The NAACP Image Awards has announced nominees for its 45th annual show.
The Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, literature, film and music and honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
The nominees in the Gospel Music category reflect the diversity of the genre. They are:
Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
“20 Year Celebration Volume 1 – Best For Last” – Donald Lawrence (Quietwater Entertainment/eOne Music)
“Azusa: The Next Generation” – Hezekiah Walker (RCA Inspiration)
“Best Days Deluxe Edition” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann Music)
“Good God” – Shirley Caesar (eOne Music)
“Music From the Motion Picture Black Nativity” – Various (RCA Inspiration)
In 2013 Mary Mary received the Best Gospel Album Image Award for "Go Get It."
“This has been an incredible year from the artistic community, with phenomenal contributions across the board from the music, television, motion picture, and literature genres that have the power and impact to drive social change,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “The NAACP Image Awards provides an excellent venue to recognize those who make a difference through art and activism, and we are excited to honor and celebrate this caliber of talent.”
Winners are determined by the votes of NAACP members and will be announced when the envelopes are opened on Friday, February 21 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced live in a two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on Saturday, February 22 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed). The telecast will also include a one-hour pre-show airing live from the red carpet (8:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed).
Over at NPR a writer asks if NAACP Image Awards should only be awarded to Blacks? Check out the story by clicking here.