Jazzmeia Horn, Kenny Garrett, Brandee Younger and more nominated for NAACP Image Awards

Jazzmeia Horn, Kenny Garrett and Brandee Younger are among the jazz artists nominated for this year’s NAACP Image Awards.

The annual awards ceremony presented by the U.S.-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honours outstanding performances in film, television, theatre, music, and literature.

The 53rd annual NAACP Image Awards take place Feb. 26.

The nominees for outstanding instrumental jazz album are Jazmin Ghent’s Forever… Jaz, Nathan Mitchell’s Love Languages, Brandee Younger’s Somewhere Different, Kenny Garrett’s Sounds From the Ancestors and Orrin Evans’ The Magic of Now.

The nominees for outstanding vocal jazz album are Jazzmeia Horn’s Dear Love, the Baylor Project’s Generations, Ledisi’s Ledisi Sings Nina, Freda Payne’s Let There Be Love and Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta’s Salswing.

Meanwhile, nominations for outstanding motion picture include The United States vs. Billie Holiday and the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect. Jennifer Hudson and Andra Day are both nominated for outstanding actress awards for their starring roles in those films. Respect is also nominated for outstanding ensemble cast in a motion picture, while The United States vs. Billie Holiday is also nominated for outstanding soundtrack/compilation album.

Questlove’s documentary Summer of Soul is nominated for outstanding documentary and outstanding breakthrough creative (motion picture).

You can see the full list of nominees here.


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