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Marvin Sapp’s “Here I Am” has been nominated for Outstanding Gospel Album for this year’s NAACP Image Awards. The nomination follows Sapp’s wins at the Stellar Awards, including winning Artist of the Year.

The Image Awards is an annual celebration of achievements and performances of people of color in the arts. The show airs at 8 p.m. on March 4 on Fox.

>From the Motor City, “Detroit 1-8-7” has been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series for this year’s NAACP Image Awards.   “1-8-7” faces “Grey’s Anatomy,” “HawthoRNe,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Treme” in the category. It is the only nomination for the show.

Detroit’s own Judge Greg Mathis also landed a nomination in the Outstanding News/Information category for the syndicated judge show “Judge Mathis.”

Other nominees include Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie,” which is nominated for Outstanding Group, Duo or Collaboration in the musical categories; Smokey Robinson’s “Now and Then” for Outstanding Album; Terry McMillan’s “Getting to Happy” for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction; and Jay-Z’s “Decoded” (co-authored by Detroit author Dream Hampton) for Outstanding Literary Work – Autobiography/Biography.

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The Nominees Are:


Comedy Series

“30 Rock” (NBC)

“Are We There Yet?” (TBS)

“Glee” (FOX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Actor in a Comedy Series

David Mann – “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” (TBS)

Dulé Hill – “Psych” (USA)

LaVan Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Phil Morris – “Love That Girl!” (TV One)

Terry Crews – “Are We There Yet?” (TBS)

Actress in a Comedy Series

Cassi Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)

Essence Atkins – “Are We There Yet?” (TBS)

Salli Richardson-Whitfield – “Eureka” (Syfy)

Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl!” (TV One)

Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)

Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special

“America: The Story of Us (Part 4)” (History)

“Filling the Gap” (PBS)

“Luther” (BBC America)

“Sins of the Mother” (Lifetime Movie Network)

“The Wronged Man” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Actor in a Television Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special

Benito Martinez – “Lies in Plain Sight” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)

Jon Seda – “The Pacific” (HBO)

Mahershalalhashbaz Ali – “The Wronged Man” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Michael Jai White – “One Angry Juror” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Jill Scott – “Sins of the Mother” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Lucy Liu – “Marry Me” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Rosie Perez – “Lies in Plain Sight” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Tamera Mowry – “Double Wedding” (Lifetime Movie Network)

Tia Mowry – “Double Wedding” (Lifetime Movie Network)


New Artist

B.o.B (Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

Bruno Mars (Elektra Records)

Jason Derulo (Warner Bros. Records)

Nicki Minaj (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown)

Willow (Roc Nation/Columbia Records)

Male Artist

Cee Lo Green (Elektra Records)

Jay-Z (Roc Nation/Def Jam)

Kanye West (Island Def Jam Music Group)

Ne-Yo (Island Def Jam Music Group)

Usher (Laface/Jive Records)

Female Artist

Chrisette Michele (Island Def Jam Music Group)

Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol Records)

Mary J. Blige (Geffen Records/Matriarch)

Rihanna (Island Def Jam Music Group)

Sade (Epic Records)


“Bittersweet” – Fantasia (J Records)

“Fistful of Tears” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)

“Forget You” – Cee-Lo Green (Elektra Records)

“Soldier of Love” – Sade (Epic Records)

“Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” – Alicia Keys (J Records)


“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” – Kanye West (Island Def Jam Music Group)

“Now and Then” – Smokey Robinson (Saguaro Road/Cracker Barrel/Robso Records)

“Raymond vs. Raymond” – Usher (Laface/Jive Records)

“Soldier of Love” – Sade (Epic Records)

“Wake Up!” – John Legend and The Roots (Columbia Records)


Literary Work -Fiction

“A Taste of Honey” – Jabari Asim (Broadway Books)

“Getting to Happy” – Terry McMillan (Penguin Group)

“Glorious” – Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)

“Till You Hear From Me” – Pearl Cleage (Ballantine Books/One World)

“Wench” – Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Amistad)

Literary Work -Non-Fiction

“Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority” – Tom Burrell (SmileyBooks)

“Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC” – Editors: Faith S. Holsaert, Judy Richardson, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, Dorothy M. Zellner (University of Illinois Press)

“Surviving and Thriving 365 Days in Black Economic History” – Dr. Julianne Malveaux (Last Word Productions, Inc.)

“The History of White People” – Nell Irvin Painter (W.W. Norton & Company)

“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” – Michelle Alexander (The New Press)


Motion Picture

“For Colored Girls” (Lionsgate/34th Street Films)

“Just Wright” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

“The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

“The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features)

“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” (Lionsgate)

Actor in a Motion Picture

Anthony Mackie – “Night Catches Us” (Magnolia Pictures)

Common – “Just Wright” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Denzel Washington – “The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jaden Smith – “The Karate Kid” (Columbia Pictures)

Morgan Freeman – “Red” (Summit Entertainment)

Actress in a Motion Picture

Halle Berry – “Frankie & Alice” (Freestyle Releasing)

Janet Jackson – “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” (Lionsgate)

Kerry Washington – “Night Catches Us” (Magnolia Pictures)

Queen Latifah – “Just Wright” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Zo’ Saldana – “The Losers” (Warner Bros. Pictures)


Documentary (Theatrical or Television)

“For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots” (PBS)

“Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel” (Metaphor Films)

“If God is Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise” (HBO)

“Waiting for “Superman” (Paramount Vantage)

“William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe” (POV)


Writing in a Comedy Series

Aaron McGruder – “The Boondocks” -The Fund-Raiser (Cartoon Network)

Daniel Chun – “The Office” -Nepotism (NBC)

Kenny Smith – “Pair of Kings” -Where the Wild Kings Are (Disney XD)

Myra J. – “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” -Meet the Racist (TBS)

Vali Chandrasekaran – “30 Rock” -Khonani (NBC)


Directing in a Comedy Series

Joe Morton – “Eureka” -Stoned (Syfy)

Justin Lin – “Community” -Modern Warfare (NBC)

Ken Whittingham – “30 Rock” -Anna Howard Shaw Day (NBC)

Kevin Rodney Sullivan – “Modern Family” -Game Changer (ABC)

Michael Schultz – “Chuck” -Chuck vs. “The Couch Lock” (NBC)

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