Destiny's Child, R. Kelly, Yolanda Adams Win Image Awards

Gospel singer Adams leads pack with four NAACP honors for 'Open My Heart.'

LOS ANGELES — Destiny's Child, R. Kelly, LL Cool J and Yolanda Adams were recognized as role models for people of color Thursday night at the NAACP's 32nd Annual Image Awards, taking home trophies in the event's musical categories.

Gospel singer Adams led the pack with four awards, including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Song for "Open My Heart." The ballad also won Best R&B/Soul Single, Female, at Wednesday night's Soul Train Music Awards.

Kelly matched his double-win showing at Soul Train, nabbing Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Music Video for "I Wish." Destiny's Child were named Outstanding Duo or Group for "Say My Name," while LL Cool J picked up the prize for Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Artist for his album G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith — The Greatest of All Time.

The first phase of the two-part Image Awards, held at the Universal Amphitheater, honored black entertainers, writers and professionals in music, media, literature and daytime television. The second phase, to be held Saturday (March 3), will honor people in film and television as well as present special awards such as Entertainer of the Year. The two shows will be combined for broadcast March 9 on Fox.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honors projects and individuals of all races who help promote "positive images of people of color," according to a statement from the organization.

Winners in the musical categories awarded Thursday:

Outstanding New Artist

Carl Thomas, Emotional


Outstanding Male Artist

R. Kelly, "I Wish"


Outstanding Female Artist

Yolanda Adams, "Open My Heart"


Outstanding Duo or Group

Destiny's Child, "Say My Name"


Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Artist

LL Cool J, G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith — The Greatest of All Time



Outstanding Jazz Artist

Grover Washington Jr., The Best of Grover Washington Jr.


Outstanding Gospel Artist — Traditional

Aaron Neville, "Mary Don't You Weep"


Outstanding Gospel Artist — Contemporary

Yolanda Adams, "Open My Heart"


Outstanding Music Video

R. Kelly, "I Wish"


Outstanding Song

Yolanda Adams, "Open My Heart"


Outstanding Album

Stevie Wonder, At the Close of the Century


Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special

Yolanda Adams, "Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards"