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.

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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Justine Skye Teams with /Nyden for Clothing Collection

The fashion world is calling Justine Skye. The Brooklyn starlet joins forces with /Nyden to co-create a clothing collection that will launch this fall.

The non-traditional fashion brand is giving Skye the green light to design a line of 15 distinct pieces to her liking. Creative Director of /Nyden Stina Force is excited about Skye incorporating her eye-catching style and artistic vision with their brand.

“Justine’s minimalistic yet extremely colorful personality makes her a perfect tribe leader for /Nyden,” said Force. “It has been so much fun working with Justine and watching her channel one of her many talents – fashion design – into creating playful yet striking clothes for her current and future fans.”

Skye is equally as excited about the partnership with /Nyden. “As an artist, I understand the importance of self-expression. What we wear says a lot about who we are and I’m very excited to team up with /Nyden to design clothing that help people communicate their strength and independence to the world,” said Skye. “/Nyden and I are on the same wavelength. Working together, updating classic styles to be ultra-modern and feminine for the young women of today. This collaboration allows me to be authentic and true to who I am, a creator.”

Skye isn’t new to the fashion industry. She was announced as a brand ambassador for True Religion and PrettyLittleThing last year. She also sported striking outfits on her Ultraviolet Tour to support her debut album under the same name earlier this spring.

To receive updates on Skye’s capsule collection, visit Nyden.com.

Chloe x Halle to Perform at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Chloe x Halle will grace the stage at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards next month. The sister duo is scheduled to take the stage to perform “Warrior” from the A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack. They’ll also promote their debut album The Kids Are Alright with a medley.

Halle shared what inspired them to pen “Warrior” for the Disney film in the April issue of NYLON magazine. “We watched the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, the word that stood out to us was ‘warrior’ And we kind of just wrote a love letter to ourselves as young girls and what we want to be, and it came out to be ‘Warrior,’” said Halle.

Chloe x Halle are also nominated for Best Group at the 2018 BET Awards. Their critically-acclaimed debut album The Kids Are Alright is still receiving rave reviews.

Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, the MTV Movie & TV Awards will air on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

Jamie Foxx to Host 2018 BET Awards

Jamie Foxx will return as the host of the 2018 BET Awards. This will be his second time hosting the BET Awards since 2009.

Foxx joins an A-List roster of comedians who have hosted the ceremony, including Leslie Jones, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker.

The Unpredictable singer has a busy year ahead of him. He will star in Lionsgate’s action-adventure Robin Hood, which hits theaters November 21. He is also working on his directorial debut in the upcoming film, All-Star Weekend, which he wrote and stars in.

The 2018 BET Awards nominations were announced last week with Rihanna and SZA among the top nominees. R&B newbies H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar scored their first-ever nominations, including Best New Artist.

The 2018 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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