Beyoncé, Lizzo, Viola Davis Among Early NAACP Image Awards Winners

By Stephanie Holland

The NAACP Image Awards honor artists in TV, film, music, literature, news and activism. Obviously, all of those categories won’t fit in a two-hour televised ceremony. Leading into the live show on Feb. 25, there are four virtual events hosted by actor Khleo Thomas (Shameless). What makes the Image Awards so important is that it’s a chance for Black art to be recognized by Black people. Artists and projects that have been ignored all awards season are finally given their moment on a big stage.

Things got started with the music categories, and to the surprise of no one, Beyoncé led the way. The artist with the most Grammy wins in history picked up Image Awards for Outstanding Female Artist, Soul/R&B Song for “Cuff It” and Album for Renaissance.