NAACP Awards hosted by Steve Harvey

Black History Month kicked off Friday with the NAACP Image Awards. Host Steve Harvey reminded the Shrine aud it was also the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, and then fired shots at the Lone Star state: “Took two years before that information got to Texas. Now they got their own holiday called Juneteenth — who in the hell celebrates being late?”

Halle Berry seemed to be the envy of the night, as Wanda Sykes took aim at co-presenter Wayne Brady: “They told me I’d be presenting with her,” Sykes told him. “We’re cool, I love you, but we see each other all the time at the white-people events.”

Perfs courtesy of Gladys Knight, Wyclef Jean and Common rounded out the night’s festivities, but it was Kerry Washington who stole the show, nabbing three kudos, including the President’s Award and nods for supporting actress (“Django Unchained”) and actress in a drama skein (“Scandal”).

Said Washington, upon receiving two big smooches from “Scandal” co-star Tony Goldwyn and her third accolade: “Wow, OK, this is the last time I even have a shot to be up here. So, you know, just in case you’re getting sick of me.”

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