammy-winner Queen Latifa will host the 2023 NAACP Image Awards which will be hosted at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on February 25.
Latifa who has also been nominated for an Image Award at the 54th NAACP awards for her role in the drama series “the Equalizer” has been nominated for a total of 15 times and won 4 times. Latifah will be replacing Anthony Anderson who has hosted the previous nine NAACP awards.
NAACP celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of multicultural artists, entertainers, heroes and change-makers. The actor and artist has called it an honor to be selected for the task. “It’s an honor to host the 54th NAACP Image Awards, especially in the year we are celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop,” Latifah said. “This is a night to celebrate Black excellence and Black contribution to our industry and beyond. Celebrating one another, lifting each other up and you know we’ll have fun doing it!”
“This year’s NAACP Image Awards will be an amazing celebration, highlighting the major accomplishments of artists, writers, entertainers, activists and other changemakers,” added Johnson. “It will also be a night that shows how we come together as a community to make a powerful impact on amplifying our stories around the world.”
Notable nominees at this year’s award are Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce (who have been nominated for five awards), Angela Bessett, Donald Glover, Will Smith, Lizzo, Danielle Deadwyler, Jonathan Majors and Drake.
The awards will be broadcast live across Paramount Global networks (including BET HER, CBS, CMT, Comedy Central, LOGO, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network, POP TV, Smithsonian, TV Land and VH1).