2011 NAACP Image Awards Nominees in Music

Sade leads nominations in music field with four, Herbie Hancock follows her with three, and the likes of Willow Smith and Kanye West get double nods.

AceShowbiz - Nominees of the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards were announced at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, January 12. Coming to the press conference to help read those vying for the awards were 50 Cent, Smokey Robinson, Columbus Short, Kimberly Elise and Sanaa Lathan.

In music, Sade leads the pack with four nods, including Outstanding Female Artist along with Chrisette Michele, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna. Her three nominations are for Outstanding Music Video, Outstanding Song and Outstanding Album.

Following Sade's domination are 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.

The other artists who get more than one nod include Kanye West, Usher, Rihanna, Cee-Lo Green, John Legend & The Roots, Maxwell and Alicia Keys. Rising star Willow Smith is also among them. In one of the categories, she is competing against B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj for Outstanding New Artist.

NAACP Image Awards also honors outstanding works in TV, Movie and other fields like Literature. The winners will be handed the statuettes at a ceremony to air on March 4 at 8 P.M. on FOX.

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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