Usher double up at NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It’s been quite a year for Usher. The eight-time GRAMMY award winner headlined the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show as the main performer. 

Usher’s performance in February at the intermission of the Kansas City Chiefs-San Francisco 49ers football game came on the heels of a Las Vegas residency in which the “Nice and Slow” singer performed for a year. 

Usher comes backstage at the 55th Image Awards on March 16, 2024. Usher won two awards on the night, capturing the President’s Award and Entertainer of the Year honors. Photo credit: Mark Hammond/News4usonline

Usher can now add some NAACP Image Awards hardware to his trophy case. On a night celebrating Black excellence in the arts and entertainment, the “U Got It Bad” and “Burn” crooner was on the receiving end of the President’s Award at the 55th NAACP Image Awards. 

Adding to the chapter, the 23-time GRAMMY nominee was also named Entertainer of the Year, the final category of the night. The award proved to be a boon for the NAACP Image Awards show. Usher walked the carpet and appeared backstage in the media room to take photos.

The recognition of Usher has been a long time coming. After he was selected to be the honoree of the President’s Award, Usher, an 18-time Billboard Award winner, gave credit where was due, paying homage to his mother. 

“I’m very honored to be able to receive this amazing from the depths of my soul,” Usher said. “My passion/work is what has mattered for me the moment my mother made me understand what purpose lies with the opportunity to be able to speak to the entire world.”

“I recognize her more than anybody,” Usher remarked. “…I wanted to make it known far too often in our industry women do not get the recognition they truly deserve. And when we first started, it was even harder for a mother to believe in the dreams that I had, because I was unwavering…being raided without a father in our home. Being raised from a single parent it was a lot. But she was more defiant.” 

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