LOS ANGELES, CA Friday Jan.13.2006 /netmusiccountdown.com/ --
The nominations are in for the 2006 NAACP Image Awards, and Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Alicia Keys lead the music category with four nods a piece.
Carey, West and Keys earned nominations for Outstanding Album, Song and Video. West also scored a nomination for Outstanding Male Artist, while Carey and Keys each received a nod for Outstanding Female Artist.
Contenders for the Outstanding New Artist award include Bobby Valentino, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Leela James and Omarion.
The Black Eyed Peas and Destiny's Child are up for Outstanding Duo or Group.
Other Image Awards nominees include Common, Mary J. Blige, India.Arie, Floetry and Jamie Foxx.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the achievements and performances of people of color in literature, music, television and film. During this year's event -- which airs March 3rd on FOX -- Carlos Santana will be honored and inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame.
For more information, visit www.NAACPImageAwards.net
Here is a list of the music nominees for the 2006 NAACP Image Awards.
"Alicia Keys Unplugged" – Alicia Keys
"The Breakthrough" - Mary J. Blige
"Emancipation of Mimi" – Mariah Carey
"Late Registration" – Kanye West
"So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross" –
Luther Vandross and Various Artists
"Be Without You" – Mary J. Blige
"Diamonds From Sierra Leone" – Kanye West
"I Can't Stop Loving You" – Kem
"Unbreakable" – Alicia Keys
"We Belong Together" – Mariah Carey
OUTSTANDING MUSIC VIDEO
Alicia Keys – "Unbreakable"
Common – "Testify"
Destiny's Child – "Stand Up For Love"
Kanye West – "Diamonds From Sierra Leone"
Mariah Carey – "We Belong Together"
OUTSTANDING NEW ARTIST
OUTSTANDING MALE ARTIST
OUTSTANDING FEMALE ARTIST
Mary J. Blige
OUTSTANDING DUO OR GROUP
The Black Eyed Peas
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Ray Charles and Various Artists
OUTSTANDING JAZZ ARTIST
Onaje Allan Gumbs
OUTSTANDING GOSPEL ARTIST (TRADITIONAL OR
CeCe Winans – "Purified"
Donnie McClurkin – "Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs"
Kirk Franklin – "Hero"
Mary Mary – "Mary Mary"
Yolanda Adams – "Day by Day"
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