The NAACP celebrated a year of achievement with the 51st NAACP Image Awards broadcasted live on BET. The big winners of the evening included Lizzo as Entertainer of the Year and Jamie Foxx as Outstanding Support Actor in a Motion Picture for Just Mercy.
Additional winners for the evening included Angela Bassett as Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her work in 9-1-1. Lupita Nyong’o won Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in Us. Marsai Martin won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Little and her tv mom Tracee Ellis Ross won for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series as Rainbow Johnson in black-ish. Just Mercy also won the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
Coming off a birthday celebration in Mexico, Rihanna appeared at the ceremony wearing a purple ruffled dress from Givenchy’s spring 2020 couture collection, Yahoo reports. During her acceptance speech, she spoke to everyone coming together to “fix this world” and in glowing honor of receiving the award.
“Thank you to the NAACP for all of your efforts to ensure equality for our communities,” Rihanna said. “Thank you for celebrating our strength and tenacity. We’ve been denied opportunities since the beginning of time. Still, we prevail. so I’m honored. Imagine what we can do together. Thank you for this honor.”
The evening also carried a tribute to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven additional people who were killed in a helicopter crash. The moment showed a basketball goal on a dark stage with a piece of Bryant’s last speech playing with the final image being him and Gianna hugging, CNN detailed.
U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-GA) was also recognized during the evening with the NAACP Chairman’s Award, which he sent in a video accepting the award.
Performances for the evening include Jill Scott performing “Do You Remember and “Is It The Way,” while H.E.R. performed Slide”, “Slow Down” and “Turn The Lights Down Low,” with the assistance of Skip Marley.
Additional guests at the ceremony included Brie Larson, Chloe Bailey, Deon Cole, Elaine Welteroth, Harold Perrineau, Janelle Monae, Lena Waithe, Leslie Odom Jr., Logan Browning, Lukka Sabbatt, Lynn Whitfield, Octavia Spencer, Robin Thede, Shahidi Wright Joseph, Sterling K. Brown, Tamron Hall, Tichina Arnold, Tiffany Haddish, Winston Dukes, Yara Shahidi, Yvette Nicole Brown.
You can see all of the winners below.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Angela Bassett – “9-1-1” (FOX)
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Michael B. Jordan – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Lupita Nyong’o – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Jamie Foxx – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Marsai Martin – “Little” (Universal Pictures)
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