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    Nominees Announced for the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards

    (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)

    (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)Nominees for the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today, during a live press conference in Beverly Hills, CA.

    Congratulations to each of the Gospel Artists, Christian authors, and everyone nominated.


    Outstanding Female Artist

    • Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
    • Elle Varner (MBK / RCA)
    • Estelle (Atlantic)
    • Missy Elliott (Atlantic)
    • Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)


    Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

    • Chuck D, Johnny Juice, Will.i.am, Herbie Hancock (Iconomy Multi-Media & 
    • fun. feat. Janelle Monae (Atlantic)
    • Lupe Fiasco feat. Guy Sebastian (Atlantic)
    • Mary Mary (Columbia)
    • Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, Natasha Bedingfield (Forward Song, LLC)

    Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
    • “Best Days” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music Group)
    • “Go Get It” – Mary Mary (Columbia)
    • “God, Love & Romance” – Fred Hammond (Verity Gospel Music Group)
    • “I Win” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Gospel Music Group)
    • “Le’Andria Johnson The Experience” – Le’Andria Johnson (Music World Gospel / Music World)


    Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
    • “A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel” – Beverly Jenkins (HarperCollins Publishers (William Morrow Paperbacks))
    • “Destiny’s Divas” – Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster)
    • “Silent Cry” – Dywane Birch (Strebor Books)
    • “The Reverend’s Wife” – Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central’s Wife)
    • “The Secret She Kept” – ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)


    For a full listing of the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards nominees, please click here.

    I look forward to the Image Awards, each year. Since attending my very first show (1997) at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to later serving on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors, I had the pleasure of supporting the show in many different area.

    Sadly, this will be our first year without Willis Edwards, who earlier this year succumbed to complications of HIV/AIDS. I look forward to what the Beverly Hills Hollywood Branch, and National Office have planned to honor his memory during the show.

    Tune in, and watch the show LIVE on NBCFriday, February 1 (8 ET live/PT tape-delayed).

    Photo Credit: (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)

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