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Non-televised winners of the 2016 NAACP Image Awards

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Winners were announced in 45 non-televised categories for the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards ahead of it airing tonight.  The controversy that has surrounded the lack of diversity at the Oscars and Blacks getting proper recognition is a none issue at this love fest for Blacks in film,  television, music, various other areas of entertainment and community impact. 

Early winners include Gospel's Tina Campbell who snagged an award for Best Gospel album for her first solo release, "It's Personal."  The Wiz Live! won for Outstanding Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special.  "Wiz" co-star David Alan Grier won the award for his performance as the Cowardly Lion. The remaining 10 categories will be announced starting at 9 PM/Eastern in the live 2-hour telecast on TV One, hosted by Anthony Anderson of "black-ish."

There was a tribute to the late NAACP Chairman Julian Bond at the pre-award show dinner.

The winners are as follow:
Television Categories
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Mike Epps – “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Marsai Martin – “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton – “Scandal” (ABC)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Regina King – “American Crime” (ABC)
Outstanding Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special
“The Wiz Live!” (NBC)
Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special
David Alan Grier – “The Wiz Live!” (NBC)
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini- Series, or Dramatic Special
Queen Latifah 
– “Bessie” (HBO)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
“Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
“The Talk” (CBS)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
“Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (OWN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
“Family Feud” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Children’s Program
“Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Mini-Series)
Marcus Scribner – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Steve Harvey- “Family Feud” (Syndicated)

Recording Categories   
Outstanding New Artist
Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Conqueror” – Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol.4” – Miles Davis (Columbia Legacy Recordings)
Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“It’s Personal” – Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative)

Outstanding Music Video
“Shame” – Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“Back Together” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Album
“Woman” – Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“You’re So Beautiful” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)

Literature Categories  
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“Stand Your Ground” – Victoria Christopher Murrary(Touchstone)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction
“Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” – Pamela Newkirk (HarperCollins/Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“The Fishermen” – Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
“Between The World

For the full list go to the NAACP Awards website at