Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keys, John Legend & Robin Thicke Lead 2014 NAACP Image Award Nominations


TV One announced nominations for the 45th annual NAACP Image Award  on Wednesday (Jan. 8) and John Legend, Robin Thicke, Janelle Monáe and Alicia Keys lead the pack with four nominations. Legend’s and Thicke’s nominations both include Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Song. Nominations snagged by Keys and Monáe consist of Outstanding Music Video and Outstanding Female Artist.

Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake follow suit with three nominations while Mary J.Blige and India.Arie earn two nods. Newcomers K. Michelle, RaVaughn, Ariana Grande and Candice Glover score Outstanding New Artist nominations.

Surprisingly Tamar Braxton and Fantasia were excluded from the list of nominations. The NAACP members who voted apparently didn’t listen to the radio last year. Both R&B artists had songs dominate the airwaves and countless Billboard charts for most of 2013 and still are atop the charts.

The NAACP Image Awards will celebrate the excellence of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film on Saturday, February 22 on TV One at 9 p.m. EST.

See the list of nominations featuring R&B acts below.

Outstanding New Artist

Ariana Grande
Candice Glover

Outstanding Male Artist

John Legend
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake
Charlie Wilson
Robin Thicke

Outstanding Female Artist

Janelle Monáe
Mary J.Blige

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – “Fire We Make”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z “- “Suit & Tie”
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You”
Mariah Carey feat. Miguel – “#Beautiful”

Outstanding Music Video

Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – “Fire We Make”
John Legend – “Made To Love”
India.Arie – “Cocoa Butter”
Bruno Mars – “Treasure”
Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Outstanding Song

Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines”
John Legend – “All of Me”
Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – “Fire We Make”
Bruno Mars – “Treasure”
Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu – “Q.U.E.E.N.”

Outstanding Album

John Legend – “Love in the Future”
Janelle Monáe “The Electric Lady”
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
Charlie Wilson – Love, Charlie”

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Being Mary Jane
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story [TLC, executive producer (s)]
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
Betty & Coretta – [Mary J.Blige, executive producer]

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Nia Long – “House of Lies”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”
Anna Deavere Smith – “Nurse Jackie”
Brandy Norwood – “The Game”
Rashida Jones – “Parks and Recreation”

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Nicole Beharie – “42”
Jennifer Hudson – “Winnie Mandela”
Halle Berry – “The Call”
Angela Bassett – ‘Black Nativity”
Kerry Washington – “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples”

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

Fruitvale Station
Blue Caprice
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete [Alicia Keys-produced]
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Dallas Buyer’s Club

See the full list of nominations as well.

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Ledisi Announces ‘All The Way’ As New Single

As Ledisi continues to relish on her three deserving Grammy nominations, she selects “All the Way” as the new single from Let Love Rule.

Backed by beautiful strings and a piano, the New Orléans native relies on the attachment from her soulmate to make things right when she’s feeling down about life.

“Love me, with all of your heart / Will you love me / When things get too hard, and I need you more / Make sure you’re sure, that you’ll love me all the way,” sings Ledisi.

“All the Way” is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance while “High” is nominated for Best R&B Performance and Let Love Rule for Best R&B Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

We’ll be rooting for Ledisi and all the other Grammy nominees. The Grammys will air live on Sunday, Jan. 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30–11:00 p.m. ET/4:30–8:00 p.m. PT.

Go “All the Way” with Ledisi below.

Adrian Marcel Announces ‘GMFU Tour’ Dates

Adrian Marcel will hit the road this winter to support his debut album, GMFU (Got Me Fucked Up).

Starting on February 20, the Oakland, Calif. native will bring his smooth vocals to Atlanta at VINYL. He will travel to other cities on the east and west coast including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Sacramento. The tour will conclude on March 8 at New Parish in San Francisco.

Last May, Rated R&B chatted with Marcel about his oft-delayed debut album and his most personal song from the project. “Eastside Story” because it was only two people who had anything to do with it — me and Jan Hancock. We produced it. We wrote it. Arranged it. Recorded it. It was the first record that we recorded in the process of doing this album.”

See his tour dates below.

Tina Turner to Receive 2018 Special Merit Award From The Recording Academy

Music icon Tina Turner will receive her flowers this year. As part of the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards, the Private Dancer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking contributions to the field of recording.

The Queen of Rock and Roll has an impressive Grammy history. The global superstar has racked up a total of eight awards, dating back to 1972, for her “Proud Mary” duet with Ike Turner to her first solo win in 1985 for “What’s Love Got to Do With It” from her Private Dancer album.

Turner isn’t the only one to be honored. Other legendary recipients to include Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, and Queen.

The Recording Academy will hold a special award presentation ceremony and celebratory concert this summer.

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