The 2017 NAACP Image Awards nominations were released today (December 13) and highlight some of Hip Hop’s favorite entertainers this year.
Chance The Rapper is prepping for an exciting awards season with his seven Grammy noms, and now he’s up for several Image Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Outstanding New Artist, and Outstanding Album, where Coloring Book will go up against Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. The two will also face off in the Outstanding Male Artist category, along with Bruno Mars, Anthony Hamilton and Maxwell.
Donald Glover’s Atlanta continues its run in awards nominations as it gets a handful of nods for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. The rapper-actor can also win Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Glover, who makes music as Childish Gambino, just won Best Actor in a Comedy Series at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Issa Rae’s Insecure was recognized by the NAACP with a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
After blasting the Golden Globes for snubbing Power, 50 Cent might be able to find solace in knowing that his Starz series received three nominations from the NAACP. The show is up for Outstanding Drama Series, with Omari Hardwick nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series and Naturi Naughton in contention for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
The Game’s Streets of Compton documentary special with A&E is in contention to win Outstanding Documentary (Television) and the Ava DuVernay-directed Netflix program 13th is in the running for Outstanding Documentary (Film).
Other musicians nominated for the awards include Beyonce, Solange and Alicia Keys.
Last year, despite only receiving an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay, Straight Outta Compton took home the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture and O’Shea Jackson Jr. won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his portrayal of his father, Ice Cube, in the movie based on N.W.A’s mainstream run.
Read the entire list of 2017 NAACP Image Awards here.