Lizzo Wins Entertainer Of The Year At NAACP Image Awards
“I just want to shout out all of the big black girls that I bring on the stage with me. I do that because I want them to know that they are the trophies,” said Lizzo in her acceptance speech for Entertainer of the Year. “Every last one of you, you are the award, we are so special, we are such a beautiful people.”
Other nominees for Entertainer of the Year included Billy Porter, Regina King, Tyler Perry, and Angela Bassett. Lizzo called out to Bassett in her speech saying, “I got to meet all of my heroes tonight in this room, Miss Angela Bassett. Thank you for this award, it says that I’m the entertainer of the year, but you are the entertainer. Period.”
Lizzo was also named Entertainer of the Year by Time in December.
Rihanna won the President’s Award at the ceremony.
“We can only fix this world together. We can’t do it divided, I cannot emphasize that enough.” she said in her moving acceptance speech. “We cannot let the desensitivity seep in.”
“From her business achievements through Fenty to her tremendous record as an activist and philanthropist, Rihanna epitomizes the type of character, grace, and devotion to justice that we seek to highlight in our President’s Award,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson in a statement.
Just Mercy won four awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, for Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of the real life lawyer Bryan Stevenson; and Best Supporting Actor for Jamie Foxx‘s portrayal of his client, Walter McMillan. The movie follows the struggle Stevenson faces defending McMillan from the death penalty, despite evidence that proves his innocence.
Watch Lizzo and Rihanna and Michael B. Jordan’s acceptance speeches below: