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John Legend, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake nominated for The NAACP Image Awards

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The nominees for The 45TH NAACP Image Aawards have been announced during a live press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour.

David Oyelowo, Joe Morton, Keke Palmer, Gina Torres and Bresha Webb were on hand to announced the categories and nominees. with NAACP Image Awards.

The awards will take place on Friday, February 21 for the non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced live on TV One on Saturday, February 22nd.

In the music categories, the nominations include:

Outstanding New Artist

Ariana Grande (Republic Records)
Candice Glover (19 Recordings/Interscope Records)
K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
RaVaughn Brown (Columbia Records)
Zendaya (Hollywood Records)

Outstanding Male Artist

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
John Legend (Columbia Records)
Justin Timberlake (RCA Records)
Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope)

Outstanding Female Artist

Beyoncé (Columbia Records)
India.Arie (Motown Records)
Janelle Monáe (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
Ledisi (Verve Records)
Mary J Blige (Verve Records/Interscope)

Outstanding Album

"20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience" - Justin Timberlake (RCA Records)
"Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope)
"Love In The Future" - John Legend (Columbia Records)
"Love, Charlie" - Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
"The Electric Lady" - Janelle Monáe (Bad Boy/Atlantic)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Alicia Keys featuring Maxwell (RCA Records)
Robin Thicke featuring. T.I. & Pharrell (Star Trak/Interscope)
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z (RCA Records)
Toni Braxton and Babyface (Motown Records)
Mariah Carey featuring Miguel (Island Def Jam)

Outstanding Jazz Album

The Messenger-Kevin Eubanks (Mack Avenue Records) No nominee image provided
The Beat-Boney James (Concord Records)
The Songs of Stevie Wonder- SFJAZZ Collective (SFJAZZ Records)
Summer Horns- Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot (Concord Records)
The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey-Najee (Shanachie)

Outstanding Gospel Album
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)
20 Year Celebration Volume 1– Best for Last Donald Lawrence (Quietwater Entertainment / eOne Music
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Outstanding World Music Album
Sing To The Moon Laura Mvula (Columbia Records)
Natalie Cole En Espanol Natalie Cole (Verve Records)
Live At The Royal Albert Hall Emeli Sande (Capitol)
The Standards Gloria Estefan (Masterworks)
Coming from a LadyLady Ele (13 Black Records)
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Outstanding Music Video

FIRE WE MAKE Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (RCA Records)
MADE TO LOVE John Legend (Columbia Records)
COCOA BUTTER India.Arie (Motown Records)
TREASURE Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Q.U.E.E.N Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu (Bad Boy / Atlantic)

Outstanding Song
BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell (Star Trak/Interscope)
ALL OF ME John Legend (Columbia Records)
FIRE WE MAKE Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (RCA Records)
TREASURE Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Q.U.E.E.N. Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu (Bad Boy/Atlantic)

Other music artist nominated in other cateogories LL Cool J, Nick Cannon, KeKe Palmer, Jennifer Hudson and Debbie Allen.

The documentary "20 Feet from Stardom", the TV special "Black Girls Rock and TV shows "Unsung" and "The Voice" were nominated as well.

BET and CBS lead the nominees in the TV categories with 19 and 16 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.

Check back for more reports as I was live on the scene at the press conference.

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