Grammy Award-winning pop icon, Beyoncé opened the show in a flowing white gown that recalled vintage Hollywood glamour. The celebrated singer-actress performed her new song, ‘Halo’ with archival footage from the Civil Rights movement as the backdrop. It was quite obvious that the set had an emotional effect on Knowles. Her eyes seemed watery — as if she was ready to cry. 

Another highlight of the night included Taraji P. Henson winning Best Supporting actress in a movie for “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button”. The win by this amazing underrated actress was a success that everyone could relate to. 

I was brought to tears during segment that Seal sang, “A Change Is Gonna Come” while paying to tribute to Entertainers that paved the way for today’s stars and are no longer with us. 

Below is a list of some of the major awards that were given out during the course of the telecast:
*Outstanding Actor in Drama or Series: Hill Harper (‘CSI: NY’) 56711618

*Outstanding New Artist: Jennifer Hudson

*Outstanding Actress In Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross (‘Girlfriends’)

*Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé

*Chairman’s Award: Al Gore; Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai

*Outstanding Comedy Series: ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Pain’

*Outstanding Role in TV Movie, Mini-Series: Sean Combs (‘Raisin in the Sun’)

*Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’)

*Vanguard Award Recipient: Russell Simmons

*President’s Award: Muhammad Ali

*Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Will Smith (‘Seven Pounds’)

*Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Rosario Dawson (‘Seven Pounds’)

*Outstanding Motion Picture: The Secret Live of Bees
Several winners were awarded before the live ceremony, including Chandra Wilson of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ for actress in a drama series, Columbus Short of “Cadillac Records” for outstanding supporting actor in a motion picture and singer-actor Jamie Foxx for outstanding male artist.