Watch the 49th NAACP Image Awards on MLK Day, January 15, 2018 LIVE on TV One at 9/8c

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Entertainer of the Year

Issa Rae

With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 23 million views and over 200,000 YouTube subscribers. Her first book, a collection of essays, is a New York Times Best Seller and her latest project, Insecure, was nominated for a 48th NAACP Image Awards.

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Chance the Rapper

NAACP Image Award winning artist and social activist Chance the Rapper released his third mixtape, Coloring Book, exclusively online in May 2016 to more than 57 million streams (the equivalent of 38,000 units sold) and a number 8 debut on the charts. The Windy City native was honored as Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year in 2014.

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Bruno Mars

NAACP Image Award winning artist Bruno Mars sold more than one million tickets for his 24K Magic World Tour in one single day. The singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and choreographer ranked number one on the Forbes 30 under 30 list in December 2013, donated $1 million to Flint water crisis aid, and is supporting hurricane recovery efforts in such devastated regions as Puerto Rico.

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Since 1996, 19-time Grammy award winner, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has dominated our ever-evolving popular culture. From his multiple businesses spanning sports and consumer products, to major live music festivals and more, Jay-Z continually earns accolades from across the recording and touring industries to such global investment leaders as Warren Buffett, and personifies the “American Dream.”

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Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay’s current directorial work includes Disney’s highly anticipated A Wrinkle in Time and 48th NAACP Image Award-winning series Queen Sugar. Her Image Award-winning documentary 13TH was one of 2016’s most acclaimed films, and her work on Image Award winning motion picture Selma garnered four Golden Globe nominations and two Oscar noms, including Best Picture.

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Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman stars as Thurgood Marshall in the fall 2017 release Marshall, and stars as “T’Challa” in Marvel’s Black Panther. He made his film debut in The Express, garnered rave reviews for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson in 42, and followed with his memorable portrayal of James Brown in Get On Up.

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Nominees for the 49th NAACP Image Awards will be announced on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Please direct any questions regarding the Submissions process to