Black Panther, Empire, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Black-Ish And More Win Big At NAACP Image Awards

At this weekend’s NAACP Image Awards, JAY-Z, Taraji P. Henson, Beyoncé and more artists had their work recognized. Shows ranging from ABC’s “Black-Ish” and STARZ’s “Power” were big winner, and the box office smash hit Black Panther secured huge category awards.

Beyoncé was named entertainer of the year, and the superstar paid homage to the people who were nominated in the same category as her. She beat out LeBron James, Regina King, Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler. Beyoncé added: “I’m honored to be included among all of you, and to be a part of a vital and thriving community. Thank you to the NAACP.”  Jay-Z received the President’s Award for the rapper’s public service achievements through his Shawn Carter Foundation and serving as co-founder of the REFORM Alliance.

Donald Glover won for his directing on “Atlanta.” On the music side, his alter-ego Childish Gambino’s song “This is America” won for best music video.

“Black Panther” was awarded for best motion picture. The Marvel blockbuster was a box-office hit domestically and a cultural phenomenon, earning $700 million domestically during it theatrical run. “Black Panther” won in several other categories, including best actor in a motion picture (Chadwick Boseman), supporting actor in a motion picture (Michael B. Jordan) and directing in a motion picture (Ryan Coogler). 

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters received the NAACP Chairman’s Award for public service. 

Beyonce, ‘Black Panther,’ win top NAACP Image Awards


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