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Abbott Elementary stars Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph looked stunning as they made their appearance on the red carpet of the annual 54th NAACP Image Awards before winning the Outstanding Comedy Series honor.

The 33-year-old actress was eye-catching in a strapless floor-sweeping gown adorned with reflective circle panels while the 66-year-old Tony winner wore an orange, mermaid fishtail style dress.

Brunson was nominated in four separate categories and won two awards – Outstanding Actress in the comedy series category and Breakthrough Creative in the TV category.

While posing on the red carpet, she wore a strapless, fitted dress with an elegant draped train and a sexy thigh-high slit.

Ralph – who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the comedy series category but lost to her costar Janelle James – donned a tight-fitting dress with a sweetheart neckline and an ikat-print design.

Award winner: Abbott Elementary stars Quinta Brunson, 33, looked stunning as she made their appearance on the red carpet of the annual 54th NAACP Image Awards

On the red carpet: Sheryl Lee Ralph, 66 - who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the comedy series category but lost to her costar Janelle James - donned a tight-fitting dress with a sweetheart neckline and an ikat-print design

Award winners: Abbott Elementary stars Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph looked stunning as they made their appearance on the red carpet of the annual 54th NAACP Image Awards

Brunson – who was also nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for her work in Development Day – wore silver stiletto heels to match the mirrored dress with various reflective sequins of different sizes.

For jewelry, she accessorized with a pair of dangling statement earrings and wore several sparkling rings.

She styled her hair with a chic middle part and opted for a makeup look featuring silver eyeshadow and rosy cheeks.

Her costar in the hit ABC comedy series wore a light orange dress with a brown flared base.

She styled her hair in a sleek but voluminous bun to show off a pair of organically-shaped, gold hoop earrings.  

The debut season of mockumentary sitcom Abbott Elementary premiered in December 2021 and has received multiple accolades recognizing the success of the series.

While accepting the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Brunson was joined by the rest of her castmates and gave a speech thanking the recognition for their ‘brand new show’ and praising Black-ish.

‘I just want to say thank you so much,’ she said. ‘We are a brand new show. Watching all the other shows up there that paved the way for us – shows that have helped push us through the door at ABC like Black-ish.

Stunner: Brunson wore silver stiletto heels to match the mirrored dress with various reflective sequins of different sizes

Stunner: Brunson wore silver stiletto heels to match the mirrored dress with various reflective sequins of different sizes

Sparkling in silver: For jewelry, the comedian accessorized with a pair of dangling statement earrings and wore several sparkling rings

Sparkling in silver: For jewelry, the comedian accessorized with a pair of dangling statement earrings and wore several sparkling rings

‘Congratulations on a fantastic last season of Black-ish,’ she continued. ‘We are so grateful. We were blessed to have wonderful experiences this awards season, but there’s nothing like winning an NAACP award.’ 

She added: ‘We’re happy that we get to make this show that is accessible to everyone but for and by us.’

The 54th NAACP Image Awards were hosted in Downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live Event Deck by Queen Latifah on Saturday. 

The event honors outstanding representations and achievements of people of color in motion pictures, television, music, and literature in the year 2022. 

The nominations were announced on Thursday, January 12, 2023, and the ceremony will air on Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m. ET on BET.  

Beyoncé and Rihanna were among the winners included in night one of the weeklong non-televised categories getting awarded ahead of Saturday’s main ceremony.

Beyoncé won for the Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Soul/R&B Song for Cuff It and Outstanding Album for Renaissance. While Rihanna won for Outstanding Video/Visual Album for Lift Me Up, with her film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever taking the trophy for the Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album category.

Reginald Hudlin, Giancarlo Esposito, Brittani Nichols and Marissa Jo Cerar were some of the winners revealed on Thursday, during the fourth night.

Custom-made: Her costar in the hit ABC comedy series wore a light orange dress with a brown flared base; the gown with a sweetheart neckline, ruffled sleeves, and mermaid design highlighted her curves

Custom-made: Her costar in the hit ABC comedy series wore a light orange dress with a brown flared base; the gown with a sweetheart neckline, ruffled sleeves, and mermaid design highlighted her curves

All in the details: The beaded bodice and ikat-print skirt added dimension to the overall look; she styled her hair in a sleek but voluminous bun to show off a pair of organically-shaped, gold hoop earrings

All in the details: The beaded bodice and ikat-print skirt added dimension to the overall look; she styled her hair in a sleek but voluminous bun to show off a pair of organically-shaped, gold hoop earrings

Hudlin received the Outstanding Directing in a Documentary prize for his Sidney Poitier documentary Sidney. 

Esposito received a nod for directing a drama series for a Season 6 episode of Better Call Saul, and Angela Barnes won for directing a comedy for Atlanta. The night prior Quinta, Keke Palmer, and Nia Long, were among those who received nods.

Brunson won for Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television) for her ABC show Abbott Elementary. Palmer won Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture for her work on Lightyear. Long won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited–Series or Dramatic Special for The Best Man: The Final Chapters. 

Serena Williams will be honored with the Jackie Robinson Sports Award and Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade will be recognized with the President’s Award.

Receiving their award: While accepting the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Brunson was joined by the rest of her castmates and gave a speech thanking the recognition for their 'brand new show' and praising Black-ish

Receiving their award: While accepting the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Brunson was joined by the rest of her castmates and gave a speech thanking the recognition for their ‘brand new show’ and praising Black-ish

Presenters include Zendaya, Taye Diggs, Issa Rae, Cliff ‘Method Man’ Smith, Jonathan Majors, Janelle Monáe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Host Queen Latifah said in a statement, ‘It’s an honor to host the 54th NAACP Image Awards, especially in the year we are celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop.

‘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!’

Kyle Bowser, who’s the senior vice president of the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau told CNN the award show’s objective ‘is to broaden the scope, widen the lens, if you will, in the critique and the evaluation of what excellence looks like.’

NAACP Image Awards 2023 WINNERS

Entertainer of the Year 

Angela Bassett – WINNER

Mary J. Blige

Quinta Brunson

Viola Davis

Zendaya

 

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture 

Daniel Kaluuya – Nope

Jonathan Majors – Devotion

Joshua Boone – A Jazzman’s Blues

Sterling K. Brown – Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul

Will Smith – Emancipation – WINNER

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Aldis Hodge – Black Adam

Cliff Method Man” Smith – On The Come Up

Jalyn Hall – TILL

John Boyega – The Woman King

Tenoch Huerta – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER

Danai Gurira – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Janelle Monáe – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Lashana Lynch – The Woman King

Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

 

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Loretta Devine – Family Reunion

Maya Rudolph – Loot

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary – WINNER

Tichina Arnold – The Neighborhood

Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish

 

Outstanding Drama Series

Bel-Air

Bridgerton

Euphoria

P-Valley

Queen Sugar

 

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Damson Idris – Snowfall

Jabari Banks – Bel-Air

Kofi Siriboe – Queen Sugar

Nicco Annan – P-Valley – WINNER

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 

Adjoa Andoh – Bridgerton

Bianca Lawson – Queen Sugar

Loretta Devine – P-Valley – WINNER

Susan Kelechi Watson – This Is Us

Tina Lifford – Queen Sugar

 

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special 

Carl Weber’s The Black Hamptons

From Scratch

The Best Man: The Final Chapters – WINNER

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Women of the Movement

 

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

Niecy Nash-Betts – Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story – WINNER

Regina Hall – The Best Man: The Final Chapters

Sanaa Lathan – The Best Man: The Final Chapters

Viola Davis – The First Lady

Zoe Saldaña – From Scratch

 

Outstanding Female Artist

Beyoncé – Renaissance – WINNER

Ari Lennox – Age/Sex/Location

Chloe Bailey – Surprise

SZA – SOS

Jazmine Sullivan – Hurt Me So Good

 

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song

Beyoncé – Cuff It – WINNER

Rihanna – Lift Me Up

Lizzo – About Damn Time

H.E.R – Good Morning Gorgeous

Mary J. Blige – Good Morning Gorgeous

Jazmine Sullivan – Hurt Me So Good

 

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

About Damn Time – Lizzo (Atlantic Records)

Be Alive – Beyoncé (Columbia Records/ Parkwood Entertainment)

Lift Me Up – Rihanna (Def Jam Recordings) – WINNER

Lord Forgive Me feat. Fat, Pharrell and Olu of Earthgang – Tobe Nwigwe (The Good Stewards Collective)

The Heart Part 5 – Kendrick Lamar (pgLang/Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)

 

Outstanding Motion Picture 

A Jazzman’s Blues

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – WINNER

Emancipation

The Woman King

TILL

 

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture 

Danielle Deadwyler – TILL

Keke Palmer – Alice

Letitia Wright – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Regina Hall – Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul

Viola Davis – The Woman King – WINNER

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary – WINNER

Atlanta

black-ish

Rap S**t

The Wonder Years

 

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson – black-ish

Cedric The Entertainer – The Neighborhood – WINNER

Donald Glover – Atlanta

Dulé Hill – The Wonder Years

Mike Epps – The Upshaws

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Brian Tyree Henry – Atlanta

Deon Cole – black-ish

Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live

Tyler James Williams – Abbott Elementary – WINNER

William Stanford Davis – Abbott Elementary

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Janelle James – Abbott Elementary – WINNER

Jenifer Lewis – black-ish

Marsai Martin – black-ish

Sheryl Lee Ralph – Abbott Elementary

Wanda Sykes – The Upshaws

 

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Angela Bassett – 9-1-1 – WINNER

Brandee Evans – P-Valley

Queen Latifah – The Equalizer

Rutina Wesley – Queen Sugar

Zendaya – Euphoria

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Adrian Holmes – Bel-Air

Amin Joseph – Snowfall

Caleb McLaughlin – Stranger Things

Cliff ‘Method Man’ Smith – Power Book II: Ghost – WINNER

J. Alphonse Nicholson – P-Valley

 

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

Morris Chestnut – The Best Man: The Final Chapters – WINNER

Samuel L. Jackson – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Terrence Howard – The Best Man: The Final Chapters

Trevante Rhodes – Mike

Wendell Pierce – Don’t Hang Up

 

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

Glynn Turman – Women of the Movement

Keith David – From Scratch – WINNER

Omar Benson Miller – The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Russell Hornsby – Mike

Terrence ‘TC’ Carson – A Wesley Christmas

 

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

Alexis Floyd – Inventing Anna

Danielle Deadwyler – From Scratch

Melissa De Sousa – The Best Man: The Final Chapters

Nia Long – The Best Man: The Final Chapters – WINNER

Phylicia Rashad – Little America

 

Outstanding Album

Renaissance – Beyoncé – WINNER

Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers – Kendrick Lamar

Age/Sex/Location – Ari Lennox

Watch The Sun – PJ Morton

Breezy – Chris Brown

 

Jackie Robinson Sports Award

Serena Williams – WINNER 

 

Chairman’s Award

Congressman Bennie G. Thompson – WINNER

 

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