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40th NAACP Image Awards nominees announced

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 Actress/singer Beyonce has plenty to smile about these days. The nominations for the 40th NAACP Image Awards were announced in Beverly Hills today. Beyonce’s name was mentioned five times in connection with her hot new album “I Am…Sasha Fierce.” The entertainer received a sixth nomination for her supporting role in the film “Cadillac Records.”

Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson received seven nomination and is competing against Beyonce in a number of music categories. Also, Hudson is going head-to-head with Beyonce in the best supporting film actress category. Hudson was nominated for her performance in “The Secret Life of Bees.”

In the best motion picture category “Cadillac Records” will compete against “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Miracle at St. Anna,” “Seven Pounds,” and “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys.” Perry scored six nominations for his television series, “Tyler Perry’s House of Pain,” including best comedy series. The other TV comedies in that category are, “Ugly Betty,” “The Game,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “30 Rock.” For best TV drama the nominations went to “The Wire,” “The Unit,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House,” and “Lincoln Heights.”

The NAACP received 12 hundred entries for the five slots in each of the 53 categories. The organization’s membership will vote for the winners who will be announced during an awards show, Thursday February 12, 2009 on Fox. The 40th NAACP Image Awards broadcast will be hosted by actress Halle Berry and screenwriter/actor Tyler Perry.

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