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Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) have a meeting in the "Sins of the Father" episode of "Empire" on FOX. 

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Anthony Anderson hosted the NAACP Image Awards show on Feb. 5, airing on TV One, honoring performers in film and TV, with previous awards presented on Feb. 4 for achievement in music, literature and animation.

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During the awards show, NAACP president Cornell William Brooks presented John Legend with the President's Award for his public service. Performers took the stage to sing Legend's "Ordinary People" and Oscar-winning song "Glory" from Selma.

Legend accepted the award after singing his hit "All of Me," thanking his team, his wife Chrissy Teigen and the NAACP.

"We know that we stand on the shoulders of giants who risked their lives to bring us closer to true freedom," Legend said. "And of course, we are still fighting for freedom," he added, noting police injustice, before sending out an inspiring and positive message. "I'm hopeful that our generation will demand and achieve radical change in our lifetime."

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"Our lives should, indeed, matter just as much as anyone else's," he said. "Fighting for justice isn't an act of hate, it's an act of love. So let's spread love, let's make the world a more beautiful and just place. We have so much opportunity, let's not waste it."

NAACP Chairwoman Rosyln Brock also presented the annual Chairman’s Award to several recipients, including: Brittany “Bree” Newsome; Justice League NYC; Concerned Student 1950 Collective at the University of Missouri, Columbia; The University of Mississippi NAACP College Chapter; Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III; Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley; Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, and Jussie Smollett.

Entertainer of the Year

Michael B. Jordan ***WINNER
Misty Copeland
Pharrell Williams
Shonda Rhimes
Viola Davis

 

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture

Straight Outta Compton (Universal) ***WINNER
Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)
Concussion (Sony)
Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Dope (Open Road Films)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Michael B. Jordan, Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) ***WINNER
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Secret in Their Eyes (STX)
Michael Ealy, The Perfect Guy (Screen Gems)
Will Smith, Concussion (Sony)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy (Screen Gems) *** WINNER
Lauren Keke Palmer, Brotherly Love (Flavor Unit)
Teyonah Parris, Chi-Raq (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
Viola Davis, Lila and Eve (Samuel Goldwyn)
Zoe Saldana, Infinitely Polar Bear (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

O'Shea Jackson Jr., Straight Outta Compton (Universal) ***WINNER
Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Martian (Fox)
Corey Hawkins, Straight Outta Compton (Universal)
Forest Whitaker, Southpaw (The Weinstein Company)
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Phylicia Rashad, Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) ***WINNER
Angela Bassett, Chi-Raq (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Concussion (Sony)
Jennifer Hudson, Chi-Raq (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
Tessa Thompson, Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

Beasts of No Nation (Netflix) ***WINNER
Brotherly Love (Flavor Unit)
Chi-Raq (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)
Infinitely Polar Bear (Sony Pictures Classics)
Secret in Their Eyes (STX)

 

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (PBS Distribution/Firelight Films) ***WINNER
Amy (A24)
Dreamcatcher (Rise Films, Green Acres Films & Vixen Films in association with Impact Partners and Artemis Rising Foundation)
In My Fathers House (Break Thru Films)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (A Radical Media Production in Association with Moxie Firecracker for Netflix)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ (BET) ***WINNER
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (PBS)
Belief (OWN)
Kareem: Minority of One (HBO)
Light Girls (OWN)

 

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series

black-ish (ABC) ***WINNER
House of Lies (Showtime)
Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Survivor's Remorse (Starz)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC) ***WINNER
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)
Dwayne Johnson, Ballers (HBO)
RonReaco Lee, Survivor's Remorse (Starz)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC) *** WINNER
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Loretta Devine, The Carmichael Show (NBC)
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Wendy Raquel Robinson, The Game (BET)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Mike Epps, Survivor's Remorse (Starz) ***WINNER
David Alan Grier, The Carmichael Show (NBC)
Laurence Fishburne, black-ish (ABC)
Miles Brown, black-ish (ABC)
Terry Crews, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin, black-ish (ABC) ***WINNER
Anna Deavere Smith, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Danielle Brooks, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Tichina Arnold, Survivor's Remorse (Starz)

Outstanding Drama Series

Empire (Fox) ***WINNER
Being Mary Jane (BET)
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Power (Starz)
Scandal (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Terrence Howard, Empire (Fox) ***WINNER
LL Cool J, NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Morris Chestnut, Rosewood (Fox)
Omari Hardwick, Power (Starz)
Wesley Snipes, The Player (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox) *** WINNER
Gabrielle Union, Being Mary Jane (BET)
Kerry Washington, Scandal (ABC)
Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Joe Morton, Scandal (ABC) ***WINNER
Alfred Enoch, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Bryshere Y. Gray, Empire (Fox)
Guillermo Diaz, Scandal (ABC)
Jussie Smollett, Empire (Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Regina King, American Crime (ABC) ***WINNER
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead (AMC)
Grace Gealey, Empire (Fox)
Naturi Naughton, Power (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special

The Wiz Live! (NBC) ***WINNER
American Crime (ABC)
Bessie (HBO)
Luther (BBC America)
The Book of Negroes (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special

David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live! (NBC) ***WINNER
Cuba Gooding, The Book of Negroes (BET)
David Oyelowo, Nightingale (HBO)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special

Queen Latifah, Bessie (HBO) ***WINNER
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Hotel (FX Networks)
Aunjanue Ellis, The Book of Negroes (BET)
Jill Scott, With This Ring (Lifetime)
LaTonya Richardson Jackson, Show Me a Hero (HBO)

Outstanding News/ Information (Series or Special)

Unsung (TV One) ***WINNER
Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm (ABC)
News One Now (TV One)
Oprah Prime: Celebrating Dr. King and the Selma Marches 50 Years Later (OWN)
Oprah: Where Are They Now? — Civil Rights Special (OWN)

Outstanding Talk Series

The Talk (CBS) ***WINNER
Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)
Steve Harvey (Syndicated)
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
The Wendy Williams Show (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series

Welcome to Sweetie Pies (OWN) ***WINNER
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
Shark Tank (ABC)
The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

Family Feud (Syndicated) ***WINNER
lack Girls Rock! (BET)
Oprah's Master Class (OWN)
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Children’s Program

Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior) ***WINNER
Dora and Friends (Nickelodeon)
K.C. Undercover (Disney Channel)
Little Ballers (Nickelodeon)
Project MC2 (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Miniseries)

Marcus Scribner, black-ish (ABC) ***WINNER
Hudson Yang, Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
Marsai Martin, black-ish (ABC)
Miles Brown, black-ish (ABC)
Skai Jackson, Jessie (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) -- Individual

Steve Harvey, Family Feud (Syndicated) ***WINNER
Melissa Harris-Perry, Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)
Bryant Gumbel, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Larry Wilmore, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central)

 

WRITING

 Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Kenya M. Barris, black-ish — "The Word" (ABC) ***WINNER
Alan Yang, Aziz Ansari, Master of None — "Parents" (Netflix)
Jennie Snyder Urman, Jane the Virgin — "Chapter Twenty-Three" (The CW)
Jill Soloway, Transparent — "Kina Hora" (Amazon Video)
Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Martel, Ian Roberts, Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Augusta Jackson, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders, Rich Talarico, Key & Peele — "Y'all Ready For This?" (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Mara Brock Akil, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff, Being Mary Jane — "Sparrow" (BET) ***WINNER
Erika Green Swafford, Doug Stockstill, How to Get Away with Murder — "Mama's Here Now" (ABC)
John Ridley, American Crime — "Episode 1" (ABC)
LaToya Morgan, Turn: Washington's Spies — "False Flag" (AMC)
Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Empire — "Pilot" (Fox)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes (BET) ***WINNER
Dee Rees, Bessie (HBO)
Michael S. Bandy, Eric Stein, White Water (TV One)
Nzingha Stewart, With This Ring (Lifetime)
Shem Bitterman, Whitney (Lifetime)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) ***WINNER
Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, Straight Outta Compton (Universal)
Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois, Grant Thompson, McFarland USA (Walt Disney)
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Inside Out (Disney/Pixar)
Rick Famuyiwa, Dope (Open Road Films)

 

DIRECTING

 Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Don Cheadle, House of Lies — "The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule" (Showtime) ***WINNER
Aziz Ansari, Master of None — "Parents" (Netflix)
Brad Silberling, Jane the Virgin — "Chapter Twenty-Three" (The CW)
Peter Atencio, Key & Peele — "The End" (Comedy Central)
Stan Lathan, Real Husbands of Hollywood — "Cabin Pressure" (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

John Ridley, American Crime — "Episode 1" (ABC) ***WINNER
Ernest Dickerson, Hand of God — "Welcome the Stranger" (Amazon Video)
Lee Daniels, Empire — "Pilot" (Fox)
Millicent Shelton, American Crime — "Episode Ten" (ABC)
Salim Akil, Being Mary Jane — "Sparrow" (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

Dee Rees, Bessie (HBO) ***WINNER
Christine Swanson, For the Love of Ruth (TV One)
Nzingha Stewart, With This Ring (Lifetime)
Rusty Cundieff, White Water (TV One)
Salim Akil, The Start Up (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)

Ryan Coogler, Creed (Warner Bros./Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) ***WINNER
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Fox Searchlight/Rhode Island Ave)
Charles Stone, III, Lila and Eve (Samuel Goldwyn)
F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton (Universal)
Rick Famuyiwa, Dope (Open Road Films)

 

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)

Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins (Disney Channel) ***WINNER
Aisha Tyler, Archer (FX Networks)
Audra McDonald, Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
Jeffrey Wright, The Good Dinosaur (Disney/Pixar)
Wanda Sykes, Penn Zero (Disney XD)

 

RECORDING

 Outstanding New Artist

Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records) ***WINNER
Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records)
Judith Hill (NPG Records)
The Weeknd (Republic Records)
Yazz (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/I Am Other) ***WINNER
Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope)
The Weeknd (Republic Records)
Tyrese Gibson (Recordz)

Outstanding Female Artist

Jill Scott (Atlantic Records) ***WINNER
Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)
Lalah Hathaway (Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One)
Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

"Conqueror" — Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records) ***WINNER
"Hamilton: An American Musical" — Original Broadway Cast (Atlantic Records)
"No Sleeep" — Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
"One Man Can Change the World" — Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings)
"Sound & Color" — Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album

Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4, Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy Recordings) ***WINNER
BrotherLEE Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan, Terell Stafford Quintet (Capri Records)
Dee Dee's Feathers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Okeh)
The Complete Concert By the Sea, Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings/Octave Music Publishing Corporation)
The Epic, Kamasi Washington (Brainfeeder)

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

It's Personal, Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative) ***WINNER
A Different Place, Kim Burrell (Shanachie Entertainment)
Losing My Religion, Kirk Franklin (RCA Inspiration)
The Gospel According to Jazz — Chapter IV, Kirk Whalum (Mack Avenue Records, Rendezvous, Top Drawer Records)
You Shall Live, Marvin Sapp (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video

"Shame" — Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz) ***WINNER
"Can't Feel My Face" — The Weeknd (Republic Records)
"Freedom" — Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/I Am Other)
"No Sleeep" — Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
"Sound & Color" — Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Song (Traditional)

"Back Together" — Jill Scott (Atlantic Records) ***WINNER
"Everytime I'm With You" — Seal (Reprise Records)
"Feeling Good" — Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)
"Goodnight Kisses" — Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
"Let It Burn" — Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album

Woman, Jill Scott (Atlantic Records) ***WINNER
Beauty Behind the Madness, The Weeknd (Republic Records)
Empire (Original Soundtrack From Season One), Empire Cast (Columbia Records)
Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
Unbreakable, Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

Outstanding Song (Contemporary)

"You're So Beautiful" — Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records) ***WINNER
"Conqueror" — Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)
"Freedom" — Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/I Am Other)
"No Sleeep" — Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
"Unbreakable" — Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)

 

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction)

Stand Your Ground, Victoria Christopher Murrary (Touchstone) ***WINNER
Driving the King, Ravi Howard (HarperCollins/Harper)
Ghost Summer: Stories, Tananarive Due (Prime Books)
Mama's Boy, ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)
Under the Udala Trees, Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work (Non-Fiction)

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk (HarperCollins/Amistad) ***WINNER
50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Kathey Porter (Author), Andrea Hoffman (Author), (Palgrave Macmillan)
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, Jill Leovy (Spiegel & Grau)
SHOWDOWN: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America, Wil Haygood (Alfred A. Knopf)
The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander (Grand Central Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work (Debut Author)

The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown & Company) ***WINNER
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel &Grau)
The Star Side of Bird Hill, Naomi Jackson (Penguin Press)
The Turner House, Angela Flournoy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play and the City That Could Not Be Broken, Wendell Pierce (Author), Rod Dreher (Author), (Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work (Biography/ Auto-Biography)

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau) ***WINNER
After the Dance: My Life With Marvin Gaye, Jan Gaye (Author), David Ritz (With), (HarperCollins/Amistad)
One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York, Arthur Browne (Beacon Press)
Power Forward: My Presidential Education, Reggie Love (Simon & Schuster)
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, Shonda Rhimes (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work (Instructional)

Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family, Alice Randall (Author), Caroline Randall Williams (Author), (Clarkson Potter) ***WINNER
Big Words to Little Me: Tips and Advice for the Younger Self, Sakina Ibrahim (Author), Jessie Lee (With), (Createspace (Self published))
Free Your Mind: An African-American Guide to Meditation and Freedom, Cortez R. Rainey (CreateSpace)
Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories, Jocelyn Delk Adams (Agate Surrey)
Keep Calm ... It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home, Egypt Sherrod (Perseus/Running Press)

Outstanding Literary Work (Poetry)

How to Be Drawn, Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books / Penguin Random House) ***WINNER
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Ross Gay (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Reconnaissance, Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Redbone, Mahogany L. Browne (Willow Books)
Wild Hundreds, Nate Marshall (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Outstanding Literary Work (Children)

Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Jamey Christoph (Illustrator), (Albert Whitman & Company) ***WINNER
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts, Nikki Grimes (Author), Michele Wood (Illustrator), (Orchard Books / Scholastic)
Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box, Michael S. Bandy (Author), Eric Stein (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator), (Candlewick Press)
If You Plant a Seed, Kadir Nelson (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
New Shoes, Susan Lynn Meyer (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator), (Holiday House)
Outstanding Literary Work (Youth/Teens)

X: A Novel, Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), Kekla Magoon (With), (Candlewick Press) ***WINNER
Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound, Andrea Davis Pinkney (Roaring Brook Press)
Stella by Starlight, Sharon Draper (Simon & Schuster)
Untwine, Edwidge Danticat (Scholastic Press)
You Are Wonderfully Made: 12 Life-Changing Principles for Teen Girls to Embrace, Gwen Richardson (Author), Sylvia Daye Richardson (Author), (Cushcity Communications)

This article originally appeared in THR.com.