As we reported yesterday, the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards will take place on Friday, February 6. For the first time in at least 20 years, there will be no representation of daytime as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has removed the Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series categories from the upcoming awards show. When we went to press yesterday, the NAACP was unable to officially comment on the matter. That has since changed.
“The NAACP Image Awards have evolved over the years which includes the number of award show categories. Each year, the NAACP Image Awards Committee discusses and reviews the categories and implements changes to enhance the show as well as to evolve with changing times – this includes adding categories as well as removing ones that were once part of the process. Currently there are 54 categories that are voted on by the NAACP Image Awards Committee and announced at the pre-show and/or main show,” the organization said in a statement released to Soap Opera Network just a short time ago.
In other words, sources tell us, various reasons likely took place when the awards committee met to discuss categories for the awards show, including the lack of overall representation of colored people daytime has to offer (not likely), the possible lack of submissions for consideration by eligible talent (again not likely) and/or the addition of new categories that deemed more important in today’s world than daytime dramas.
The lack of a daytime nomination category for the NAACP Image Awards is just another blow to the daytime community that once received nominations for the People’s Choice Awards and Directors Guild Awards.
For a complete list of nominations for the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards, for those that are interested, click here.
The awards show will air live on TV One on Friday, February 6 at 9:00 PM, ET/8:00 PM, CT.