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49th NAACP Image Awards Nominees Announced

·         Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Female Artist

·         Andra Day – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)

·         Beyoncé – “Die With You” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)

·         Ledisi – “Let Love Rule” (Verve Group)

·         Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol Records)

·         SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

·         Andra Day feat. Common – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)

·         Charlie Wilson feat. T.I. – “I’m Blessed” (RCA Records/P Music Group)

·         Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

·         Mary J. Blige feat. Kanye West – “Love Yourself” (Capitol Records)

·         SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Jazz Album

·         “Boundless” – Damien Escobar (Phoenix Lane Entertainment)

·         “Dreams and Daggers” – Cécile McLorin Salvant (Mack Avenue Records)

·         “Petite Afrique” – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)

·         “Poetry In Motion” – Najee (Shanachie Entertainment)

·         “So It Is” – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy Recordings)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)

·         “Close” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Records)

·         “Crossover Live From Music City” – Travis Greene (RCA Inspiration)

·         “Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)

·         “Heart. Passion. Pursuit.” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Motown Gospel)

·         “Let Them Fall In Love” – CeCe Winans (Puresprings Gospel)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

·         “4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)

·         “Gods” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)

·         “High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)

·         “Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

·         “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

·         “High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)

·         “Honest” – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)

·         “Surefire (Piano Version)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)

·         “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

·         “U + Me” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

·         “Gonna Be Alright” – Mali Music (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)

·         “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

·         “Insecure” – Jazmine Sullivan X Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)

·         “Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

·         “The Story of O.J.” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)

Outstanding Album

·         “4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)

·         “DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

·         “Genesis” – Brian McKnight (SoNo Recording Group)

·         “In It To Win It” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records/P Music Group)

·         “Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)


 Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

·         “Little Fires Everywhere” – Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House)

·         “No One Is Coming to Save Us” – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)

·         “Sing, Unburied, Sing” – Jesmyn Ward (Simon and Schuster)

·         “The Annotated African American Folktales” – Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Author), Maria Tatar (Author) (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

·         “The Wide Circumference of Love” – Marita Golden (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

·         “Black Detroit – A People’s History of Self-Determination” – Herb Boyd (HarperCollins Publishers)

·         “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” – Paul Butler (The New Press)

·         “Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies” – Dick Gregory (HarperCollins Publishers)

·         “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas” – Adrian Miller (University of North Carolina Press)

·         “We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

·         “A Beautiful Ghetto” – Devin Allen (Haymarket Books)

·         “Chasing Spaces: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace & Second Chances” – Leland Melvin (HarperCollins Publishers)

·         “No One Is Coming to Save Us” – Stephanie Powell Watts (HarperCollins Publishers)

·         “Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat” – Patricia Williams (Author) Jeannine Amber (With) (HarperCollins Publishers)

·         “We’re Going to Need More Wine” – Gabrielle Union (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

·         “Ali: A Life” – Jonathan Eig (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

·         “Becoming Ms. Burton – From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” – Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By) (The New Press)

·         “Chester B. Himes” – Lawrence P. Jackson (W. W. Norton & Company)

·         “Obama: The Call of History” – Peter Baker (New York Times/Callaway)

·         “We’re Going to Need More Wine” – Gabrielle Union (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

·         “Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You” – Misty Copeland (Grand Central Publishing)

·         “Exponential Living – Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are” – Sheri Riley (Author), Usher (Foreword By) (Penguin Random House)

·         “Kristen Kish Cooking” – Kristen Kish (Author), Meredith Erickson (With) (Clarkson Potter)

·         “Notoriously Dapper – How to Be A Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence” – Kelvin Davis (Mango Media Inc.)

·         “The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams” – Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By) (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

·         “Incendiary Art: Poems” – Patricia Smith (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)

·         “My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter” – Aja Monet (Haymarket Books)

·         “Silencer” – Marcus Wicker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

·         “The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water” – Cameron Barnett (Autumn House Press)

·         “Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems” – Ntozake Shange (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

·         “Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (With) (Hachette Book Group)

·         “Before She Was Harriet” – Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator) (Holiday House)

·         “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” – Vashti Harrison (Hachette Book Group)

·         “Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!” – Andrea J. Loney (Author), Keith Mallett (Illustrator) (Lee & Low Books)

·         “The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young ” – Cynthia Levinson (Author), Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator) (S&S Children’s Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth / Teens

·         “Allegedly” – Tiffany D. Jackson (HarperCollins Publishers)

·         “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” – Rita Williams-Garcia (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator) (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)

·         “Long Way Down” – Jason Reynolds (S&S Children’s Publishing)

·         “Solo” – Kwame Alexander (Author), Mary Rand Hess (With) (Blink)

·         “The Hate U Give” – Angie Thomas (HarperCollins Publishers)


 Outstanding Motion Picture

·         “Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

·         “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

·         “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

·         “Marshall” (Open Road Films)

·         “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

·         Algee Smith – “Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

·         Chadwick Boseman – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)

·         Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

·         Denzel Washington – “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Columbia Pictures)

·         Idris Elba – “The Mountain Between Us” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

·         Amandla Stenberg – “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

·         Danai Gurira – “All Eyez on Me” (Summit Entertainment)

·         Halle Berry – “Kidnap” (Aviron Pictures)

·         Natalie Paul – “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios)

·         Octavia Spencer – “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

·         Idris Elba – “THOR: Ragnarok” (Marvel Studios)

·         Laurence Fishburne – “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

·         Lil Rel Howery – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

·         Nnamdi Asomugha – “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios)

·         Sterling K. Brown – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

·         Audra McDonald – “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)

·         Keesha Sharp – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)

·         Regina Hall – “Girls Trip” (Uni

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