Beyoncé is the NAACP 2019 Entertainer of the Year.
Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler, Regina King and LeBron James were also nominated for the award, the winner of which was announced Saturday at the 50th NAACP Image Awards hosted by Anthony Anderson in Los Angeles. Voting for the prize was open to the general public.
The Queen Bey in her acceptance speech touted the accomplishments of her fellow nominees.
“Regina King, I love you so much, you’ve taught us patience, persistence and how to be masterful in your craft,” she said. “Chadwick Boseman is teaching children to dream and to see themselves as kings.”
She continued, “LeBron James has taught us that strength of all forms and leading by example and providing education for our kids. Ryan Coogler tells our stories in a way that celebrates our history, and proves that we do have power at the box office.”
Jay-Z, Beyoncé’s husband, was honored with the 2019 NAACP President’s Award. The music mogul dedicated his award to all the “strong” and “beautiful” women in his life, with a shoutout to his superstar spouse.