2010 NAACP Awards

2010 NAACP Awards
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 26, 2010

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Taraji P. Henson arrives, elegantly, on the carpet.

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Anika Noni Rose arrives on the red carpet. She shared co-hosting duties with fellow nominee, Hill Harper.

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Nominee KeKe Palmer arrives in style in this yellow, off-the-shoulder gown.

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Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture nominees Sandra Bullock and Gabourey Sidibe pose together on the red carpet at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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“Southland’s” Regina King stops to smile on her way down the red carpet.

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Keri Hilson takes her place on the red carpet at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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“Precious” co-star, Sherri Shepherd, arrives at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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John Legend arrives on the carpet with his lovely girlfriend.

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Raven-Symone’ takes a moment to pose as she arrives at the Image Awards.

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Actor Bryton McClure poses alongside Tatyana Ali and Tonya Lee Williams on the red carpet.

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Always with a smile, Amber Riley stops for a photo on the red carpe.

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As usual, Eva Marcille caused a stir on the red carpet when she arrived in this fabulous, flowing gown. She rarely disappoints.

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Gabrielle Union serves up 70s-style fashion at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Actress Katerina Graham arrives at the Image Awards

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Co-host Hill Harper addresses the crowd at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Young actress KeKe Palmer was absolutely thrilled to win the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program. Palmer is a favorite among our youth for her work on Nickelodeon’s hit series, “True Jackson, VP.”

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Lance Gross happily accepts his Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” The TNT sitcom was also named Outstanding Comedy Series.

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Keri Hilson holds tight to her Best New Artist statue at the 41st Annual NAACP Awards ceremony.

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Cicely Tyson embraces Tyler Perry as he is presented with the Chairman’s Award for his artistic achievements.

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Writer/producer/director/actor Tyler Perry took the stage to accept the Chairman’s Award from the NAACP.

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epsi We Inspire icons Taraji P. Henson who represents LOVE and Raven Symone, LAUGHTER joined by Gabby Sidibe beaming with pride at the 2010 NAACP Awards.

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Jurnee Smollett and Tichina Arnold flank nominee, Paula Patton, during a backstage photo op at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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The entire audience rose to their feet when Maxwell stepped to the stage to accept the Outstanding Male Artist Award.

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Morgan Freeman was both surprised and thankful to be awarded the Outstanding Actor in a Motion PIcture honors from the NAACP.

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Lee Daniels addresses the crowd as he accepts the Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Award for his work on “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire.”

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Jill Scott sings from her soul in honor of Wyclef Jean who was later presented with NAACP/Ford Vanguard Award.

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“Precious” co-stars (and winners!) Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique pose for a shot in the audience at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Lenny Kravitz and LL Cool J acknowledge one another backstage during the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Funnymen Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock take a moment for a backstage photo at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Mo’Nique accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Image Award and thanks her cast, crew and husband. She also earned top honors for Outstanding Talk Show for her self-titled, late-night talk show.

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Two decades after he got his start in the “House Party” film franchise, actor Darryl “Chill” Mitchell was humbled and honored to accept the Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for his work on “Brothers.”

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We’re not too sure who grabbed who first, but Sidibe received special congrats from Chris Rock, who presented her with her Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Award.

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Actress Gabourey Sidibe was greeted with a warm reception as she graciously accepted her Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

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Flanked by his cast and crew, director Lee Daniels addressed the crowd after his film, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” earned top honors in the Outstanding Motion Picture Category.