BET and the NAACP Image Awards have announced presenters and performances for its 2022 ceremony, according to a press release. Nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige is set to perform at the 53rd annual awards ceremony, while Zendaya and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson are among the presenters.

Joining the Emmy-winning actress and newly Oscar-nominated director as presenters for the live NAACP Image Awards show are a slew of A-list celebrities, including actors Issa Rae, Kerry Washington, Morgan Freeman, Paula Patton, Simu Liu, Tiffany Haddish, LL CoolJ, and Michael Strahan.

Mary J. Blige speaks during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show press conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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Seven times winner of the image prize Anthony Anderson hosts the event, which airs Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. on BET.

At the top of the nominations this year, the HBO series Unsafe and the Netflix movie The more they fall, each earning 12 nods. Singer-songwriter HER leads all musicians with six nominations.

Additionally, the president of the NAACP Derrick Johnson, and Chairman of the NAACP Board of Trustees Leon W. Russell be on hand as presenters. Samuel L. Jackson will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award. Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Project 1619, Nikole Hannah Joneswill receive the Social Justice Impact Award.

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Members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Texas House Democratic Caucus and Texas Legislative Black Caucus will be recipients of the Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award. Scottish x. Esdaile, The president of the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches and member of the NAACP National Board of Directors will receive the Activist of the Year award.

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Ahead of the February 26 television broadcast, a five-night virtual show announcing non-television awards including film, television, writing, directing, music and media categories will be available on the NAACP Image Awards YouTube channel. , as well as on its official website from February 21 to 25.

Actor Afion Crockett will host the virtual night show. Presenters include Aida Rodriquez, Asiahn Bryant, Clint Coley, Cory Hardrict, Courtney Nichole, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Derrick Johnson, Karen Boykin-Towns, Khleo Thomas, Lauren Wesley Wilson, Leon W. Russell, Lori Harvey, Luke Lawal, Jr., Marcel Spears, Matt Cedeno, Melissa L. Williams, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Wisdom Cole.

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