Hosted by actors Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie, the 43rd Annual NAACP Awards went down on Friday evening (February 18). A slew of celebrities hit the stage in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium to present the various award nominees, perform a song or two or to accept an Image Award.
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer cleaned house and swept up 2 out of the 3 awards for their hit box office film, The Help. Actors Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte presented the President’s Award to the Black Stuntmen’s Association. Samuel L. Jackson presented George Lucas with the Vanguard Award for his work on the motion picture, Red Tails. Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo performed “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in tribute to the movie director.
Jennifer Hudson won the Outstanding Album and Outstanding Music Video award for her album & single, “I Remember Me.” Traccee Ellis Ross and Regina King won awards for their roles on Reed Between the Lines and SouthLAnd, respectively.
As far as performers, Jill Scott & Lenny Kravitz rocked the house. Kirk Franklin sang a bit of “The Greatest Love of All” and Yolanda Adams performed the spiritual song “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry” in tribute to the late Whitney Houston. PEEP SOME OF THE PERFORMANCES HERE.