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)
- “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 NBC – Friday, February 1 (8 ET live/PT tape-delayed).
Photo Credit: (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)