46th NAACP Image Awards nominees set

Beverly Hills, CA–The nominees for The 46th Image Awards have been announced. The categories and nominees were announced by Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Alfred Enoch (How To Get Away With Murder), Aja Naomi King (How To Get Away With Murder) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) who were joined by the President/CEO of the NAACP, Cornell William Brooks. In addition, for the first time, the event was live streamed and special commentary was provided by Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight) and Jake Smollett (actor).

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event, which will broadcast live on TV ONE on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 9 pm/8c as a two-hour special. A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8 pm/7c.

“The Image Awards continues the NAACP’s quest to celebrate and uplift individuals who model principles of hard work, perseverance, and community empowerment. I believe this year’s nominees exemplify just that,” said Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “We have enjoyed a great collaboration with TV One and look forward to working with them again this year to create a wonderful evening of entertainment.”

“It was an honor to be part of today’s announcement recognizing the outstanding artistic achievements by members of our community. The NAACP Image Awards is more than just a ceremony, but an institution for artists and social justice pioneers of color”, said Cornell William Brooks, president/CEO, NAACP. “As the Image Awards continues to grow and evolve, the principles of social justice remain at its core.”

ABC and Lifetime lead the nominees in the TV categories with 25 and 16 nominations respectively, followed by BET with 14. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with 10 nominations, followed by RCA with eight nominations and Interscope Records with five nominations. Paramount Pictures leads with 10 nominations, while FOX Searchlight and Universal Pictures both received five nominations in the motion picture categories.

Sponsors for the 46th NAACP Image Awards include AT&T, Bank of America, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Hyundai Motor America, PepsiCo, Southwest Airlines and Wells Fargo. For all information and latest news, visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at www.naacpimageawards.net
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