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Ahead of Monday night’s televised 49th NAACP Image Awards, a group of nominees took home the coveted award during the pre-telecast gala dinner Sunday in Pasadena, California.

It was a big night for Jordan Peele, who finally got major recognition for his film, Get Out. The director picked up two awards, one for Best Film Writing and Director.

And speaking of finally getting recognition, Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish won an Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

Idris Elba picked up two awards, one for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in THOR: Ragnarok and Best Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special for his role in Guerilla. 

Mary J. Blige, who just last week got her star on the Hollywood walk of fame, also picked up an award for Best Female Artist. Also in the music category, SZA snagged the trophy for Best New Artist.

HipHollywood will be on the red carpet for Monday night’s televised show where Danny Glover is set to receive the President’s Award for his professional and philanthropic achievements.

Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige might find herself on top with multiple awards; the 47-year-old along with Jay Z are leading the nominees in tonight’s categories.

See photos below from the pre-show gala and be sure to tune in to for all things Image Awards.

Demetria McKinney


Caleb McLaughlin


Adrienne Bailon


Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji


Joe Morton


Marsai Martin


Jussie Smollett


Lena Waithe and Sterling K. Brown


Samira Wiley


Naitia ‘Lil Mama’ Kirkland


Lil Rel Howery




Supporting actor in a motion picture 

Idris Elba, “THOR: Ragnarok”

Supporting actress in a motion picture

Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”

Independent motion picture





Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Directing in a motion picture

Jordan Peele, “Get Out”


New artist


Male artist

Bruno Mars

Female artist

Mary J. Blige

Duo, group or collaboration

Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

Jazz album

“Petite Afrique,” Somi

Gospel/Christian album

“Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2,” Greenleaf Soundtrack

Music video/visual album

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Song – traditional

“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars


“DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar

Song – contemporary

“HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar


Supporting actor in a comedy series

Jay Ellis, “Insecure”

Supporting actress in a comedy series

Marsai Martin, “‘black-ish”

Supporting actor in a drama series

Joe Morton, “Scandal”

Supporting actress in a drama series

Naturi Naughton, “Power”

Television movie, limited, series or dramatic special

“The New Edition Story”

Actor in a television movie, limited series or dramatic special

Idris Elba, “Guerrilla”

Actress in a television movie, limited, series or dramatic special

Queen Latifah, “Flint”

Directing in a comedy series

Anton Cropper, “‘black-ish”

Directing in a dramatic series

Carl Franklin, “13 Reasons Why”

Directing in a television movie or special

Allen Hughes, “The Defiant Ones”

News/information series or special



“The 44th President: In His Own Words”

Talk series

“The Real”

Reality program/reality competition series

“The Manns”

Variety or game show series or special

“Lip Sync Battle”

Children’s program

“Doc McStuffins”

Performance by a youth (series, special, television movie or limited series)

Caleb McLaughlin, “Stranger Things”

Host in a talk or news/information series or special

Roland Martin, “News One Now”

Host in a reality/reality competition, game show or variety series or special

LL Cool J, “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)

Character voice-over performance

Tiffany Haddish, “Legends of Chamberlain Heights”

Writing in a comedy series

Janine Barrois, “Claws”

Writing in a dramatic series

Gina Prince-Bythewood, “Shots Fired”

Writing in a television movie or special

Abdul Williams, “The New Edition Story”



“The Annotated African American Folktales,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Editor),Maria Tatar (Editor), (Liveright Publishing Corporation)


“Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies,” Dick Gregory

Debut author

“No One Is Coming to Save Us,” Stephanie Powell Watts

Biography or autobiography

“Becoming Ms. Burton, From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women,” Susan Burton and Cari Lynn


“The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams,” Dr. Tererai Trent


“Incendiary Art: Poems,” Patricia Smith


“Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History ,” Vashti Harrison

Youth and teens

“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground,” Rita Williams-Garcia, author and Frank Morrison illustrator

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