News: Jay-Z, Keri Hilson, Rihanna & More Snag NAACP Image Awards Nominations

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010 5:15PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Grammy-winning artists Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and more have received nominations for the upcoming 41st annual NAACP Image Awards.

R&B artists Keri Hilson and Jeremih also made the nomination list.

Jay-Z and Maxwell's five nods include outstanding male artist and outstanding album. Also vying in the outstanding album category is Alicia Keys, who garnered a total of three nominations. Other multiple nominees include Mary J. Blige (also up for outstanding album), Rihanna and Whitney Houston with two each. This year's outstanding new artist slate features Jeremih, Keri Hilson, K'Jon, Kristinia DeBarge and Melanie Fiona. (Billboard)

Oprah Winfrey's Precious film, which stars Mariah Carey, is also up for an award.

The harrowing tale of a struggling Harlem teen in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" earned a leading eight nominations for the NAACP Image awards on Wednesday. The independent movie garnered acting nods for newcomer Gabourey Sidibe as well as Mo'nique, Lenny Kravitz and singer Mariah Carey, along with a best movie and best director nomination for Lee Daniels. (ABC News)

Jennifer Hudson won three awards at last year's ceremony.

Hudson led with seven nominations ended up winning three individual trophies, including Outstanding Album for her self-titled debut and Duo, Group or Collaboration for her duet with Fantasia on "I'm His Only Woman." "Now don't start me to crying again, y'all," a visibly touched Hudson, who won her first Image Award for acting two years ago, told the standing ovation-prone audience. "Oh my God, it always feels like home coming here. Thank you all so much for all of your amazing support." (E! Online)

Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons was also honored at the event.

Simmons was given the Vanguard Award, presented to an individual or group who raises awareness of racial and social issues. He said: "I discovered that giving made me happy. "As you get older, that's the easy route, so it's always been such an easy thing. It seems kind of crazy to be honoured for it." (BBC News)

Winners will be announced during the ceremony's live telecast Friday, Feb. 26 (8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET/PT tape delayed) on Fox.

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