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Washington, Berry win awards

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Denzel Washington won his fifth NAACP Image Award for Training Day at ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles.

The Best Actress nod went to Halle Berry for Swordfish.

Best picture honors went to Ali.

Other winners include Steve Harvey, best actor in a comedy series for The Steve Harvey Show, and Mo'Nique, best actress in a comedy for The Parkers. Rock star Little Richard, who turns 70 this year, was chosen for the group's Hall of Fame Award.

Alicia Keys won best new artist, while Ja Rule was named best rapper for his single "Livin' It Up."

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was also recognized despite several public disagreements between the NAACP and the Bush administration.

The awards show was taped for airing on the Fox network early next month.

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