It was a night of #BlackExcellence and political empowerment yesterday at the 49th NAACP Image Awards. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the evening honored black achievements in the fields of literature, film, music and television. In addition to Jordan Peele, Octavia Spencer, Idris Elba, Girls Trip and Black-ish all taking home top honors, the Image Awards also shone a spotlight on a tremendous year in black music.
Kendrick Lamar lead his peers and brought home the largest number of awards, namely, Best Album (DAMN), Best Song (“Humble”), and Best Collaboration (“Loyalty,” featuring Rihanna). Bruno Mars was close behind, receiving Best Male Artist and Best Music Video (“That’s What I Like”) honors. SZA took home Best New Artist, and Mary J. Blige won Best Female Artist. Music documentary series Unsung was honored with Outstanding News/Information Series.