LOS ANGELES -- Actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg was named entertainer of the year at the 23rd annual NAACP Image Awards Saturday.
Goldberg, who also won an Image Award as best supporting actress in the box-office hit 'Ghost,' was cited as 'a multi-talented and multi- concerned individual who has enlivened our hearts ....'
'Goldberg has unlocked the doors of opportunity for herself,' said the citation in the NAACP program. 'But through all of the laughter and the dramatic performances which have brought success, she has continued in the struggle for equality and freedom for all .... '
Singers Anita Baker and Luther Vandross and the motion picture 'Glory' were other major winners of Image Awards, taped for a later television telecast, at the Wiltern Theater.
Baker garnered best female recording artist for her latest album 'Compositions,' while Vandross's performance on 'The Best of Love' garnered the award as best male recording artist.
'Glory' was named best motion picture and Denzel Washington received an Image Award for best supporting actor in the motion picture, which chronicled the exploits of a black unit fighting for the Union during the Civil War.
Other recording winners included: The Winans for 'Return' as best gospel artist; M.C. Hammer for 'Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em' as best rap artist or group; After 7 for 'After 7' as best new male artist or group; and En Vogue for 'Born To Sing' as best new female artist or group; Etta James for 'Stickin' To My Guns' as best blues artist; Whispers for 'More of the Night' as best vocal group; Jonathon Butler for 'Deliverance' as best jazz artist; and Qunicy Jones' 'Back on the Block' was best album.
In the other motion picture category, Morgan Freeman was named best actor for his performance as a chauffeur in 'Driving Miss Daisy.'
Television winners included: Blair Underwood as best actor in a dramatic series for'Murder In Mississippi'; Alfre Woodard as best actress in a dramatic series for 'A Mother's Courage'; Kadeem Hardison as best actor in a comedy series for 'A Different World'; Jasmine Guy as best actress in a comedy series for 'A Different World'; 'In Living Color' as best comedy series; 'In the Heat of the Night' was best dramatic series/mini-series/movie special; and 'Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Special' was named best variety show/special.
Other winners included: civil rights attorney Conrad J. Lynn received the Roy Wilkins Civil Rights Award; Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Taurean Blacque, James Cleveland, Eastman Kodak, Joel Silver and Challengers Boys and Girls Club received special awards; Dionne Warwick received the Key Of Life Award; and Antoinette Stroman and Ryan White were the recipients of the President's Award.
Hall of Fame Image Awards were awarded to Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Katherine Dunham and James Earl Jones.
Roy Campanella and Anita DeFrantz received Jackie Robinson Sports Awards.