NAACP Image Awards 2019: Beyonce Knowles and 'Black Panther' Come Out on Top
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Other big winners include 'Black-Ish' that dominates the Television category with five wins, Ella Mai who claims three prizes from the music section, and Jay-Z who is honored with the President's Award.

AceShowbiz - Beyonce Knowles, "Black Panther" and "Black-ish" were the big winners at the 50th NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood on Saturday night, March 30.

Beyonce beat out Chadwick Boseman, LeBron James, Regina King, and director Ryan Coogler for the Entertainer of the Year trophy, while "Black Panther" picked up the Outstanding Motion Picture award.

The film's star Boseman was honoured with the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture prize and his castmate Letitia Wright picked up the Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in the blockbuster, while writer/director Coogler picked up the Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film) prizes, and there were also wins for the film's supporting stars Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira.

"Black-Ish" dominated the TV awards, picking up the Outstanding Comedy Series gong, while the show's stars Anthony Anderson, who hosted the 2019 NAACP Awards, and Tracee Ellis Ross claimed the comedy acting trophies. There were also awards for co-stars Marcus Scribner and Marsai Martin.

"Power" was named the Outstanding Drama Series, while the show's star Omari Hardwick and "Empire"'s Taraji P. Henson claimed the top acting awards for TV drama, and Ella Mai was a triple winner in the music categories, claiming Outstanding Album, Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Song - Contemporary for "Boo'd Up".

Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, was also a big winner, landing the President's Award for distinguished public service.

The rapper dedicated his prize to the women in his life: "I grew up believing I could do anything, that I could accomplish anything because of those strong women in my house," he said.

One of the night's most hilarious moments came when comedian Chris Rock poked fun at "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, who was recently arrested for disorderly conduct in Chicago, Illinois after allegedly staging and reporting a fake assault. Despite being indicted on 16 counts by a grand jury, the actor was released earlier this week, beg March 25, and his record wiped clean.

He maintains he was beaten up by two men who hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Chicago's Mayor and chief of police are still convinced he's guilty.

Making light of Smollett's troubles at the Dolby Theater on Saturday night, Rock joked, "What a waste of light skin. You know what I could do with that light skin... I would be running Hollywood."

The full list of winners is:

  • Entertainer of the Year: Beyonce Knowles
  • Outstanding Motion Picture: "Black Panther"
  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther"
  • Outstanding Breakthrough Performance: Motion Picture: Letitia Wright, "Black Panther"
  • Outstanding Actressin a Motion Picture: Amandla Stenberg, "The Hate U Give"
  • Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture ( Film ): Ryan Coogler, "Black Panther"
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Samuel L. Jackson, "Incredibles 2"
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, "Black Panther"
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Danai Gurira, "Black Panther"
  • Outstanding Independent Motion Picture: "If Beale Street Could Talk"
  • Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture: "Black Panther"
  • Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series:Taraji P. Henson, "Empire"
  • Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"
  • Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Omari Hardwick, "Power"
  • Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, "Black-ish"
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: "Black-Ish"
  • Outstanding Drama Series: "Power"
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Marcus Scribner, "Black-ish"
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, "Black-ish"
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jesse Williams, "Grey's Anatomy"
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Lynn Whitfield, "Greenleaf"
  • Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series: Kerry Washington, "How to Get Away with Murder"
  • Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special: "The Bobby Brown Story"
  • Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special: Michael B. Jordan, "Fahrenheit 451"
  • Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special: Regina King, "Seven Seconds"
  • Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama"
  • Outstanding Talk Series: "The Real"
  • Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series): "Iyanla: Fix My Life"
  • Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special): "Black Girls Rock!"
  • Outstanding Children's Program: "Doc McStuffins"
  • Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series): Marsai Martin, "Black-ish"
  • Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) - Individual or Ensemble: Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow Smith, "Red Table Talk"
  • Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Steve Harvey, "Family Feud"
  • Outstanding Album: "Ella Mai" by Ella Mai
  • Outstanding New Artist: Ella Mai
  • Outstanding Male Artist: Bruno Mars
  • Outstanding Female Artist: H.E.R. (Gabi Wilson)
  • Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: "All the Stars" by Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  • Outstanding Jazz Album: "The Story of Jaz" by Jazmin Ghent feat. Jeff Lorber, James P. Lloyd, Kim Scott, Philippe Saisse
  • Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): "Unstoppable" by Koryn Hawthorne
  • Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album: "This Is America" by Childish Gambino (Donald Glover)
  • Outstanding Song - Traditional: "Long As I Live" by Toni Braxton
  • Outstanding Song - Contemporary: "Boo'd Up" by Ella Mai
  • Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation: The Album Music From and Inspired By "Black Panther" by Various Artists (Kendrick Lamar, SZA feat. 2Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, Saudi, Khalid, Swae Lee, Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok, SOB x RBE, Jorja Smith, Anderson .Paak, Ab Soul, Reason, Zacari, Babes Wudumo, Sjava, Travis Scott (II))
  • Literary Work - Fiction: "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
  • Outstanding Literary Work - Nonfiction: "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore & Veronica Chambers
  • Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author: "Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family" by David Mann, Tamela Mann & Shaun Saunders
  • Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography: "Becoming" by Michelle Obama
  • Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional: "Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life" by Daymond John & Daniel Paisner
  • Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry: "Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart" by Alice Walker
  • Outstanding Literary Work - Children: "Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race" by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens: "Harbor Me" by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Outstanding Documentary (Film): "Amazing Grace (2019)"
  • Outstanding Documentary (Television): "Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland"
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"
  • Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): J. David Shanks, "Seven Seconds: Matters of Life and Death"
  • Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, "Black Panther"
  • Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, "Atlanta" (FUBU)
  • Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: Deborah Ann Chow, "Better Call Saul (Something Stupid)"
  • Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Tracy Heather Strain, Lorraine Hansberry: "Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart"

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