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Music Icon Usher Honors the Women in His Life at the 2024 NAACP Image Awards

Music Icon Usher Honors the Women in His Life at the 2024 NAACP Image Awards
Usher. PHOTO: JOHN SALANGSANG/VARIETY VIA GETTY

Los Angeles, CA – In a heartfelt tribute during the 2024 NAACP Image Awards, Usher Raymond IV, the multi-talented performer and philanthropist, dedicated his President's Prize to the influential women who have shaped his life and career.

The prestigious event, held at the Shrine Auditorium, saw Usher receive one of the highest honors of the night.

The President's Prize, presented by NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson, recognizes individuals for their special achievements and distinguished public service. Usher, adorned in an all-black ensemble, approached the stage with grace and humility, acknowledging his wife Jenn Goicoechea with a tender kiss before delivering his acceptance speech².

"I'm so overwhelmed with appreciation for my entire family, without them I wouldn't be able to do this," Usher expressed.

"They say behind or beside or with every strong man is a stronger woman, and for that I thank my mother and my beautiful wife Jennifer for holding me down. My kids, I love you guys so, so much." His words resonated with the audience, reflecting the deep gratitude he holds for the women in his life⁴.

NAACP's Johnson commended Usher for his "unparalleled talent and remarkable contributions as an artist and advocate for our community."

He highlighted Usher's efforts in empowering under-resourced youth through various initiatives, including college readiness programs, financial literacy, and career planning.

BET president and CEO Scott Mills also praised Usher, stating, "Usher stands as a distinguished multi hyphenate performer, consistently setting new standards for Black Excellence. With a career spanning over three decades, Usher has earned his place as one of the foremost performers of our era and a beacon for social change in our community."

The evening was not only about accolades but also about celebrating Usher's impact on music and society. Prior to the ceremony, Usher had already secured two Image Awards for outstanding male artist and outstanding soul/R&B song for "Good Good," featuring Summer Walker and 21 Savage.

His presence at the awards was further solidified when he took home the coveted entertainer of the year award, standing out among a talented group of nominees.

Usher's tribute at the NAACP Image Awards was a powerful reminder of the role that family and strong women play in shaping individuals and their successes. As the audience applauded, it was clear that Usher's influence extends far beyond the stage, touching lives through both his music and his humanitarian work²³⁴.