Friday, February 6, 2015

2015 NAACP Image Award Nominations - Recording and Literature Categories

The 2015 NAACP Image Awards will be presented in a 2-hour special that will air live on Friday, February 6, 2015 on TV One at 9pm ET/8CT (tape-delayed for PT – Pacific Time).  The ceremony will be preceded by a one-hour pre-show, which will air live from the red carpet at 8pm ET/7CT (PT tape-delayed).

Nominees in the Recording and Literature categories for the 2015 / 46TH NAACP Image Awards:


Outstanding New Artist
• 3 Winans Brothers (BMG)
• Aloe Blacc (XIX Recordings/Interscope Records)
• Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)
• Jhene Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)
• Liv Warfield (Kobalt Label Services)

Outstanding Male Artist
• John Legend (Columbia Records)
• Kem (Motown - Capitol)
• Kendrick Lamar (Interscope Records)
• Michael Jackson (Epic Records)
• Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
• Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
• Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)
• Ledisi (Verve Records)
• Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
• "Being With You" - Smokey Robinson feat. Mary J Blige (Verve)
• "Brand New" - Pharrell Williams feat. Justin Timberlake (Columbia Records)
• "Gust of Wind" - Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk (Columbia Records)
• "Love, Marriage & Divorce" - Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)
• "Stay with Me" - Sam Smith feat. Mary J Blige (Capitol)

Outstanding Jazz Album
• "Beautiful Life" - Dianne Reeves (Concord)
• "Dave Koz and Friends: The 25th of December" - Dave Koz (Concord Records)
• "Living My Dream" - Jonathan Butler (Rendezvous Music)
• "My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke" - Al Jarreau (Concord)
• "Up" - Stanley Clarke (Mack Avenue Records)

Outstanding Gospel Album - (Traditional or Contemporary)
• "Duets" - Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)
• "Help" - Erica Campbell (My Block Inc./eOne Music)
• "I Will Trust" - Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)
• "Journey To Freedom" - Michelle Williams (eOne Music)
• "Where My Heart Belongs" - Gladys Knight (Shadow Mountain Records)

Outstanding Music Video
• "i" - Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)
• "It's You" - KEM (Motown - Capitol)
• "Love Never Felt So Good" - Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake (Epic Records)
• "Pretty Hurts" - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• "You & I (Nobody in the World)" - John Legend (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song
• "Good Kisser" - Usher (RCA Records)
• "i" - Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope)
• "Pretty Hurts" - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• "The Man" - Aloe Blacc (Interscope Records)
• "We Are Here" - Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album
• "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics" - Aretha Franklin (RCA Records)
• "Beyoncé Platinum Edition" - Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
• "G I R L" - Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records)
• "JHUD" - Jennifer Hudson (RCA Records)
• "Love, Marriage & Divorce" - Toni Braxton & Babyface (Def Jam Recordings)


Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction
• "A Wanted Woman" - Eric Jerome Dickey (Penguin Random House)
• "An Untamed State" - Roxane Gay (Grove/Atlantic - Black Cat)
• "Another Woman's Man" - Shelly Ellis (Kensington Publishing Corp.)
• "Momma: Gone" - Nina Foxx (Brown Girls Publishing)
• "The Prodigal Son" - Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work - Non-Fiction
• "Bad Feminist" - Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial/HarperCollins)
• "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" - Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau)
• "Place not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America" - Sheryll Cashin (Beacon Press)
• "The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act" - Clay Risen (Bloomsbury Press)
• "Who We Be: The Colorization of America" - Jeff Chang (St. Martin's Press)

Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author
• "Forty Acres" - Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)
• "Queen Sugar" - Natalie Baszile (Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Random House)
• "Remedy For A Broken Angel" - Toni Ann Johnson (Nortia Press)
• "The 16th Minute of Fame: An Insider's Guide for Maintaining Success Beyond 15 Minutes of Fame" - Darrell Miller (Dunham Books)
• "Time of the Locust" - Morowa Yejide (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/ Auto-Biography
• "Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine" - Louis Sullivan with David Chanoff (University of Georgia Press)
• "Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)" - Rosie Perez (Crown Archetype)
• "Life In Motion" - Misty Copeland (Touchstone)
• "Mayor for Life" - Marion Barry, Omar Tyree (Strebor Books)
• "Stand Up Straight and Sing!" - Jessye Norman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional
• "10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse" - JJ Smith (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
• "101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education" - Gwen Richardson (Cushcity Communications)
• "Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed" – Bryant Terry (Ten Speed Press)
• "Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System" - Robbin Shipp, Nick Chiles (Agate Bolden)
• "Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life" - Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Hilary Beard (Spiegel & Grau)

Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry
• "Citizen: An American Lyric" - Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)
• "Digest" - Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)
• "The New Testament" - Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
• "The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013" - Derek Walcott, Selected by Glyn Maxwell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
• "We Didn't Know Any Gangsters" - Brian Gilmore (Cherry Castle Publishing, LLC)

Outstanding Literary Work - Children
• "Beautiful Moon" - Tonya Bolden (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)
• "Dork Diaries 8: Tales From A Note-So-Happily Ever After" - Rachel Renee Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell (Simon & Schuster)
• "Little Melba and Her Big Trombone" - Katheryn Russell-Brown (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)
• "Malcolm Little" - Ilyasah Shabazz (Author), AG Ford (Illustrator) (Simon & Schuster)
• "Searching for Sarah Rector" - Tonya Bolden (Abrams/Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens
• "Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America" - Russell Freedman (Holiday House)
• "Brown Girl Dreaming" - Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)
• "Revolution" - Deborah Wiles (Scholastic Press)
• "The Freedom Summer Murders" - Don Mitchell (Scholastic Press)
• "The Red Pencil" - Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Shane Evans (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


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