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Beyoncé Leads NAACP Image Awards Nominations

Beyoncé is bringing her “Black Parade” to the 52nd NAACP Image Awards.After leading the Grammy nominations, the pop icon received the most nominations of any artist in the music categories with 6 including Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album (Black Is King, “Brown Skin Girl”), and Outstanding Soul/R&B Song (“Black Parade”).

Other top nominees in the 16 recording categories include Ledisi with five nods, followed by Alicia Keys, H.E.R., and Chloe x Halle with four, and Drake, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, and PJ Morton with three each.In the Outstanding Female Artist category, Beyoncé is up against H.E.R. (“I Can’t Breathe”), Jazmine Sullivan (“Lost One”), Ledisi (“Anything for You”), and Alicia Keys (Alicia).

The nominees for Outstanding Male Artist include Big Sean (Detroit 2), Black Thought (Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able), Charlie Wilson (All of My Love), Drake (“Laugh Now, Cry Later”), and John Legend (Bigger Love).

For Outstanding Album, the nominees are Alicia (Alicia Keys), Brandy (b7), John Legend (Bigger Love), Jhené Aiko (Chilombo), and Ledisi (The Wild Card).

Voting is now open in all categories, which extend across the fields of television, music, literature, and film. Winners will be announced during the two-hour ceremony, airing live across ViacomCBS Networks on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m.

52nd NAACP Image Awards – Recording Categories

Outstanding New Artist
Chika – “High Rises”
Doja Cat – “Say So”
D Smoke – “Black Habits”
Giveon – “When It’s All Said And Done”
Skip Marley – “Higher Place”

Outstanding Male Artist
Big Sean – Detroit 2
Black Thought – Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able
Charlie Wilson – All of My Love
Drake – “Laugh Now, Cry Later
John Legend – Bigger Love

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé – “Black Parade”
H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
Jazmine Sullivan – “Lost One”
Ledisi – “Anything For You”
Alicia Keys – Alicia

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“I Can’t Breathe” – H.E.R.
“Anything for You” – Ledisi
Black Is King – Beyoncé
“Brown Skin Girl” – Beyoncé feat WizKid, SAINt JHN, Blue Ivy Carter
“Do It” – Chloe x Halle

Outstanding Album
Alicia – Alicia Keys
b7 – Brandy
Bigger Love – John Legend
Chilombo – Jhené Aiko
The Wild Card – Ledisi

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Music from the Netflix Film) – Branford Marsalis
Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series – Various Artists
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – Various Artists
Soul Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste and Tom MacDougall
The First Ladies of Gospel: The Clark Sisters Biopic Soundtrack – Donald Lawrence

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album
Chosen Vessel – Marvin Sapp
Gospel According to PJ – PJ Morton
I Am – Koryn Hawthorne
Kierra – Kierra Sheard
The Return – The Clark Sisters

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song
“All in His Plan” – PJ Morton
“Never Lost” – CeCe Winans
“Something Has To Break” – Kierra Sheard feat. Tasha Cobbs-Leonard
“Strong God” – Kirk Franklin
“Touch from You” – Tamela Mann

Outstanding Jazz Album – Instrumental
Be Water – Christian Sands
Music From and Inspired By Soul – Jon Batiste
Omega – Immanuel Wilkins
Reciprocity – George Burton
The Iconoclast – Barry Stephenson

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)
Alicia Keys feat. Khalid – “So Done”
Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle – “Deep Reverence”
Chloe x Halle – “Do It”
Jhené Aiko feat. H.E.R. – “B.S.”
Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – “Savage Remix”

Outstanding International Song
“Blessed” – Buju Banton
“Lockdown” – Original Koffee
“Pressure (Remix)” – Original Koffee feat. Buju Banton
“Tanana” – Davido feat. Tiwa Savage
“Temptation” – Tiwa Savage

Outstanding Producer of the Year
Donald Lawrence
Jathan Wilson
Sean Keys

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