Artists from the music world are showing their multiple sides of talent by making waves in Hollywood. Rap fans know the catalog of both Mary J. Blige and Method Man as some of the best in recent decades. Now they are taking their talents along with Jennifer Hudson, who started on American Idol for her singing, to the small and big screens.

It was in 1994 when Mary J and Method Man hit it big as a duet after making big debuts with a solo project and Wu-Tang Clan album respectively. In that year, the duo created a remix to Method Man’s already popular track called “All I Need.” With Mary J. Blige’s additions and twist on it, the track became an instant classic.

Now with fellow New York artist, 50 Cent, the two are tearing down doors in television with Power Book II: Ghost. Method Man (who played a high powered attorney) and Mary J. Blige (who played a queen drugpin) have received NAACP Image Awards for their performances on the hit television series.

Jennifer Hudson portrayed the legendary Aretha Franklin. Although there was a popular docuseries entitled Genius that was aired on National Geographic, Hudson was able to still provide an award winning performance in “Respect.” was named entertainer of the year at the 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color.

“I was just standing here thinking ‘It was here – the NAACP Awards – where I watched so many legends and icons that inspired me,” said the Oscar and Grammy winner. “Now, I’m standing here holding an award like this. It’s because of seeing the Arethas, the Patti LaBelles, the Halle Berrys, all these legends right here on this stand that inspired me.”


Will Smith won outstanding actor for playing Richard Williams, father to Serena and Venus Williams, in Warner Bros.’ King Richard. Insecure’ won outstanding comedy series and outstanding actress in a comedy series for Issa Rae.

Here’s the complete list of winners announced this week during the non-televised NAACP Image Awards.

Entertainer of the year

Jennifer Hudson *WINNER
Lil Nas X
Megan Thee Stallion
Regina King
Tiffany Haddish

Outstanding motion picture
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
“King Richard”
“The Harder They Fall” *WINNER
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”

Outstanding actor in a motion picture
Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
Jonathan Majors, “The Harder They Fall”
LaKeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Mahershala Ali, “Swan Song”
Will Smith, “King Richard” *WINNER

Outstanding actress in a motion picture
Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
Halle Berry, “Bruised”
Jennifer Hudson, “Respect” *WINNER
Tessa Thompson, “Passing”
Zendaya, “Malcolm & Marie”

Outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture
Algee Smith, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah” *WINNER
Delroy Lindo, “The Harder They Fall”
Idris Elba, “The Harder They Fall”
LaKeith Stanfield, “The Harder They Fall”

Outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture
Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard”
Audra McDonald, “Respect”
Danielle Deadwyler, “The Harder They Fall”
Dominique Fishback, “Judas and the Black Messiah”
Regina King, “The Harder They Fall” *WINNER

Outstanding animated motion picture (previously announced)
“Encanto” *WINNER
“Raya and the Last Dragon”
“Sing 2”

Outstanding comedy series
“Insecure” *WINNER
“Run the World”
“The Upshaws”

Outstanding actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish” *WINNER
Cedric the Entertainer, “The Neighborhood”
Don Cheadle, “Black Monday”
Elisha “EJ” Williams, “The Wonder Years”
Jay Ellis, “Insecure”

Outstanding actress in a comedy series
Issa Rae, “Insecure” *WINNER
Loretta Devine, “Family Reunion”
Regina Hall, “Black Monday”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”
Yvonne Orji, “Insecure”

Outstanding drama series
“All American”
“Godfather of Harlem”
“Queen Sugar” *WINNER

Outstanding actor in a drama series
Billy Porter, “Pose”
Damson Idris, “Snowfall”
Forest Whitaker, “Godfather of Harlem”
Kofi Siriboe, “Queen Sugar”
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” *WINNER

Outstanding actress in a drama series
Angela Bassett, “9-1-1” *WINNER
Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Queen Sugar”
Octavia Spencer, “Truth Be Told”
Queen Latifah, “The Equalizer”
Rutina Wesley, “Queen Sugar”

Outstanding television movie, limited-series or dramatic special (previously announced)
“Colin in Black & White” *WINNER
“Genius: Aretha”
“Love Life”
“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”
“The Underground Railroad”

Outstanding actor in a television movie, limited-series or dramatic special (previously announced)
Anthony Mackie, “Solos”
Jaden Michael, “Colin in Black & White”
Kevin Hart, “True Story” *WINNER
Wesley Snipes, “True Story”
William Jackson Harper, “Love Life”

Outstanding actress in a television movie, limited-series or dramatic special (previously announced)
Betty Gabriel, “Clickbait”
Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”
Danielle Brooks, “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”
Jodie Turner-Smith, “Anne Boleyn”
Taraji P. Henson, “Annie Live!” *WINNER

Outstanding new artist
Cynthia Erivo
Jimmie Allen
Saweetie *WINNER
Zoe Wees

Outstanding male artist
Anthony Hamilton *WINNER
J. Cole
Lil Nas X

Outstanding female artist
Ari Lennox
Jazmine Sullivan *WINNER

Outstanding album
“An Evening With Silk Sonic,” Silk Sonic
“Back of My Mind,” H.E.R.
“Certified Lover Boy,” Drake
“Heaux Tales,” Jazmine Sullivan *WINNER
“When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time,” Givēon