The 50th NAACP Image Awards, the premiere multicultural awards show, celebrating the accomplishments of people of color were announced during the live broadcast on TV One from The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Honoring the best in television, music, literature and film, the live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson, who also doubled as nominee, and took home the award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on black-ish.
The big winner of the night was Black Panther, which took home eight trophies, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Beyoncé was honored as the NAACP Entertainer of the Year, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters was presented the NAACP Chairman’s Award.
Additional winners included radio host and personality Tom Joyner who was presented with the Vanguard Award, which recognizes an individual whose groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of racial and social issues and NE-YO, who was awarded the inaugural Black & Positively Golden Music Honor Sponsored by McDonald’s, and Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter” who NAACP President Derrick Johnson presented with the prestigious President’s Award.
Other celebs in attendance included Chris Rock, Issa Rae, John Legend, Kerry Washington, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Thandie Newton, Trevor Noah, Vin Diesel, Viola Davis, and more!
Below is a list of award highlights from the 50th NAACP Image Awards:
Outstanding- Comedy Series
- “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
- Anthony Anderson, “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
- Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish ” (ABC)
Outstanding Drama Series
- “Power” (Starz)
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
- Omari Hardwick, “Power” (Starz)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
- Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” (FOX)
- “Ella Mai” – Ella Mai (10 Summers/Interscope Records)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
- Chadwick Boseman – “Black Panther” (Marvel Studios)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
- Amandla Stenberg – The Hate U Give” (20th Century Fox)
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture
- Letitia Wright – “Black Panther” (Marvel Studios)
Outstanding Motion Picture
- “Black Panther” (Marvel Studios)
Special Award – Entertainer of the Year
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
Video Credit: Evan Jackson, Young Bold & Regal
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