India.Arie Leads Image Awards Music Nominations
India.Arie tops the music nominees for the 34th annual NAACP Image Awards. The Motown artist scored five nominations, including outstanding female artist and album ("Voyage to India"). Erykah Badu hasIndia.Arie tops the music nominees for the 34th annual NAACP Image Awards. The Motown artist scored five nominations, including outstanding female artist and album ("Voyage to India"). Erykah Badu has four nods; Mary J. Blige and Kirk Franklin earned three each.
Along with Arie, the outstanding female artist field is rounded out by Ashanti, Badu, Blige, and Missy Elliott. The outstanding male artist list is made up of LL Cool J, Mos Def, Musiq, Nelly, and Carlos Santana.
The awards -- which also honor achievements in television, film, and literature -- will be taped March 8 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and will air March 13 on Fox.
Overall, the romantic movie "Brown Sugar" leads the field with eight nominations, including one in the best picture category. Rapper/actors Queen Latifah and Mos Def each earned supporting performer nominations, while the film's Fox/MCA soundtrack was also nominated.
The big screen comedy "Barbershop" scored five nominations, including acting nods for star Ice Cube and supporting actress/rapper Eve, as well as a best picture notice.
Here is the full list of NAACP Image Awards music nominees:
India.Arie, "Voyage to India" (Motown)
Nelly, "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal)
Musiq, "Juslisen" (Def Soul)
Kirk Franklin, "The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin" (Gospo Centric)
Various artists, "Brown Sugar Soundtrack" (Fox/MCA)
"No More Drama" (songwriters: James Harris, Terry Lewis, Barry Devorzan and Perry Botkin Jr.; artist: Mary J. Blige)
"Little Things" (songwriters: D. Wolinski, A. Fischer, I. Simpson, S. Sanders, and A. Robertson; artist: India.Arie)
"Love of My Life" (songwriters: Erykah Badu and Lonnie Lynn; artist: Erykah Badu featuring Common)
"Brighter Day" (songwriter/artist: Kirk Franklin)
"Work It" (songwriters: Missy Elliott and Timbaland Mosley; artist: Missy Elliott)
Outstanding duo or group:
India.Arie & Stevie Wonder
Erykah Badu featuring Common
Outstanding new artist:
Outstanding female artist:
Mary J. Blige
Outstanding male artist:
LL Cool J
Outstanding jazz artist:
Outstanding gospel artist:
Blind Boys of Alabama
Outstanding music video:
"Little Things," India.Arie (directed by Sanaa Hamri)
"Love of My Life," Erykah Badu featuring Common (directed by Chris Robinson)
"U Don't Have to Call," Usher (directed by Little X)
"No More Drama," Mary J. Blige (directed by Sanjii)
"Luv U Better," LL Cool J (directed by Benny Boom)