Jennifer Hudson brought home three awards, including Outstanding New Artist, while will.i.am walked away with two prizes, including Outstanding Song, at this year's NAACP Image Awards.
Winners of this year's NAACP Image Awards in music category have been announced during a live ceremony at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on February 12. Jennifer Hudson was the one who won big at the annual event, collecting three trophies.
Jennifer claimed her first victory as Outstanding New Artist, beating down Anthony Davis, Jazmine Sullivan, Leona Lewis and Estelle. "This is where we come from," she said when taking the stage to pick up the trophy. "So it's always an honor to come home and feel welcome and to feel the love. I really cherish this and appreciate it."
Jennifer received her two other awards; Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for her duet track "I'm His Only Woman" with Fantasia Barrino, and Outstanding Album for her self-titled debut effort. For those titles, she has successfully put aside Jordin Sparks, Ne-Yo and Kanye West among other big contenders.
Following Jennifer's domination was will.i.am, who bagged two prizes at the event. He got Outstanding Music Video for his "Yes We Can" video, which features fellow celebrities such as Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde and Jonathan Schaech. The Black Eyed Peas' member also added another prize in Outstanding Song for the same single, which was recorded to celebrate Barack Obama's presidential victory.
Aside from Jennifer Hudson and will.i.am, Beyonce Knowles and Jamie Foxx have also been announced as the musicians scooping awards at the annual event honoring the best in television, movie, and literature. Beyonce got Outstanding Female Artist, while Jamie was named Outstanding Male Artist.
Complete winners list of 2009 NAACP Image Awards in music category:
- Outstanding New Artist: Jennifer Hudson
- Outstanding Male Artist: Jamie Foxx
- Outstanding Female Artist: Beyonce Knowles
- Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: Jennifer Hudson featuring Fantasia Barrino - "I'm His Only Woman"
- Outstanding Jazz Artist: Natalie Cole - "Still Unforgettable"
- Outstanding Gospel Artist (Traditional or Contemporary): Mary Mary
- Outstanding World Music Album: Cheryl Keyes - "Let Me Take You There"
- Outstanding Music Video: will.i.am - "Yes We Can"
- Outstanding Song: will.i.am - "Yes We Can"
- Outstanding Album: Jennifer Hudson - "Jennifer Hudson"