Jill Scott, Empire’s Jussie Smollett and Pharrell Williams claimed major wins at the 47th NAACP Image Awards' pre-show gala dinner on Thursday night. Held at the Pasadena Conference Center, the celebration feted winners in recorded music as well as 44 other categories.
Both Scott and Smollett took home three awards. In addition to outstanding female artist, Scott won trophies for best outstanding traditional song (“Back Together”) and outstanding album (Woman). Named outstanding new artist, Smollett also shared wins with the Empire cast for outstanding duo, group or collaboration with Estelle (“Conqueror”) and outstanding contemporary song with Yazz (“You’re So Beautiful”). Additional recording category winners included Pharrell Williams for outstanding male artist, Tyrese Gibson for outstanding music video (“Shame”), Miles Davis for outstanding jazz album (Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4) and Tina Campbell for outstanding traditional/contemporary gospel album (It’s Personal).
Among others joining the winners’ circle: Queen Latifah for outstanding actress in a television movie, mini-series or dramatic special (Bessie), O’Shea Jackson Jr. for outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture (Straight Outta Compton) and The Wiz Live! for outstanding television movie, mini-series or dramatic special. A complete list of last night’s winners is available at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.
The 47th NAACP Image Awards will announce the winners in its 10 remaining categories tonight (2/5) during a two-hour live telecast on TV One (9 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed). Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the ceremony will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.