Usher and 'Color Purple' Take Top Honors at the 55th NAACP Image Awards

Published March 17, 2024

In a glitzy event on Saturday night, the 55th annual NAACP Image Awards celebrated the achievements of artists and creators of color, with Usher taking home the night's top honor as entertainer of the year. The festivities took place at the renowned Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Usher's Triumphant Night

Giving thanks for a three-decade-long illustrious career, Usher, after being handed the award, reflected on recent milestones such as his Las Vegas residency, his ninth album release, getting married, and delivering a historic Super Bowl halftime show. Competing against a roster of talented nominees, including Colman Domingo, Fantasia Barrino, Halle Bailey, and Keke Palmer, Usher emerged victorious and expressed his gratitude to those who supported him throughout his journey, dedicating his triumph to his fans.

Fantasia Barrino and 'The Color Purple' Share the Spotlight

The NAACP Image Awards also shone a light on the motion picture 'The Color Purple', which clinched the best picture. Fantasia Barrino, who took on the challenging role of Celie, won best actress for her poignant performance, acknowledging her initial apprehension and the communal impact of the film. Alongside Barrino, prestigious accolades were bestowed upon Taraji P. Henson and Colman Domingo for their supportive roles in the acclaimed movie.

Awarding Excellence and Perseverance

Usher was also recognized with the President's Award for his contributions through his New Look Foundation, praising the influential women in his life for their unwavering support. The NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame inducted New Edition, celebrating their legacy and enduring brotherhood despite past hardships. Queen Latifah hosted the ceremony, encapsulating the spirit of community and progress that defines the NAACP Image Awards.

Notable Performances and Achievements

Other winners of the night included Damson Idris, awarded best actor in a drama series for 'Snowfall,' and 'The Color Purple's Colman Domingo, who also took home best actor for his performance in 'Rustin.'

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