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NAACP Image Awards Recap

Photos by Lisa Cyrus

The winners of the “43RD NAACP Image Awards” were announced recently from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium. Sanaa Latham, screen star from the movie Contagion and Anthony Macki, from “Hurt Locker,” and “Adjustment Bureau” hosted the two hour event.

Some of the biggest names in film, television and music appeared including LL Cool J, Paula Patton, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, Jordin Sparks, Russell Hornsby, Keke Palmer, Corey Reynolds, Judge Greg Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Archie Panjabi and Hill Harper with performances by Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Jill Scott, Kirk Franklin and Ne-Yo.

Kirk Franklin was the big winner for the night for Gospel taking home the Outstanding Gospel Album award.

George Lucas received the NAACP Vanguard Award, Radio One/TV One Founder Cathy Hughes received the NAACP Chairman’s Award and The Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association received the NAACP President’s Award.

The highlight of the event was a moving tribute for Whitney Houston as well as all the other stars that have passed away since the last awards ceremony. Yolanda Adams performed the powerful hymn “I Love the Lord”, originally penned by Isaac Watts but made famous by Houston. Adams did a wonderful job on the song and moved the entire audience to a standing ovation.

Below is a partial list of winners for your review and check out the pictures and video highlights.

Category Title/Name
Outstanding Male Artist Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)

Outstanding Female Artist Jill Scott (Warner Bros. Records)

Outstanding Duo or Group or Collaboration Mary J. Blige feat. Drake (Geffen)

Outstanding Jazz Album “Guitar Man” -George Benson (Concord Jazz)

Outstanding Gospel Album -Traditional or Contemporary “Hello Fear” -Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)

Outstanding World Music Album “Sounds of Blackness” -Sounds of Blackness (Malaco Music Group)

Outstanding Music Video “Where You At” -Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)

Outstanding Song “I Smile” -Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)

Outstanding Album “I Remember Me” -Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)

Outstanding Comedy Series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Malcolm-Jamal Warner -“Reed Between the Lines” (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracee Ellis Ross -“Reed Between the Lines” (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series-Nick Cannon -“Up All Night” (NBC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series-Keshia Knight Pulliam -“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Outstanding Drama Series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series LL Cool J -“NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Regina King -“SouthLAnd” (TNT)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series James Pickens, Jr.- “Grey’s Anatomy”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Archie Panjabi -“The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special “Thurgood” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Laurence Fishburne “Thurgood” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Taraji P. Henson -
“Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series Emerson Brooks -“All My Children” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series Tatyana Ali -“The Young and the Restless”

Outstanding News/Information Series or Special “Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series “Oprah’s Lifeclass” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Reality Series “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)

Outstanding Variety Series or Special “Oprah Presents: Master Class” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Outstanding Children’s Program “I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View” (HBO)

Whitney Houston Tribute at NAACP Image Awards

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