Some of the biggest names in entertainment were in attendance at the virtual 2021 NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. The event celebrates Black excellence across industries, acknowledging exceptional performances in film, television, music, literature, and even on social media. Several winners, from TikTok legend Tabitha Brown to Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page, shared that awards feel even more special when given on behalf of your own community.
While 2021 felt different than previous years — with a “red carpet” that consisted mostly of stars posting to their own social media pages — it was just as memorable. In fact, it felt like celebrities were more experimental and purposeful with their looks than ever, perhaps because they avoided the physical challenges of transporting heavy gowns in their cars, or shuffling from stage to seat.
Stars who appeared at the digital event included Issa Rae in resplendent white Prada, Tracee Ellis Ross sporting a Schiaparelli gold bird headpiece as an accessory, and the aforementioned Page whose blazer had an inspiring meaning that will make your heart melt.
There were a few dramatic Christian Siriano confections (worn by Janelle Monae and Marsai Martin) and one breathtaking ODLR moment by way of Regina King in a custom one-shoulder dress with a flowing train.
Ahead, find the best red carpet looks of the night at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards.