Non-Televised Winners’ for the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards Announced at Gala Dinner

Actor Jusssie Smollett attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Awards Ceremony on February 4, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)
Actor Jusssie Smollett attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Awards Ceremony on February 4, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)
Actor Jusssie Smollett attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards Non-Televised Awards Ceremony on February 4, 2016 in Pasadena, California.
(Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

The winners of the 47th NAACP Image Awards in the non-televised categories were announced during a gala dinner celebration that took place Thursday, February 4, 2016, at the Pasadena Conference Center in Pasadena, California. The event was hosted by Affion Crockett and Nischelle Turner. Winners in 45 categories were announced during the event.

Celebrity guests and nominees in attendance included Aunjanue Ellis, Courtney Kemp, Hudson Yang, Jimmy Jam, Joe Morton, Judith Hill, Kim Burrell, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Marcus Scribner, Marsai Martin, Miles Brown, Naturi Naughton, Roland Martin, Seal, Skai Jackson, Terry Lewis, Tina Campbell, Tyrese. Andra Day, Jussie Smollett, and more.

The remaining 10 categories will be announced LIVE on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast, February 5 at 9:00pm ET (PT tape-delayed) hosted by Anthony Anderson. The LIVE red carpet show will air on TV One at 8:00pm ET (PT tape-delayed).

The awards dinner included a special tribute to Julian Bond, former Chairman of the NAACP.


The winners are as follows:

Television Categories

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Mike Epps – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)


Outstanding Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

“The Wiz Live!” (NBC)


Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

David Alan Grier – “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)


Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special

Queen Latifah – “Bessie” (HBO)


Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

“Unsung” (TV One)


Outstanding Talk Series

“The Talk” (CBS)


Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)


Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

“Family Feud” (Syndicated)


Outstanding Children’s Program

“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)


Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-Series)

Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)


Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Steve Harvey- “Family Feud” (Syndicated)



Recording Categories   

Outstanding New Artist

Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)


Outstanding Male Artist

Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)


Outstanding Female Artist

Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)


Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)


Outstanding Jazz Album

“Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol.4” – Miles Davis (Columbia Legacy Recordings)
Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

“It’s Personal” – Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative)


Outstanding Music Video

“Shame” – Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)


Outstanding Song – Traditional

“Back Together” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)


Outstanding Album

“Woman” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)


Outstanding Song – Contemporary

“You’re So Beautiful” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)


Literature Categories  

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

“Stand Your Ground” – Victoria Christopher Murrary(Touchstone)


Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

“Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” – Pamela Newkirk (HarperCollins/Amistad)


Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“The Fishermen” – Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company)


Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

“Between The World and Me” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Speigel & Grau)


Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

“Soul Food Love:  Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family” – Alice Randall, Caroline Randall Williams (Clarkson Potter)


Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“How to Be Drawn” – Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books/ Penguin Random House)


Outstanding Literary Work – Children

“Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America” – Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Jamey Christoph (Illustrator) (Albert Whitman & Company)


Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“X: A Novel” – Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekia Magoon(Candlewick Press)



Motion Picture Categories

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

O’Shea Jackson, Jr. – “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Phylicia Rashad – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)


Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

“Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)


Documentary Categories  

Outstanding Documentary – (Film)

“The Black Panthers:  Vanguard of the Revolution” (PBS Distribution/Firelight Films)


Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

“Muhammad Ali:  The People’s Champ” (BET)


Writing Categories 

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Kenya M. Barris – “black-ish” – The Word (ABC) 


Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff – “Being Mary Jane” – Sparrow (BET) 


Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo – “The Book of Negroes”(BET)


Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)



Directing Categories   

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Don Cheadle – “House of Lies” – The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule (Showtime)


Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

John Ridley – “American Crime” – Episode 1 (ABC)


Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Dee Rees – “Bessie” (HBO)


Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Ryan Coogler – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)


Animated or Computer Generated Image (CGI) Category  

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)

Loretta Devine – “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)


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Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

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