The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will premier Saturday, February 26, and we’re anticipating who will take home Entertainer of the Year! Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Regina King and Tiffany Haddish are all named as nominees for this year’s Entertainer of the Year award.
Jennifer Hudson’s outstanding performance in Respect, a biopic honoring the Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin, embodied the story of a legendary icon who made an unforgettable impact on black culture; earning four 53rd NAACP Image Awards nominations for the film. At the 2021 Palm Springs International Film Awards, Hudson received the top honoree Chairman’s Award honoring her singing and acting talents in Respect. Jennifer Hudson also made her Country Music Awards (CMA) premier in 2021, performing Aretha Franklin’s ‘Night Life’, then taking the crowd to church with Franklin’s ‘You Are My Sunshine’.
Lil Nas X took 2021 by storm releasing his first album Montero with top-chart hit singles “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and 53rd NAACP Image Awards nominated “Industry Baby”. Earning him international recognition, the album broke records in several countries including: Denmark, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden. With his global recognition, it’s no surprise Lil Nas X was named one of GQ’s 2021 Men of the Year. Known for his must-watch live performances and jaw-dropping creative visuals, Lil Nas X’s execution of his unapologetic marketing presence continues to impact the world beyond the music industry.
Houston Hottie and Texas Southern University’s newest alumnae – Megan Thee Stallion blazed 2021 with a cover of Sports Illustrated as the first rapper, and she put the “Hot” in Hottie Sauce with her Popeyes partnership. To heat things up even further, in 2021 Meg brought home four BET Awards, including dream collaborations with Beyoncé and Cardi B, and BET’s best new artist. Megan Thee Stallion also took home the best new artist award at the 2021 Grammys, making her the second female rapper to earn the award after Lauryn Hill in 1999.
Past nominee and five-time NAACP Image Awards winning actress Regina King earns her second nomination for Entertainer of The Year. King is often recognized for playing strong, independent women and recently starred as Gertrude “Treacherous Trudy” Smith in The Harder They Fall, an action-packed western drama on Netflix. The Harder They Fall leads the 53rd NAACP Image Awards film nominations with twelve nods. Unlike her pickpocketing and thieving role as “Trecherous Trudy”, Regina King’s philanthropic support to her community continues with a Wells Fargo collaboration, donating $1 Million to the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs’ Kollab program. In 2021, all the stars aligned for actor, producer, and director Regina King whose impact on Hollywood earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Closing out nominees is the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live, Tiffany Haddish. Haddish won a 2021 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album Black Mitzvah, making her the second African-American woman to win since Whoopi Goldberg in 1986. Known for her animated personality in acting, Haddish tapped into her cartoon alter ego as Tuca in Adult Swim’s Tuca & Bertie and found her way back to the big screen in crime drama film The Card Counter, playing a love interest and boss named La Linda.
The 53rd NAACP Image Awards are excitingly approaching and we need your vote. To vote for your favorite Entertainer of the Year nominee, visit www.naacpimageawards.net. Voting is open through Saturday, February 5, 2022.