Afrobeat diva, Angélique Kidjo, has been nominated for the 42nd NAACP Image Award under the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for her ‘Oyo’ album.
One of the continent’s most internationally celebrated female artists; Kidjo previously won an Image Award for album “Djin Djin” at the 39th Image Awards in 2008.
Announced during a live press conference held at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, California, actresses Kimberly Elise and Sanaa Lathan, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Columbus Short, joined NAACP Image Awards chairman Clayola Brown and executive producer Vic Bulluck to announce the categories.
Leading the list with multiple nominations was Tyler Perry, who received a total of 19 nominations for films “For Colored Girls,” “Why Did I get Married Too” and his TV series “House of Payne.”
Actress Tatyana Ali also received two nods for her TV sitcom “Love That Girl” and the CBS drama “The Young and the Restless.” Nicki Minaj and 10-year old Willow were both nominated for Outstanding New Artists, whilst Corinne Bailey Rae and Mary J. Blige will battle for the title of Outstanding Female Artist.
Nominees for Outstanding Motion Picture include “For Colored Girls,” “Just Wright,” “The Book of Eli,” “The Kids Are All Right” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film.
The awards will also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors during the two-hour event airing live Friday, March 4 on FOX.
Samantha Ofole-Prince is an entertainment journalist based in Los Angeles and contributes to Trendy Africa Media. She can be reached on email@example.com
Kidjo photo by Shola Orols/Royalty Image
photo (2) by Clinton.H.Wallace – L-R: Columbus Short, 50 Cents, Clayola Brown, Smokey Robinson, Affion Crockett