Janet Jackson Leads 2016 NAACP Image Awards Music Nominations

Published: Wednesday 9th Dec 2015 by Sam

The Grammys may have snubbed Pop queen Janet Jackson this year, but the 2016 NAACP Image Awards are embracing the legend warmly.

Nominations for the 47th annual ceremony have just been announced and Ms. Jackson officially leads the music pack with six honors – including noms for ‘No Sleeep’ and its chart-topping parent album ‘Unbreakable.’

Following Jackson are The Weeknd and the Empire cast, who earned four nominations each.

Check out the full list of music nominees below…

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Conqueror,” Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)
“Hamilton: An American Musical,” Original Broadway Cast (Atlantic Records)
“No Sleeep,” Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
“One Man Can Change The World,” Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings)
“Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“BrotherLEE Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan,”  Terell Stafford Quintet (Capri Records)
“Dee Dee’s Feathers,” Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Okeh)
“Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4,”  Miles Davis (Columbia/Legacy Recordings)
“The Complete Concert By The Sea,” Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings/Octave Music Publishing Corporation)
The Epic,” Kamasi Washington (Brainfeeder)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
“A Different Place,” Kim Burrell (Shanachie Entertainment)
“It’s Personal,” Tina Campbell (Gee Tree Creative)
“Losing My Religion,” Kirk Franklin (RCA Inspiration)
“The Gospel According To Jazz – Chapter IV,” Kirk Whalum (Mack Avenue Records, Rendezvous, Top Drawer Records)
“You Shall Live,” Marvin Sapp (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd (Republic Records)
“Freedom,” Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)
“No Sleeep,” Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
“Shame,” Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)
“Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes (ATO Records)

Outstanding New Artist
Andra Day (Warner Bros. Records)
Judith Hill (NPG Records)
Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)
The Weeknd (Republic Records)
Yazz (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope)
Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)
The Weeknd (Republic Records)
Tyrese Gibson (Voltron Recordz)

Outstanding Female Artist
Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)
Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)
Lalah Hathaway (Hathaway Entertainment/Entertainment One)
Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“Back Together,” Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)
“Everytime I’m With You,” Seal (Reprise Records)
“Feeling Good,” Lauryn Hill (RCA Records)
“Goodnight Kisses,” Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
“Let It Burn,” Jazmine Sullivan (RCA Records)

Outstanding Album
“Beauty Behind the Madness,” The Weeknd (Republic Records)
“Empire (Original Soundtrack from Season One),” Empire Cast (Columbia Records)
“Forever Charlie,” Charlie Wilson (RCA Records)
“Unbreakable,” Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
“Woman,” Jill Scott (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“Conqueror, “Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia)
“Freedom” – Pharrell Williams (Columbia Records/iamOTHER)
“No Sleeep,” Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
“Unbreakable,” Janet Jackson (Rhythm Nation/BMG)
“You’re So Beautiful,” Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)

CLICK HERE to see full list of nominations!


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  1. Weezy Tha Goat December 9, 2015

    Congrats, she deserves it.

    • Fancy BISH December 9, 2015

      Yaaaaaaaaas 🙂

  2. Julien December 9, 2015

    Deborah C**’s “More Than I Knew” should’ve been nominated.

    • Ciah’s Turtle December 9, 2015

      never met her

  3. Lake Erie December 9, 2015

    Congratulations Janet!!!!!

  4. Indie December 9, 2015

    Congratulations Janet, this is more like it!!! She deserves it, Unbreakable is the best album out in 2015!

  5. Dial it up December 9, 2015

    Oop, looks like Ciara is once again omitted. How does that taste Z-squad LOL. Seriously though, did

    • Dial it up December 9, 2015

      Ciara p*** someone off?

    • #JACKIE December 9, 2015

      WOW your pressed and obsessed sis. F*** NAACP’s Rachel Dolezal supporting asses.

      • Dial it up December 9, 2015

        Lol When award shows ignore’s ones fav, “They proclaim them irrelevant”..lol

      • #JACKIE December 9, 2015

        You’re irrelevant sis.

  6. Career Ender December 9, 2015

    what in the world of God is this ugly warthog nominated for?
    the ugliest pop star with a botched plastic surgery?
    bye muppet jigsaw Jackson

  7. StrawberryMuffin24 December 9, 2015

    Go Janet,Yazz,Tyrese and Jazmine Sullivan I hope they all win!

  8. Cizer December 9, 2015

    Why didn’t they nominate Ciara. Neither the Grammys or them nominated her. They must’ve forgot how epic her performances are and there could’ve been a tribute. But I’m sure Ciara probably doesn’t even care about awards anymore she’s probably in a different place in life with her relationship and being a mother anyway and that’s probably more important

    • Ciah’s Turtle December 9, 2015


      A disappointed stan

  9. MsYonce December 9, 2015

    Congrats Janet??

  10. 2bad2bme December 9, 2015

    Why is that cheesy Empire album being nominated for everything? Jazmine Sullivan’s “Reality Show” should have took it’s place and actually won!

  11. Career Ender December 9, 2015

    ADELE just scalped Basic Swift in 2 weeks I am living!!!!!
    what a time to be alive!!!!!!!

  12. Ciah’s Turtle December 9, 2015

    I’m just happy to see Jazmine getting recognition

  13. ka December 9, 2015

    Why janet was snubbed keep coming up, janet will be nominated next year when it is eligible dead line was missed this year all can cool down!

    • Dontazz December 9, 2015

      I think because All of her singles were eligible for the Grammys.. The album did miss the deadline tho

  14. OMG Logic!!! December 9, 2015

    An award show where only Black people can be nominated? Can you imagine the firestorm if there were an award show with only White nominees? Hell, the Oscars and Grammys get sh1t every year because not enough Black nominees appear on the lists (despite the Black population only being 13% of America). Yet no one bats an eyelash at the 70%+ of Basketball athletes being Black, nor in at the NFL’s 64%+ total athletes being Black.

    • dre December 10, 2015

      Ummm you know people like Tina Marie and Justin Timberlake have been nominated

    • Ann December 15, 2015

      And there enlies the problem. Blks 13% pop but set the stage for hip hop Rnb music and if no one said anything whites 87% population would total whitewash the music culture and that’s scary!

  15. TrinaAllDay December 10, 2015

    Its about time, I’m glad to see an award ceremony, that’s going to reconize artist for their talent, consistency, and real effort?? Its like most of these award shows are really only just popularity contests.?

  16. Sandra December 15, 2015

    Janet’s album is trash! The world agrees, its miserable sales tells me no one bought it!

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