Indie award winning Gospel artist Tamela Mann has garnered an Image Award, announced during the tvOne's Red Carpet coverage tonight. Several awards were given out last night during a special awards ceremony by the NAACP to well-deserving recipients, including Mann. Tamela Mann is not only living some of her "Best Days" but best years to date. She is setting the standard for independent Gospel artists with her own label, Tillymann Music.
Hard work and humble spirit describes Tamela Mann. The Gospel industry came to know of her boisterous vocals as one of Kirk Franklin's group "The Family" in the 90s. Over the years, Tamela has honed her chops, recorded two albums before "Best Days" and has even taken on the title of actress under the tutelage of Mr. Tyler Perry. Creating her own label, Tillymann Music, in 2012, Tamela laid the foundation for her music to inspire the world and it is paying out great dividends with her third album "Best Days" ("Best Days Deluxe Edition").
Last night's special awards ceremony has set the stage for more amazing African-American movers and shakers in various categories. Several religious-inspired comedy and drama series have also been nominated (which are listed below). Tune into the live 45th NAACP Image Awards on tvOne tonight at 8pm central time, hosted by actor and comedian Anthony Anderson.
45th NAACP Image Awards
Nominees of religious-inspired and/or gospel categories
Entertainer of the Year
- Tyler Perry
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
- Angela Bassett/Black Nativity (Fox Searchlight/Mavin Pictures/Wonderful Films)
Outstanding Comedy Series
- The Soul Man (TV Land)
Outstanding actor in a comedy series
- Cedric the Entertainer/The Soul Man (TV Land)
Outstanding actress in a comedy series
- Niecy Nash/The Soul Man (TV Land)
- Tasha Smith/Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse (Own)
Outstanding Reality Series
- Sunday Best
Outstanding Gospel Album
- Azusa: The Next Generation
Hezekiah Walker (RCA Inspiration)
WINNER! - 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)
Congratulations to all nominees and winners of tonight's 45th NAACP Image Awards.