Usher, Fantasia Barrino, ‘Color Purple’ honored at 55th NAACP Image Awards

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Los Angeles (AP) – assistant teacher was named Entertainer of the Year at the 55th annual NAACP Awards on Saturday night, which highlights the work of entertainers and writers of color.

After Usher accepted his award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the superstar R&B singer spoke about being grateful for his successful career journey that has spanned three decades.

He reminisced about some of his recent big moments, including his sold-out residency in Las Vegas, getting marriedReleasing their ninth studio album “Coming Home” and super bowl halftime performanceWhich became the most watched game in the history of the game.

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The multi-Grammy winner, who was presented the award by Oprah Winfrey, said, “I don’t know how many people put in so much work in one setting.” After being surprised by Winfrey’s appearance, he thanked those who have supported him over the years.

“This is for you, you, my number ones,” the singer said as the audience repeated his words. The final words of his speech were lyrics from the popular song “Superstar” from his 2024 album “Confessions,” which has sold over 10 million units in the US.

Earlier at the ceremony, Usher was honored with the President’s Award for the Singer’s Public Service Achievements New Look Foundation, He thanked the strong women in his life, including his mother and wife Jen Goicoechea, whom he married after the Super Bowl halftime performance last month.

“Every strong man has a strong woman behind him or beside him or with him,” he said.

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“The Color Purple” was awarded Best Motion Picture. This musical film featured many stars including Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, domingo, His, Danielle BrooksCorey Hawkins and Bailey.

Barrino, who played Celie in the film, won the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture.

“I didn’t prepare a speech because I didn’t think I was going to win,” the singer-actor said. “I was scared to play Celie, but I’m so glad I did. Because I kept saying ‘If I don’t win any awards, the awards I win will come from the people who saw ‘The Color Purple’ and the women who will relate to it and when they come out it will feel like an Oscar.”

new version Was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. This induction is given to individuals who are considered leaders in their respective fields and whose influence has shaped their profession.

“We stand here in brotherhood,” Michael Bivins said, as members of his group followed him. The Grammy-nominated group consists of Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe and Ricky Bell.

“You have seen our story. You know what we’ve been through,” said Bivins, who talked about the group’s journey from overcoming struggles and stress in its early years to now organizing. Residence In Las Vegas.

“But we call each other every day,” he added. “We message each other every day. We check on our families. You watched us grow up. We are still growing.”

Damson Idris won Best Actor in a Drama Television Series for his role in “Snowfall”. Henson and Domingo won Best Supporting Roles in “The Color Purple”. Domingo also won Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in “Rustin”.

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