55th NAACP Image Awards: Usher, Fantasia Barrino, 'Color Purple' honored at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles

Usher, Fantasia Barrino, and ‘Color Purple’ Shine at 55th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, Usher was celebrated as the entertainer of the year at the 55th NAACP Awards. The event shone a spotlight on the achievements of entertainers and writers of color.

Upon receiving his award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Usher expressed his gratitude for a successful career spanning three decades. He shared highlights of his recent achievements, including his sold-out Las Vegas residency, his marriage, the release of his ninth studio album “Coming Home,” and his historic Super Bowl halftime show performance, which set a record for viewership.

Usher triumphed over notable contenders such as Colman Domingo, Fantasia Barrino, Halle Bailey, and Keke Palmer. The multi-Grammy winner, honored by Oprah Winfrey, reflected on the volume of his accomplishments, thanking his supporters for their unwavering faith in him.

Dedicating his award to his fans, Usher echoed the sentiment of his song “Superstar” from his 2024 album “Confessions,” which has sold over 10 million units in the U.S. Earlier in the evening, Usher received the President’s Award for his public service efforts through his New Look Foundation, acknowledging the influential women in his life, including his mother and wife Jenn Goicoechea.

He highlighted the importance of strong women in a man’s life. Queen Latifah hosted the live awards ceremony on BET, where “The Color Purple” was named the best motion picture. The film boasted a stellar cast, including Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Domingo, H.E.R., Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, and Bailey.

Barrino, who portrayed Celie in the film, won best actress in a motion picture. She shared her initial fears of playing Celie and her joy in ultimately accepting the role, emphasizing the impact of the film on its audience.

New Edition was honored with an induction into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, recognizing their pioneering contributions to music and their lasting influence on the industry. Michael Bivins, alongside his group members, spoke of their journey from conflict to unity, highlighting their close-knit relationship and ongoing growth.

Damson Idris was awarded best actor in a drama television series for “Snowfall,” while Henson and Domingo received accolades for their supporting roles in “The Color Purple,” with Domingo also winning best actor in a motion picture for “Rustin.”