R&B songbirds Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce and Alicia Keys have dominated the field for the 2009 NAACP Image Awards. The multi-talented trio, who all released albums and were featured in at least one film in 2008, nabbed nominations in both the music and film fields not just once but more often than not twice for their efforts. Knowles, Keys and Hudson will go head to head for outstanding female music artist and for best music video. The three will also compete for ‘supporting film actress,’ Keys and Hudson for “The Secret Life of Bees” and Knowles for “Cadillac Records.” Hudson had seven nominations overall, six in music categories, while Knowles had six, five of them for music. “Cadillac Records” and “The Secret Life of Bees” are best-picture contenders, along with “Miracle at St. Anna,” “Seven Pounds” and “Tyler Perry’s the Family That Preys.” “The Secret Life of Bees” leads the film side with eight nominations, followed by “Cadillac Records” with seven. “Cadillac Records” grabbed three of the five supporting-actor slots, for Cedric the Entertainer, Columbus Short and Mos Def. Perry films earned two best-actress slots, for Alfre Woodard in “The Family That Preys” and Angela Bassett in “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.” They are up against Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah for “The Secret Life of Bees” and Rosario Dawson for “Seven Pounds.” Nominated for lead film actor were Derek Luke, “Miracle at St. Anna”; Don Cheadle, “Traitor”; Jeffrey Wright, “Cadillac Records”; Rob Brown, “The Express”; and Will Smith, “Seven Pounds.” Television comedy series contenders are “30 Rock,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Game,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Ugly Betty.” For TV drama, the nominees are “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House,” “Lincoln Heights,” “The Unit” and “The Wire.”R&B newcomers Anthony David, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan and Leona Lewis have all be nominated for Outstanding New Artist.Jamie Foxx, Common, John Legend, Will.I.Am, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Natalie Cole, Kanye West and Ne-Yo also received nominations in the music/recording field. The Image Awards honoring diversity in the arts will be presented at a Feb. 12 ceremony.
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