TheGrio Awards honored some of the best and brightest Black talent when it took place last month at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Additionally, in honor of Patti Labelle, American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia kicked off the night with a performance of the hit LaBelle song, “Lady Marmalade.” The broadcast ended with Patti taking the stage. She was joined by Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams and Queen Latifah as they sang Karyn White’s “Superwoman.” For Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson, it was a reunion of sorts as Jennifer finished season 3 in seventh place.
Watch Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Queen Latifa and Patti Labelle sing “Superwoman”
Jennifer Hudson on Receiving the Trailblazer Icon Award
The afternoon talks show host and American Idol alum wrote on Instagram: “I am so humbled to be @fromthegreyfortrio’s inaugural Trailblazer Icon Award honoree !! Thank u @realbyronallen and every person who has lifted me up on my journey ! Congratulations to all the other incredible honorees — you all inspire me!”
The event also handed awards to: Dave Chappelle (Cultural Icon Award), Ben Crump (Justice Icon Award), Allyson Felix (Sports Icon Award), Patti LaBelle (Music Icon Award), Queen Latifah (Television Icon Award), Norman Lear (Champion Icon Award), Alena Analeigh McQuarter (Young Icon Award), Don Peebles (Business Icon Award), Tyler Perry (Icon Award), Robert F. Smith (Philanthropy Icon Award) and Kenan Thompson (Comedy Icon Award).
For fans who missed the CBS broadcast over the weekend, watch theGrio Awards on theGrio Cable Network, where the network is airing the event practically on a continuous loop, HERE. Comcast and other cable providers carry it. Check your local listings.