Drake, Lil Nas X, Saweetie and Others Nominated for 2022 NAACP Image Awards

With Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, Lil Nas X’s Montero, and Silk Sonic’s An Evening with Silk Sonic earning millions of streams, these productions earned several nominations for the upcoming NAACP Image Awards. Here’s what we know about this award ceremony and its nominees.

The NAACP Image Awards takes place in February 2022

Lil Nas X performs during Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison  Square Garden
Lil Nas X performs during Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden | Kevin Kane/WireImage

Some of the biggest names in movies and music are earned awards and recognition from the NAACP Image Awards. In January 2022, the award ceremony announced this year’s list of nominees, including well-known artists like Lil Nas X, Saweetie, Beyoncé, Chloe, and Drake. 

“We are thrilled to recognize this year’s nominees, who have all brought dynamic, entertaining, and thought-provoking content to our attention through their incredible work in film, television, music, and more,” Image Awards Committee chairman Karen Boykin-Towns said, according to Hip Hop DX.

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Nominations for Outstanding New Artist include Cynthia Erivo, Jimmie Allen, Saweetie, Tems, and Zoe Wees. In addition to collaborating with McDonald’s for the Saweetie Meal and Cher for a MAC campaign, Saweetie became a social media star with songs like “Best Friend.” 

The artist appeared on the official soundtrack for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, later performing at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. Nominated in the Outstanding Male Artist category for the NAACP awards, Drake is one of the world’s best-known rappers. This artist released Certified Lover Boy in 2021. 

He also created the record label OVO Sound, partnered with the Toronto Raptors, and co-founded the gaming organization 100 Thieves. Other artists nominated include Anthony Hamilton, Givēon, J. Cole, and Lil Nas X.

Also nominated in the Outstanding Male Artist category, as well as Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song, is “That’s What I Want” musician Lil Nas X. First rising in popularity with “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X solidified his reputation in the music industry with his debut album, Montero

“Industry Baby” featuring Jack Harlow earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Melodic Rap Performance category. “Montero (Call Me By Your Name” earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. Lil Nas X is also a member of the LGBTQ community, incorporating that aspect of himself into the music videos for “That’s What I Want” and “Industry Baby.” 

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Outstanding Female Artist nominees include H.E.R., Ari Lennox, Beyoncé, Chloe, and Jazmine Sullivan. 2021 marked a significant year for Chloe, who released her first single as a solo artist, “Have Mercy.” 

Judas and the Black Messiah, King Richard, Respect, The Harder They Fall, and The United States vs. Billie Holiday earned Outstanding Motion Picture nominations. BET broadcasts the award ceremony on Sat. Feb 26. The NAACP is scheduled to honor award recipients in non-televised categories from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23.

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