Black talent was celebrated at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards, honoring the biggest names in entertainment. Go inside to see who made it into the winner’s circle….
Black Excellence was celebrated at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards over the weekend, honoring all of our faves in culture and entertainment. The ceremony aired live on BET in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Hudson was among the night’s big winners, nabbing the Entertainer of the Year Award for her showstopping portrayal of legendary singer Aretha Franklin in the blockbuster hit, RESPECT. She beat out Regina King, Megan Thee Stallion, Tiffany Haddish and Lil Nas X.
During her acceptance speech, the Oscar & Grammy winner thanked the NAACP for continuing to inspire “little girls like me.” Aretha handpicked JHud to play her not long after she won an Oscar for Dreamgirls.
"I was just standing here thinking 'It was here – the NAACP Awards – where I watched so many legends and icons that inspired me," JHud said during her speech. "Now, I'm standing here holding an award like this. It's because of seeing the Arethas, the Patti LaBelles, the Halle Berrys, all these legends right here on this stand that inspired me."
"This is for Ms. Franklin's legacy," she continued.
Peep her acceptance speech below:
No surprise here!
Daniel Kaluuya scooped up his first NAACP Image Award this year after four nominations from previous years. He won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah.
The British Bloke - draped in Gucci - was up against his co-star Algee Smith, as well as Idris Elba and Lakeith Stanfield, who were nominated for their roles in The Harder They Fall.
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Comedienne KymWhitley and new daytime talk show host SherriShepherd took him the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Self-Help Podcast for "Two Funny Mamas."
"A Different World" alun Cree Summer was also in the mix.
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Queen of Hip Hop Should Mary J. Blige wowed in a bold purple Tony Ward gown. That's Hip Hop royalty.
"Insecure" creator/star IssaRae - who won the Outstanding Comedy Series award - stunned in a hot pink MONSOORI strapless dress that featured a sweetheart neckline.
Hollywood vet HalleBerry was also flexing on the train game:
"Harlem" star ShaniquaShandai made her first NAACP Image Awards appearance this weekend in a purple Keama gown and custom cape.
"black-ish" star Marsai Martin was a vision in custom Dolce & Gabbana. She's growing up!
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Photos: Earl Gibson III/NAACP