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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Tinashe Sets Release Date for New Album ‘Joyride’

Let us rejoice! Tinashe’s oft-delayed sophomore album, Joyride, will finally see the light next month.

The singer has announced her new project will release on April 13 via RCA Records. She also unveiled the official artwork, which shows her in a dress with a jetpack attached. “The wait is over,” she captioned on Twitter.

Joyride will include previous singles “No Drama” featuring Offset and “Faded Love” featuring Future.

The LP is the follow-up to Tinashe’s debut album, Aquarius, which released in 2014.


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Mya Announces New Album ‘TKO’ + Previews New Single ‘Damage’

Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since Mya released her self-titled debut album? The R&B veteran will celebrate this milestone with a brand new album. Titled TKO (The Knock Out), Mya’s eighth studio album is set to release on April 20, just one day before the 20th anniversary of Mya. 

The album will feature her previous singles “Ready for Whatever,“Ready, Pt. II” and “You Got Me.” Before TKO drops, Mya will release another single called “Damage” on March 23. The sultry song is available for pre-order now.

TKO will follow Mya’s 2016 album, Smoove Jones, which was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Listen to a snippet of the record on Amazon.

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Kali Uchis Announces Debut Album ‘Isolation’

Rising soul artist Kali Uchis will release her debut album, Isolation, on April 6 via Interscope Records.

The Colombian-American singer shared the news moments before making her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where she performed “After the Storm” with Tyler, The Creator.

“Wow you just dunno how amazed I was to finally announce my FIRST ALBUM!!! & to perform my song for the first time on TV!! thank you so much everyone who has been supportive & open to growing with me,” Uchis wrote on Instagram.

Isolation will go on presale on March 23.

Uchis was nominated for a Grammy this year for her guest vocals on Daniel Caesar’s hit single “Get You.”

Watch Kali Uchis perform “After the Storm” below.

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