Beyonce tops NAACP Image Award nominations


December 15, 2016
@Normal:Beyonce arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28, 2016, in New York.
@Normal:Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.


BeyoncE leads the field in the NAACP Image Award nominations, but there's a friendly rival close behind: sister Solange.

BeyoncE received seven nominations for the 48th annual Image Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, outstanding Female Artiste, and Best Album, for Lemonade.

Last week, she topped the Grammy Award nominations with nine bids.

Solange earned five Image Award nods, including for Female Artist and Best Album, A Seat at the Table.

Other top nominees include Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar, with four bids each.

Birth of a Nation film-maker Nate Parker and Atlanta TV series creator Donald Glover both proved triple-threat contenders, each earning nominations as writer, director, and stars of their respective projects.

Competing with Birth of a Nation for Best Movie are Fences, Hidden Figures, Loving, and Moonlight.

Among TV series, Atlanta, Black-ish, Insecure, Survivor's Remorse, and The Carmichael Show will vie for comedy honours.

Best drama series nods went to Empire, Power, Queen Sugar, This Is Us, and Underground.

BeyoncE's competitors in the Entertainer of the Year category are Viola Davis, Regina King, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, and Chance the Rapper.

For the outstanding Female Artiste Title, she and Knowles are nominated along with Alicia Keys, Fantasia, and K. Michelle.

Top Male Artiste Nominees are Anthony Hamilton, Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Maxwell.

The NAACP Image Awards honour accomplishments of people of colour working in TV, music, literature, and film, and also recognise people and groups that promote social justice through creative endeavours. LeBron James is to receive the NAACP Jackie Robinson Sports Award, the civil rights group said.

The February 11 ceremony, airing on TV One, will be hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson.