Moving tribute to Whitney Houston at NAACP Image Awards

By Admin Tuesday February 21 2012 in International News
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.: The winners of the “43RD NAACP Image Awards” were announced during the live broadcast from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium which aired February 17 on NBC.


The two-hour live special was hosted by Sanaa Latham (“Contagion”) and Anthony Mackie (“Hurt Locker,” “Adjustment Bureau”). Some of the biggest names in film, television and music appeared including LL Cool J, Paula Patton, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, Jordin Sparks, Russell Hornsby, Keke Palmer, Corey Reynolds, Judge Greg Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Archie Panjabi and Hill Harper with performances by Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Jill Scott, Kirk Franklin and Ne-Yo. In addition, there was a moving tribute for Whitney Houston performed by Yolanda Adams.


George Lucas received the NAACP Vanguard Award, Radio One/TV One Founder Cathy Hughes received the NAACP Chairman’s Award and The Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association received the NAACP President’s Award.


The 43rd Image Awards winners are:


Outstanding Comedy Series

“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”



Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Malcolm-Jamal Warner –

“Reed Between the Lines”



Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross

“Reed Between the Lines”



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Nick Cannon

“Up All Night”



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Keshia Knight Pulliam

“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”



Outstanding Drama Series

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”



Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

LL Cool J

“NCIS: Los Angeles”



Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Regina King




Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

James Pickens, Jr.

“Grey’s Anatomy”



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Archie Panjabi –

“The Good Wife”



Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special




Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Laurence Fishburne –




Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Taraji P. Henson

“Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”



Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series

Emerson Brooks –

“All My Children”



Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

Tatyana Ali

“The Young and the Restless”



Outstanding News/Information Series or Special


(TV One)


Outstanding Talk Series

“Oprah’s Lifeclass”

(OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)


Outstanding Reality Series

“Dancing with the Stars”



Outstanding Variety Series or Special

“Oprah Presents: Master Class”

(OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)


Outstanding Children’s Program

“I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View”



Outstanding Performance in aYouth/Children’s Program

Series or Special

Keke Palmer

“True Jackson, VP”



Outstanding New Artist

Diggy Simmons

(Atlantic Records)


Outstanding Male Artist

Cee Lo Green

(Elektra Records)


Outstanding Female Artist

Jill Scott

(Warner Bros. Records)


Outstanding Duo or Group or Collaboration

Mary J. Blige feat. Drake



Outstanding Jazz Album

“Guitar Man” –

George Benson

(Concord Jazz)


Outstanding Gospel Album – Traditional or Contemporary

“Hello Fear” –

Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)


Outstanding World Music Album

“Sounds of Blackness”

Sounds of Blackness

(Malaco Music Group)


Outstanding Music Video

“Where You At” –

Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)


Outstanding Song

“I Smile” –

Kirk Franklin (Verity Gospel Music Group)


Outstanding Album

“I Remember Me” –

Jennifer Hudson (Arista Records)


Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

“Say Amen, Again” –

Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books)


Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

“The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place”

Hill Harper (Gotham Books)


Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“The Strawberry Letter” –

Lyah Le Flore (Ballantine/Random House)


Outstanding Literary Work –Biography/Auto-Biography

“My Song” –

Harry Belafonte (Knopf)


Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

“The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God” –

T.D. Jakes

(Atria Books)


Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems” –

James Golden (iUniverse)


Outstanding Literary Work – Children

“You Can Be A Friend”

Tony Dungy(Author), Ron Mazellan (Illustrator)

(Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing – Little Simon)


Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Jesse Owens: “I Always Loved Running””

Jeff Burlingame (Enslow Publishers, Inc.)


Outstanding Motion Picture

“The Help”

(DreamWorks Pictures/Touchstone Pictures)


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Laz Alonso –

“Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)


Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Viola Davis

“The Help”

(DreamWorks Pictures/Touchstone Pictures)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Mike Epps

“Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Octavia Spencer

“The Help”

(DreamWorks Pictures/Touchstone Pictures)


Outstanding Independent Motion Picture


(Focus Features)


Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture

“In The Land of Blood and Honey”



Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)

“Sing Your Song”

(HBO Documentary Films)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil

“The Game” Parachutes….Beach Chairs



Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

Lolis Eric Elie –

“Treme” – Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues? (HBO)


Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)

Ann Peacock – “The First Grader”

(National Geographic Entertainment)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Leonard R. Garner Jr.

“Rules of Engagement” – The Set Up



Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

Ernest Dickerson

“Treme” –Do Watcha Wanna



Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)

Salim Akil

“Jumping the Broom”


The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of colour in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honours individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavours. Event sponsors include UAW/Chrysler, AARP, FedEx, Hyundai, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Walgreens, Bank of America, AT&T, American Airlines and Cadillac.


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


For all information and latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at


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