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.

OUTSTANDING ALBUM
"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

OUTSTANDING SONG
"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
Bobby Valentino
Chris Brown
Keyshia Cole
Leela James
Omarion

OUTSTANDING MALE ARTIST
Common
Jamie Foxx
Kanye West
Kem
Stevie Wonder

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ARTIST
Alicia Keys
India.Arie
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
Toni Braxton

OUTSTANDING DUO OR GROUP
The Black Eyed Peas
Destiny's Child
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Floetry
Ray Charles and Various Artists

OUTSTANDING JAZZ ARTIST
Billy Miles
Jermaine Gardner
Mike Phillips
Najee
Onaje Allan Gumbs

OUTSTANDING GOSPEL ARTIST (TRADITIONAL OR
CONTEMPORARY)
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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