Nominees of 2009 NAACP Image Awards for its recording category have been announced on January 7 in Los Angeles. From the announcement, it is revealed that Jennifer Hudson leads the pack with six nods and Beyonce Knowles follows with five counts.
Topping the music list, Jennifer competes with Anthony David, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan and Leona Lewis in "Outstanding New Artist". She meanwhile lands her self-titled debut album in a stiff competition with Beyonce's "I Am...Sasha Fierce", Kanye West's "808's & Heartbreak", Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman" and Seal's "Soul" in "Outstanding Album".
On the other hand, Beyonce has to face off Jennifer in three other categories; "Outstanding Female Artist", "Outstanding Song" and "Outstanding Music Video" in addition to her battle with Jennifer in "Outstanding Album". She gets her two videos for singles "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" competing with Alicia Keys' "Superwoman", will.i.am's "Yes We Can" and Jennifer's "Spotlight" in "Outstanding Music Video".
The 40th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, Thursday, Feb. 12 at 08:00 - 10:00 P.M. ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX. The ceremony will be hosted by actress Halle Berry and actor Tyler Perry.
Nominations list of 2009 NAACP Image Awards in music category:
Outstanding New Artist: