NAACP Image Awards will return to a live audience at Pasadena Civic

The NAACP Image Awards will return to Pasadena this year, after live audiences were shuttered by the pandemic, officials announced Friday, Jan. 13.

The awards, the 54th, have served as an enduring showcase of Black talent, touting honorees who personify values of equality, justice and progressive change.

The show — which airs live on Feb. 25 on BET, from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium — annually draws among the biggest stars in Hollywood to honor people in television, film, literary and audio platforms, such as podcasts, costuming and social media.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium. (Google Street View)

It’s the first time the show will be in front of a live audience in three years.

Big-name nominations this year revolved around Netflix and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” lead nominations across the motion picture categories with 15 and 12 nominations respectively.

ABC and Abbott Elementary received the most nominations in the television + streaming categories with 28 and nine nominations respectively.

Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar are tied for the most nominations in the music recording categories (five). RCA Records / RCA Inspiration received the most nominations across record labels (11). Penguin Random House and Harper Collins lead nominations across literary categories (nine).

“This year’s nominees have conveyed a wide range of authentic stories and diverse experiences that have resonated with many in our community, and we’re proud to recognize their outstanding achievements and performances,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP.

“We take pride in recognizing the trailblazing achievements and artistry of this year’s esteemed nominees and celebrating the powerful legacy of the NAACP,” said Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy, BET in a statement. “We look forward to bringing the Image Awards back to Pasadena in front of a live audience and delivering unforgettable moments that epitomize the brilliance of the Black community.”

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