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Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J Win Big At The “NAACP Image Awards”

The 49th edition of the National Association For Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Image Awards held on Monday, the 15th of January. The award event duly recognises African Americans who have made an impact in the entertainment industry.

The award event, which held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, saw Kendrick win three awards: Outstanding Album for DAMN, Outstanding Duo for Loyalty (ft. Rihanna), and Outstanding Contemporary Song with HUMBLE.

Mary J. Blige who was recently inscribed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame won the award for Outstanding Female Artist.

Black-ish Wins The 2018 NAACP Outstanding Comedy Series. Photo credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (9322226h)<br />The cast and crew of “black-ish” accepts the award for outstanding comedy series at the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in Pasadena, Calif. Pictured from left are Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Anderson, Jeff Mecham, Jenifer Lewis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kenya Barris, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Peter Mackenzie, Marsai Martin, and Marcus Scribner<br />APTOPIX 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards – Show, Pasadena, USA – 15 Jan 2018

LL Cool J is breaking grounds not in his music but as a television host. He received an award for Outstanding Host in a Reality Competition award for Lip Sync Battle.

The Memphis Sanitation Workers was honoured with the NAACP Vanguard Awards for bringing Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis because of their strike 50 years ago.

See the list of awardees below:


Entertainer of the Year: Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer, “Gifted”

Outstanding Motion Picture: “Girls Trip”

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Idris Elba, “THOR: Ragnarok”

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”

Independent Motion Picture: “Detroit”

Documentary: “STEP”

Writing: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Directing in a Motion Picture: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”


New Artist: SZA

Male Artist: Bruno Mars

Female Artist: Mary J. Blige

Duo, Group or Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna

Jazz Album: “Petite Afrique,” Somi

Gospel/Christian Album: “Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2,” Greenleaf Soundtrack

Music Video/Visual Album: “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Song – Traditional: “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars

Album: “DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar

Song – Contemporary: “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar


Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Jay Ellis, “Insecure”

Oustanding Comedy Series: “black-ish”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, “‘black-ish”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Omari Hardwick, “Power”

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, “Scandal”

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Naturi Naughton, “Power”

Outstanding Drama Series: “Power”

Television Movie, Limited, Series or Dramatic Special: “The New Edition Story”

Oustanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special: Idris Elba, “Guerrilla”

Oustanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited, Series or Dramatic Special: Queen Latifah, “Flint”

Directing in a Comedy Series: Anton Cropper, “‘black-ish”

Directing in a Dramatic Series: Carl Franklin, “13 Reasons Why”

Directing in a Television Movie or Special: Allen Hughes, “The Defiant Ones”

News/Information Series or Special: “Unsung”

Documentary: “The 44th President: In His Own Words”

Talk Series: “The Real”

Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: “The Manns”

Variety or Game Show Series or Special: “Lip Sync Battle”

Children’s Program: “Doc McStuffins”

Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series): Caleb McLaughlin, “Stranger Things”

Host in a Talk or News/Information Series or Special: Roland Martin, “News One Now”

Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety Series or Special: LL Cool J, “Lip Sync Battle” (Spike)

Character Voice-Over Performance: Tiffany Haddish, “Legends of Chamberlain Heights”

Writing in a Comedy Series: Janine Barrois, “Claws

Writing in a Dramatic Series: Gina Prince-Bythewood, “Shots Fired”

Writing in a Television Movie or Special: Abdul Williams, “The New Edition Story”


Fiction: “The Annotated African American Folktales” Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Editor), Maria Tatar (Editor), (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

Non-Fiction: “Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies” Dick Gregory

Debut Author: “No One Is Coming to Save Us” Stephanie Powell Watts

Biography or Autobiography: “Becoming Ms. Burton, From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” Susan Burton and Cari Lynn

Instructional: “The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams” Dr. Tererai Trent

Poetry: “Incendiary Art: Poems” Patricia Smith

Children: “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” Vashti Harrison

Youth and Teens: “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” Rita Williams-Garcia, author and Frank Morrison illustrator

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