Yolanda Adams Takes Four NAACP Image Awards
Gospel singer Yolanda Adams took home four awards last night (March 1), including outstanding song for "Open My Heart," during the first phase of the 32nd annual Image Awards, presented by the NationaGospel singer Yolanda Adams took home four awards last night (March 1), including outstanding song for "Open My Heart," during the first phase of the 32nd annual Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Dozens of black entertainers, writers, musicians and others were honored in the first phase, held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The second phase, honoring those involved in film and nighttime television, will take place Saturday (March 3) and will be broadcast March 9 on Fox television. The show also will include highlights of first-phase honors.
Adams also took the Image honors for outstanding female artist, outstanding gospel artist - contemporary, and outstanding performance in a variety series/special for her appearance on the last "Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards" broadcast. It's been a busy time for the artist, who on Wednesday also won best R&B/soul single, female, at the Soul Train Awards. She is also a new mother, and will release a live album, "The Experience," May 20 via Elektra.
R. Kelly walked away with a pair of awards -- outstanding male artist and outstanding music video for "I Wish." Other Image Awards music winners were Carl Thomas, Destiny's Child, L.L. Cool J, Aaron Neville, Stevie Wonder, and the late Grover Washington Jr.
"Soul Train" host Shemar Moore was also honored, but not for his work on the long running syndicated music series. Moore was recognized for his role on the soap opera "The Young & The Restless" with the outstanding actor in a daytime drama series award.
The NAACP Image Awards honor minorities who strive for positive change through their craft, according to spokesperson Regina Jones. "Seldom are they recognized outside their own community for their superior accomplishments, and this is our way of giving them the honors they deserve," she said.
Here are the NAACP Image Awards music winners:
Outstanding new artist: Carl Thomas, "Emotional."
Outstanding male artist: R. Kelly, "I Wish."
Outstanding female artist: Yolanda Adams, "Open My Heart."
Outstanding duo or group: Destiny's Child, "Say My Name."
Outstanding hip-hop/rap artist: LL Cool J, "G.O.A.T."
Outstanding jazz artist: Grover Washington Jr., "The Best of Grover Washington Jr."
Outstanding gospel artist - traditional: Aaron Neville, "Mary Don't You Weep."
Outstanding gospel artist - contemporary: Yolanda Adams, "Open My Heart."
Outstanding music video: R. Kelly, "I Wish."
Outstanding song: Yolanda Adams, "Open My Heart."
Outstanding album: Stevie Wonder, "At the Close of the Century."
Outstanding performance in a variety series/special: Yolanda Adams, "Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards."
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