Hosted by veteran actor and Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, the two-hour event featured various tributes and a winner’s list that highlighted the incredible diversity taking place in television and film in 2015. Big winners from the evening included the FOX drama Empire, with lead stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson taking home trophies respectively for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.
ABC’s smash sitcom Black-ish took home top honors for Outstanding Comedy Series, with Anderson and cast mate Tracee Ellis Ross winning for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series.
Honorees included John Legend, who snagged the prestigious President’s Award for his extensive contributions to the global community, including his work with #FREEAMERICA, The Show Me Campaign, LRNG, Teach For All, Harlem Village Academies, Management Leadership of Tomorrow, Stand For Children and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. The Chairman’s Award honored a collective of activists and change makers, with separate awards going to Brittany “Bree” Newsome, Jussie Smollett, Justice League NYC, Reverend Dr. Jamal Bryant, the Concerned Student 1950 Collective, the University of Mississippi NAACP College Chapter, Reverend Dr. Otis Moss III, and Reverend Dr. Howard-John Wesley.
Actor Michael B. Jordan snagged two of the year’s biggest awards, winning the much coveted Entertainer of the Year award and for Outstanding Actor In A Motion Picture for his inspiring performance in Creed.
For more highlights, please check the accompanying gallery for photos from Black Hollywood’s biggest night.