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45th NAACP Image Awards nominees announced; BETand CBS lead nominations

The nominees for the NAACP Image Awards were announced during a live press conference
The nominees for the NAACP Image Awards were announced during a live press conference
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BET and CBS led the nominees in the TV categories when the 45th NAACP Image Awards announced their nominees today, Jan. 9. The announcement was made during a live press conference at TV One's presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

The NAACP Image Awards was created to celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the television, music, literature and film. It also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced when Friday, Feb. 21 during the Awards Ceremony for non-televised categories.

The remaining categories will be announced live on stage during the two-hour star-studded TV One telecast on Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 p.m. EST. The telecast will include a one-hour live from the red carpet show at 8 p.m. EST.

David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'"), Joe Morton (ABC's "Scandal"), Keke Palmer (VH1's "CrazySexyCool"), Bresha Webb (TV One's "Love That Girl") and Gina Torres (USA's "Suits") announced the categories and nominees with NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman, Leonard James and President and CEO of TV One, Alfred Liggins.

BET and CBS lead the nominees in the TV categories with 19 and 16 nominations respectively, followed by ABC with 15 nominations and HBO with 13 nominations. In the recording category, RCA leads with 10 nominations, followed by Atlantic Records with eight nominations and Columbia Records with seven nominations. In the motion picture category, The Weinstein Company leads with 17 nominations, followed by Fox Searchlight Pictures with seven nominations.

Here is a partial list of nominees for the 45th NAACP Image Awards:

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series
"House of Lies" (Showtime)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Real Husbands of Hollywood" (BET)
"The Game" (BET)
"The Soul Man" (TV Land)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (FOX)
Cedric The Entertainer - "The Soul Man" (TV Land)
Don Cheadle - "House of Lies" (Showtime)
Dulé Hill - "Psych" (USA Network)
Kevin Hart - "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Aisha Tyler - "Archer" (FX Networks)
Mindy Kaling - "The Mindy Project" (FOX)
Niecy Nash - "The Soul Man" (TV Land)
Tasha Smith - "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse" (OWN)
Wendy Raquel Robinson - "The Game" (BET)

Outstanding Drama Series
"Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
"Scandal" (ABC)
"The Good Wife" (CBS)
"Treme" (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
James Pickens, Jr. - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
LL Cool J - "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS)
Michael Ealy - "Almost Human" (FOX)
Shemar Moore - "Criminal Minds" (CBS)
Wendell Pierce - "Treme" (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
Kerry Washington - "Scandal" (ABC)
Khandi Alexander - "Treme" (HBO)
Nicole Beharie - "Sleepy Hollow" (FOX)
Regina King - "SouthLand" (TNT)

Recording

Outstanding New Artist
Ariana Grande
Candice Glover
K. Michelle
RaVaughn Brown
Zendaya

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Robin Thicke

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé
India.Arie
Janelle Monáe
Ledisi
Mary J Blige

Outstanding Album
"20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience" - Justin Timberlake
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke
"Love In The Future" - John Legend
"Love, Charlie" - Charlie Wilson
"The Electric Lady" - Janelle Monáe

Motion Picture

Outstanding Motion Picture
"12 Years A Slave"
"Fruitvale Station"
"Lee Daniels' The Butler"
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"The Best Man Holiday"

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman - "42"
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years A Slave"
Forest Whitaker - "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
Idris Elba - "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"
Michael B. Jordan - "Fruitvale Station"

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Angela Bassett - "Black Nativity"
Halle Berry - "The Call"
Jennifer Hudson - "Winnie Mandela"
Kerry Washington - "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples"
Nicole Beharie - "42"

For a complete list of nominees, visit www.naacpimageawards.net.