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Golden Globes Winning-actress Queen Latifah set to host the 54th NAACP Image Awards

Emmy and Grammy Award-winning musician and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Queen Latifah will host the 54th annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, the NAACP announced on Tuesday.

“Queen Latifah is one of our generation’s most influential and iconic voices. We are excited to collaborate with the groundbreaking megastar,” said Connie Orlando, EVP of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “We look forward to partnering with NAACP to celebrate Black creativity and ingenuity for an unforgettable night of Black excellence that will inspire, entertain, and empower viewers worldwide.”

While Queen Latifah is well known for being an actress and a musician, she’s also a seasoned host. More than a decade ago, she hosted the People’s Choice Awards and the BET Awards. She also hosted her eponymous talk show for several seasons. “It’s an honor to host the 54th NAACP Image Awards,” said Queen Latifah. “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!”

Joining Queen Latifah at the awards ceremony are NAACP Image Award-winning actress Gabrielle Union-Wade and former NBA Champion Dwayne Wade. The couple will receive the President’s Award for their “notable achievement and valued public service” for advocating for equality.

Some of the celebrities presenting awards include Taye Diggs, Issa Rae, Zendaya, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Four-time Golden Globes nominee Beyoncé won three awards during a virtual pre-ceremony awards event on Monday. She won outstanding female artist, outstanding album for “Renaissance,” and her “Cuff It” single won outstanding soul/R&B song. New Golden Globes nominee Rihanna won outstanding video/visual album for the song “Lift Me Up” from the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The Marvel film’s soundtrack also won outstanding soundtrack/compilation album.

Besides honoring authors, musicians, and actors of color, the NAACP Image Awards will shine a spotlight on artists behind the scenes this year. Awards will be handed out for outstanding make-up, outstanding costume design, and outstanding hairstyling.

You can see all the winners in the virtual non-televised award shows happening Monday through Friday on the NAACP Image Awards website at www.naacpimageawards.net, and then watch the main ceremony live on Saturday, February 25, at 8 pm ET on BET.