Music and television stars Jill Scott, Jussie Smollett and Queen Latifah were among the big winners at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards on Friday (Feb. 5).
Scott nabbed three trophies: Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Album for her latest album, Woman, and Outstanding Song for “Back Together.” For Smollett, the Empire star won three awards including Outstanding New Artist.
Speaking of Empire, Fox’s popular drama series won for Outstanding Drama Series, and Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson nabbed trophies for Outstanding Actor and Actress, respectively.
Elsewhere, Latifah won an award for Outstanding Actress In a Television Movie, Miniseries Or Dramatic Special for her portrayal of Bessie Smith in the HBO biopic, Bessie.
Other winners include Pharrell Williams who nabbed the Outstanding Male Artist trophy and Tyrese who won Outstanding Music Video for “Shame.”
Finally, John Legend received the NAACP President’s Award, for his career in music and active role in community service. During his speech, the piano man acknowledged activists who are fighting for social justice.
“Despite the daunting problems, I am hopeful that our generation will demand and achieve radical change in our lifetime,” he said.
To check out the full winners list of the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards, go to naacpimageawards.net.