Check out the amazing red carpet moments at the NAACP Awards

Francis Akhalbey Feb 24, 2020 at 09:30am

February 24, 2020 at 09:30 am | Fashion Finds

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

February 24, 2020 at 09:30 am | Fashion Finds

Rihanna -- Photo Credit: Robin L. Marshall, Getty Images for BET

The 51st NAACP Image Awards took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday in Pasadena, California.

Broadcasted live on BET, the event saw some of our favorite black celebrities being awarded for their immense contributions in their various fields as well as philanthropy.

Notable highlights of the night included multi-platinum selling Bajan singer turned business mogul, Rihanna, receiving the President’s Award for her charitable efforts as well as Lizzo taking home the Entertainer of the Year award.

Iconic civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis was also honored with the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

In what was a very inspirational speech, Rihanna, whose outstanding global philanthropic efforts cannot be overestimated, called for unity.

“I’m lucky I was able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. And if there’s any thing that I’ve learned is that we can only fix this world together. We can’t do it divided. I cannot emphasize that enough. We can’t let the de-sensitivity seep in. The, ‘If it’s your problem, then it’s not mine; It’s a woman’s problem; It’s a black people problem; It’s a poor people problem,’” she said.

As one of the most popular awards shows celebrating black excellence, the event’s red carpet was blessed with an elegant display of pomp and pageantry as our favorite black celebrities stepped out in style.

Take a look at some of our favorite below:

Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish — Photo Credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx — Photo Credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage
Lizzo
Lizzo — Photo Credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage
Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross — Photo Credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan — Photo Credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage
Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo — Photo Credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage
Ryan Michelle Bathé and Sterling K. Brown
Ryan Michelle Bathé and Sterling K. Brown — Photo Credit: Leon Bennett, Getty Images for BET
Marsai Martin
Marsai Martin — Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe — Photo Credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage
Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett — Photo Credit: Steve Granitz, WireImage

Check out some of the other notable awardees below:

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Marsai Martin – “black-ish”

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

Jharrel Jerome – “When They See Us”

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

Niecy Nash – “When They See Us” 

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) — Individual or Ensemble

Jada Pinkett Smith – “Red Table Talk”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish”

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Angela Bassett – “9-1-1”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Omari Hardwick – “Power”

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series

Kelly Rowland – “American Soul”

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Michael B. Jordan – “Just Mercy”

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Lupita Nyong’o – “Us”

You can check the complete list of winners here.

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