Taraji P. Henson is kicking off the month of June with a big victory. The actress took home the Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Cookie Lyon in the hip-hopera Empire at the fifth annual Critics' Choice Awards Sunday night (May 31).

Many of the nominees -- which were chosen by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BJTA) -- were in attendance at the ceremony inside the Beverly Hilton in California, but Taraji P. Henson was one of the few lucky enough to take home a trophy when all was said and done. Winning the award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, Henson lived up to the pizzazz of her role as Cookie when she walked up to the podium to accept her award wearing a stunning black dress. She was her usually bubbly self while taking time to thank her fellow cast mates and production team.

She also made it a point to acknowledge the true goal behind her work during her acceptance speech. "I love awards, they're great, but this just means I'm touching lives and that's why I got into acting," she stated. The second season of Empire, which begins Sept. 23, is sure to be even eventful with stars such as Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravtiz and Chris Rock slated to make guest appearances.

Henson has enjoyed a landmark year in her acting career due to her critically acclaimed performance as Cookie Lyon on the hit Fox drama, Empire, which has emerged as one of the hottest shows on television. Fans may be patiently awaiting the arrival of the show's second season, but the actress has been basking in the success and keeping her face and name in the crowd, whether it be posing for photos with Fabolous or former Baby Boy co-star Tyrese on Instagram or other random appearances. Last night, hip-hop's favorite around-the-way girl took home a well-deserved honor.

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