One of the musicians coming home victorious the 2010 NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Awards was Mary J. Blige. The singer walked home with two coveted prizes, leading winners list in the music field.
Mary won Outstanding Female Artist, beating Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Rihanna and Whitney Houston. She received her second trophy for Outstanding Album, thanks to her latest effort "Stronger With Each Tear". In this category, the singer who was absent from the February 26 gala ceremony pushed aside Jay-Z, Mariah Carey as well as Maxwell and once again blocked Alicia from taking home an award.
Though losing Outstanding Album title to Mary, Maxwell still managed to steal a prize in another category. He was named Outstanding Male Artist, winning over Anthony Hamilton, Charlie Wilson, Ne-Yo and Jay-Z. "I don't know what to say, I can't believe this," he said when accepting the award.
Other winners included Whitney Houston whose Melina Matsoukas-directed "I Look to You" video won Outstanding Music Video, Keri Hilson who picked up her first NAACP trophy as Outstanding New Artist, and Black Eyed Peas who added Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration to their awards collection.
The 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. It also recognized those working in movie, television and literature. Special honoree was Wyclef Jean who was handed Vanguard Award for his humanitarian work in Haiti. He said, "This award is for all of those people that you don't see on the ground working."