Actor nominees include Teagle Bougere, Charles Gardner, Rashad Hall, Leroy McClain, James Vincent Meredith, Andre Teamer (Drama or comedy); Morris Robinson, Kelvin Roston Jr., and Rashawn Thompson (Musical or revue); Kamal Angelo Bolden, Manny Buckley, Kevin Mambo, Warner Joseph Miller, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Pogue, William R. Riley (featured in a drama or comedy); Donald Barnes, David Jennings, K.C. Lee, Mark Smith, Lawrence Williams, and Sule Greg Wilson (featured in a musical or revue).
Actress nominees include Karen Aldridge, Alana Arenas, Pascale Armand, Cynthia Faye Carter, Shanesia Davis, Ebony Joy (drama or comedy); Alyson Cambridge, Tashika Benson, E. Faye Butler, Rhiannon Giddens, China Stewart (musical or revue); Zainab Jah, Mildred Marie Langford, Tamberla Perry, Rhonda Preston, Marlo Manns (Featured in a drama or comedy); Felicia Fields, Melanie McCullough, Nyfesha Miller, Jasmine Patton, Yahdina U-Deen, and Marketta Wilder (featured in a musical or revue).
In the category of Best Drama or Comedy, the nominees include Bodies, dowager daughters of transcendence and Sweet Home. The Best Musical or Revue nominees feature The Color Purple, The Jackie Wilson Story, and The Marvin Gaye Story.
In the Dramatic Script category, the nominees are Sweet Home by Keith Josef Adkins, The Convert by Danai Gurira, dowager daughters of transendence by Cheryl Hall, Hit the Wall by Ike Holter, Bodies by Carla Stillwell, and Immediate Family by Paul Oakley Stovall. The Best Musical or Revue Script nominees feature Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville by Lalenja Harrington and Sule Greg Wilson, The Marvin Gaye Story by Jackie Taylor, and Crowns by Regina Taylor.