52nd NAACP Image Awards Nominees Announced: R&B Edition

52nd NAACP Image Awards Nominees Announced: R&B Edition

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The nominations for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards are in. Beyoncé is the top finalist, netting seven nods, including two she shares with Megan Thee Stallion for their collaboration “Savage.” She makes up the rest for her stellar visual album Black is King

Ledisi earned five nominations for music taken from The Wild Card, which was considered one of the best R&B albums of 2020 by Rated R&B. Meanwhile, four-time nominees include H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, and Alicia Keys. 



Brandy’s comeback album b7 earned a nomination in the Outstanding Album category. The LP was named the best R&B album of 2020 by Rated R&B

Mary J. Blige (Power Book II: Ghost), Jamie Foxx (Soul), and Janelle Monáe (Antebellum) each earn a nod for their respective acting work. 

Winners will be announced simulcast live on Saturday, March 27th at 8 p.m. EST across ViacomCBS networks such as BET, BET Her, LOGO,  MTV, MTV2, and VH1. The awards will be making its CBS debut as well. 

Outstanding New Artist

Chika – High Rises (Warner Records)

Doja Cat – Say So (RCA Records/Kemosabe )

D Smoke – Black Habits (WoodWorks Records / EMPIRE)

Giveon – When It’s All Said And Done (Epic Records)

Skip Marley – Higher Place (Island Records/ Tuff Gong Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

Big Sean – Detroit 2 (Def Jam Recordings/G.O.O.D Music)

Black Thought – Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able (Republic Records)

Charlie Wilson – All of My Love (P Music Group/BMG)

Drake – Laugh Now, Cry Later (Republic Records)

John Legend – Bigger Love (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

Beyoncé – Black Parade (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)

H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe (RCA Records/MBK Entertainment)

Jazmine Sullivan – Lost One (RCA Records)

Ledisi – Anything For You (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)

Alicia Keys – Alicia (RCA Records)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

I Can’t Breathe – H.E.R. (RCA Records/MBK Entertainment)

Anything For You – Ledisi (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)

Black is King – Beyonce´ (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)

Brown Skin Girl – Beyonce’ feat WizKid, SAINt JHN, Blu Ivy Carter (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)

Do It – Chloe x Halle (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)

Outstanding Album

Alicia – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

b7 – Brandy (Brand Nu/eOne)

Bigger Love – John Legend (Columbia Records)

Chilombo – Jhené Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)

The Wild Card – LEDISI (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Music from the Netflix Film) – Branford Marsalis (Milan)

Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series – Various Artists (Atlantic Records)

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – Various Artists (Atlantic Records )

Soul Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste and Tom MacDougall (Walt Disney Records)

The First Ladies of Gospel: The Clark Sisters Biopic Soundtrack – Donald Lawrence (Relevé Entertainment)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album

Chosen Vessel – Marvin Sapp (RCA Inspiration)

Gospel According to PJ – PJ Morton (Morton Inspiration / Tyscot Records)

I Am – Koryn Hawthorne (RCA Inspiration)

Kierra – Kierra Sheard (Karew/RCA Inspiration)

The Return – The Clark Sisters (Karew/Motown)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song

All in His Plan – PJ Morton (Morton Inspiration / Tyscot Records)

Never Lost – CeCe Winans (Pure Springs Gospel)

Something Has To Break – Kierra Sheard feat. Tasha Cobbs-Leonard (Karew/RCA Inspiration)

Strong God – Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA Records)

Touch from You – Tamela Mann (TillyMann Inc.)

Outstanding Soul/R&B Song

I Can’t Breathe – H.E.R. (RCA Records/MBK Entertainment)

Anything For You – LEDISI (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)

B.S. feat. H.E.R – Jhené Aiko (Def Jam Recordings)

Black Parade – Beyonce’ (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)

Do It – Chloe x Halle (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)

Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song

Deep Reverence feat. Nipsey Hussle – Big Sean (Brand Nu/eOne)

Savage Remix – Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé (300 Entertainment / 1501 Certified Ent. LLC)

Cool Off – Missy Elliott (Atlantic Records)

Laugh Now, Cry Later – Drake (Republic Records)

Life Is Good – Future & Drake (Epic Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional)

Alicia Keys feat. Jill Scott – Jill Scott (RCA Records)

Chloe x Halle – Wonder What She Thinks Of Me (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis feat. Babyface – He Don’t Know Nothin’ Bout It (BMG)

Kem feat. Toni Braxton – Live Out Your Love (Motown Records)

Ledisi and PJ Morton – Anything For You (Listen Back Entertainment/BMG)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary)

Alicia Keys feat. Khalid – So Done (RCA Records)

Big Sean feat. Nipsey Hussle – Deep Reverence (Def Jam Recordings/G.O.O.D Music)

Chloe x Halle – Do It (Columbia Record/ Parkwood)

Jhené Aiko feat H.E.R. – B.S. (Def Jam Recordings)

Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé – Savage Remix (300 Entertainment / 1501 Certified Ent.

LLC)

Outstanding Producer of the Year

Donald Lawrence

Hit-Boy

Jathan Wilson

Sean Keys

TM88

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Motion Picture

Ahmir-Khalib Thompson aka Questlove – Soul (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Angela Bassett – Soul (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Chris Rock – The Witches (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jamie Foxx – Soul (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Phylicia Rashad – Soul (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Adjoa Andoh – Bridgerton (Netflix)

Aunjanue Ellis – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

Lynn Whitfield – Greenleaf (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

Mary J. Blige – Power Book II: Ghost (Starz)

Susan Kelechi Watson – This Is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Issa Rae – The Photograph (Universal Pictures)

Janelle Monáe – Antebellum (Lionsgate)

Madalen Mills – Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Netflix)

Tracee Ellis Ross – The High Note (Focus Features)

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special

Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Emmanuel Adeji, Blitz Bazawule, Kwasi Fordjour – Black Is King (Disney+)

Christine Swanson – The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (Lifetime)

Chuck Vinson, Alan Muraoka – The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special (HBO Max)

Eugene Ashe – Sylvie’s Love (Amazon Studios)

Kamilah Forbes – Between The World And Me (HBO)

See the full list of 2021 NAACP Image Awards nominations.