The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards took place last night in Pasadena, CA and aired live on the cable network TVOne. The event's website describes the award show’s aims as a celebration of “the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts...as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors."
The night’s big musical winners were John Legend, who won the general male artist award, and Beyonce, who earned the same award in the female category. Legend faced up against other R&B performers Charlie Wilson, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Robin Thicke. His most recent release, Love in the Future, was executive produced by Kanye West and Legend himself and featured an appearance from Rick Ross. Besides his award as Outstanding Male Artist, Legend also took home the coveted Outstanding Song award for his Love in the Future single “All Of Me.”
Beyonce's award as Outstanding Female Artist beat out singers Janelle Monáe, India Arie, Mary J Blige, and Ledisi. In December of 2013, Beyonce released her self-titled fifth album with little advance promotional lead-up. Beyonce was released as a visual album available exclusively on iTunes. The album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, sold more than a million units digitally in just under one week. The record features Jay Z, Drake, and Frank Ocean.
Other winners at the ceremony included Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell for their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” The trio earned the honors ahead of other nominees Jay Z and Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys and Maxwell. The video for "Blurred Lines" can be streamed below.
Janelle Monáe's “Queen” video won an award in the Outstanding Music Video category. Kevin Hart received a general award as Entertainer of the Year.
All of the night’s winner’s are available below as per Billboard.
- Male artist: John Legend.
- Female artist: Beyoncé.
- New artist: K. Michelle.
- Duo, group or collaboration: Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, "Blurred Lines."
- Song: John Legend, "All Of Me."
- Album: Charlie Wilson, "Love, Charlie."
- Jazz album: SFJAZZ Collective, "The Songs of Stevie Wonder."
- World Music Album: Natalie Cole, "Natalie Cole en Espanol."
- Gospel album: Tamela Mann, "Best Days Deluxe Edition."
- Music video: Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu, "Q.U.E.E.N."
- Motion picture: "12 Years A Slave."
- Actor in a motion picture: Forest Whitaker, "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
- Actress in a motion picture: Angela Bassett, "Black Nativity."
- Supporting actor in a motion picture: David Oyelowo, "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
- Supporting actress in a motion picture: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years A Slave"
- Directing in a motion picture: Steve McQueen, "12 Years A Slave."
- Writing in a motion picture: John Ridley, "12 Years A Slave."
- Independent motion picture: "Fruitvale Station."
- International motion picture: "War Witch."
- Documentary: "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners."
- Drama series: "Scandal."
- Actor in a drama series: LL Cool J, "NCIS: Los Angeles."
- Actress in a drama series: Kerry Washington, "Scandal."
- Supporting actor in a drama series: Joe Morton, "Scandal."
- Supporting actress in a drama series: Taraji P. Henson, "Person of Interest."
- Directing in a drama series: Regina King, "Southland."
- Writing in a drama series: Janine Sherman Barrois, "Criminal Minds."
- Comedy series: "Real Husbands of Hollywood."
- Actor in a comedy series: Kevin Hart, "Real Husbands of Hollywood."
- Actress in a comedy series: Wendy Raquel Robinson, "The Game."
- Supporting actor in a comedy series: Morris Chestnut, "Nurse Jackie."
- Supporting actress in a comedy series: Brandy Norwood, "The Game."
- Directing in a comedy series: Millicent Shelton, "The Hustle."
- Writing in a comedy series: Vincent Brown, "A.N.T. Farm."
- Television movie, miniseries or drama special: "Being Mary Jane."
- Actor in a television movie, miniseries or drama special: Idris Elba, "Luther."
- Actress in a television movie, miniseries or drama special: Gabrielle Union, "Being Mary Jane."
- Actor in a daytime drama series: Kristoff St. John, "The Young and the Restless."
- Actress in a daytime drama series: Tatyana Ali, "The Young and the Restless."
- Talk series: "Steve Harvey."
- Reality series: "Iyanla: Fix My Life."
- Variety series or special: "Black Girls Rock!"
- Documentary: "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic."
- Children's program: "Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts MasterClass."
- Performance by a youth in a children's program: China Anne McClain, "A.N.T. Farm."
- News series or special: "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr."
- Fiction: Pamela Samuels Young, "Anybody's Daughter."
- Non-fiction: Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthemer, "Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery."
- Debut author: Sheri Booker, "Nine Years Under."
- Biography: Jeanne Theoharis, "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.
- Instructional: Robin Quivers, "The Vegucation of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life."
- Poetry: Frank X Walker, "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers."
- Children's: Kadir Nelson, "Nelson Mandela."
- Youth: Tanya Lee Stone, "Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers."
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