But from the red carpet to the stage to the press rooms, most of the talk was of Whitney and her impact on our lives culturally and individually. Jill Scott's heartfelt "So Blessed" performance and Yolanda Adams moving rendition of Whitney's "I Love The Lord" expressed the shared sentiment of loss but also our gratefulness to still be alive to enjoy the gifts those now gone left behind.
Backstage it appeared spring had sprung in fashion, as many ladies posed for pics in sexy, vibrant colored dresses. Shades of orange, red, purple, pink, and blue gave the red carpet and press rooms needed bursts of color as nominees, performers, and award winners talked to press.
Speaking of winners, "The Help", and "Jumping The Broom" were the big winners of the night giving "Broom" actor, Laz Alonso, his first major award for acting. Other big wins were the much talked about film, "Pariah"; Jennifer Hudson for her album, "I Remember Me"; Jill Scott for female artist; Salim Akil for directing "Jumping The Broom"; and highly popular tv show "Unsung" it's first award in the news/information category. And even Oprah received 2 awards for her "Life Class" and "Master Class" series.
To read the official list of winners visit the NAACP Image Award's official website at http://www.naacpimageawards.net/43/home/