Image Awards Honor Foxx, Keys, Carey

Jamie Foxx's quest for musical stardom got a boost last night (Feb. 25) at the 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, where the Oscar-winning actor was picked as best male musical artist. Alic

Jamie Foxx's quest for musical stardom got a boost last night (Feb. 25) at the 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, where the Oscar-winning actor was picked as best male musical artist.

"It's good to be surrounded by black folks," Foxx said at the event, which honored black artists in movies, television, music and literature. "Black folks are music."

Foxx, who received an Oscar last year for portraying Ray Charles in the movie "Ray," saw his album, "Unpredictable" (J Records), top The Billboard 200 in January.

Foxx said after the show, which was taped for March 3 broadcast on Fox, that music was "what I always wanted to do."

Alicia Keys, who tied Mariah Carey for Image Award nominations with four, took home three awards: top female musical artist, top song and video awards for "Unbreakable" (J Records). Carey won the best album trophy for the "Emancipation of Mimi" (Island Def Jam).

Carlos Santana, who performed at the show, received the NAACP Hall of Fame Award while the Neville Brothers received the Chairman's Award.

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