Beyoncé delighted to win entertainer of year

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Beyoncé delighted to win entertainer of year


Happy: Beyoncé salutes the audience after picking up her gong at the NAACP Image Awards. Photo: Reuters
Happy: Beyoncé salutes the audience after picking up her gong at the NAACP Image Awards. Photo: Reuters

Beyoncé was named entertainer of the year at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of colour.

After Beyoncé accepted the award, the superstar paid homage to the people who were nominated in the same category as her. She beat Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, actor/director Regina King, actor Chadwick Boseman and director Ryan Coogler.

Beyoncé said: “I’m honoured to be included among all of you, and to be a part of a vital and thriving community.”

The singer released a joint album last year with her husband, Jay-Z, called ‘Everything is Love’. The prolific star also paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities, as well as the dance troupes and step teams, during her groundbreaking two-hour Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival performance.

She also performed ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’, which is known as the national black anthem, at the festival and donated $100,000 (€89,000) to four black universities shortly after her performance.

Jay-Z received the President’s Award for the rapper’s public service achievements.

‘Black Panther’ won best picture. The Marvel hit beat out ‘BlacKkKlansman’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ and ‘The Hate U Give’. Donald Glover, who won four Grammys this year, won for his directing on ‘Atlanta’. His alter-ego Childish Gambino’s song ‘This is America’ won for best music video.

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Irish Independent

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