2011 NAACP Image Awards Winners in Music: John Legend and Willow Smith

John and The Roots lead the winner list with double victories, while Willow, Alicia Keys, Usher and Mary J. Blige get one each.

AceShowbiz - The 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards has announced its winners at a live ceremony in Los Angeles, California on Friday, March 4. In music, %cJohn Legend% and %cThe Roots% dominated the pack. They bagged two gongs, one for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration and the other for Outstanding Album.

In the former category, John and The Roots beat %cDiddy-Dirty Money%, %cEminem% and %cRihanna%, %cHerbie Hancock% ft. %cIndia.Arie% and %cChaka Khan%, as well as %cBlack Eyed Peas%. In the latter, they won over %cKanye West%, %cSmokey Robinson%, %cUsher% and %cSade%.

Outstanding New Artist trophy was given to young %cWillow Smith%. The 10-year-old Roc Nation singer won over much-older artists like %cB.o.B%, %cBruno Mars%, %cJason Derulo% and %cNicki Minaj%. But the little girl lost Outstanding Music Video to %cAlicia Keys%.

Outstanding Male Artist title was given to %cUsher% who pushed aside Kanye, %cCee-Lo% Green, %cJay-Z% and %cNe-Yo%. Outstanding Female Artist, meanwhile, was handed to %cMary J. Blige%. She won it over %cChrisette Michele%, %cCorinne Bailey Rae%, Rihanna and Sade.

Aired on FOX, 2011 NAACP Image Awards honors the best achievements by people of color in TV, music, literature and movie. The Friday event was held at the Shrine Auditorium and hosted by %cWayne Brady% and %cHolly Robinson Peete%. Sade, who got the most nominations in music with four nods, unfortunately won none.

This year, the prize-giving event comes under fire for celebrating Jay-Z, Minaj, %cP. Diddy%, Kanye and other artists who often use offensive lyrics and derogatory images. "It is unconscionable that the NAACP would sully its brand, squander its legacy, and take such a stand contrary to the aspirations and dreams of the mainstream of the African-American community," said Reverend Delman Coates, senior pastor of the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church.

"While artists are free to produce their own art, it is not acceptable for public corporations and established civil right organizations to sanction the kinds of lyrics promoted by some of these artists," he continued. "These are the wrong images for a civil rights organization to nominate and endorse."

In response to the criticisms, the Pasadena branch of the NAACP promised to review the complaints to see if they are valid. "I think the national office is going to review the policy of the nominees and the participants," said NACCP President Joe Brown. "Hopefully this will eliminate inviting those whose lyrics are considered disdainful."

  • Outstanding New Artist: %cWillow Smith%
  • Outstanding Male Artist: %cUsher%
  • Outstanding Female Artist: %cMary J. Blige%
  • Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: %cJohn Legend% and %cThe Roots%
  • Outstanding Jazz Album: "From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf - Live in Marciac" - %cThe Wynton Marsalis Quintet% and %cRichard Galliano%
  • Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): "You Are Not Alone" - %cMavis Staples%
  • Outstanding World Music Album: "VOCAbuLarieS" - %cBobby McFerrin%
  • Outstanding Music Video: "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" - %cAlicia Keys%
  • Outstanding Song: "Bittersweet" - %cFantasia Barrino%
  • Outstanding Album: "Wake Up!" - %cJohn Legend% and %cThe Roots%

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