Veteran Singer Sade Lead NAACP Image Awards Nominations

The 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Wednesday. British R&B star Sade nabbed the most nominations with four in categories of Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Song and Music Video for “Soldier of Love,” and Outstanding Album.

Following Sade’s domination is Herbie Hancock with three nods. He is up for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration, Outstanding Jazz Album and Outstanding World Music Album, thanks to his “Imagine Project” which teams him up with Pink, Seal, India.Arie and more.

Newcomer Willow Smith landed her first major award nomination, receiving a nod for Best New Artist and Outstanding Music Video for her debut single “Whip My Hair.”

Other multiple nominees include Kanye West, Usher, Rihanna, Cee-Lo Green, John Legend & The Roots, Maxwell and Alicia Keys.

The Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, as well as honoring individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

For the full list, please visit the Image Awards web site. The show will take place on March 4 and will air live on FOX. Check out some of your R&B artists that are nominated as well:

Outstanding New Artist:

Outstanding Male Artist:

Outstanding Female Artist:

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration:

Outstanding Jazz Album:

  • “Dee Dee Bridgewater Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee” – Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • “From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf – Live in Marciac” – The Wynton Marsalis Quintet and Richard Galliano
  • “Geri Allen & Timeline Live” – Geri Allen & Timeline Live
  • The Imagine Project” – Herbie Hancock
  • “VOCAbuLarieS” – Bobby McFerrin

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary):

  • “Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter III” – Kirk Whalum
  • Here I Am” – Marvin Sapp
  • “Just Love Deluxe” – Brian Courtney Wilson
  • “Master Plan” – Tamela Mann
  • “You Are Not Alone” – Mavis Staples

Outstanding World Music Album:

Outstanding Music Video:

Outstanding Song:

Outstanding Album:


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