Samara Joy and Terri Lyne Carrington among 2023 NAACP Image Awards nominees

Samara Joy and Terri Lyne Carrington 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 54th annual NAACP Image Awards take place Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023.

The nominees for outstanding vocal jazz album are Adam Blackstone’s Legacy, Samara Joy’s Linger Awhile, Aimée Allen’s Love and the Catalyst, Terri Lyne Carrington’s New Standards, Vol. 1, and the Baylor Project’s The Evening: Live at Apparatus. Adam Blackstone is also nominated for outstanding new artist.

The nominees for outstanding instrumental jazz album are Boney James’s Detour; Henry Franklin, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Young’s JID014; Kaelin Ellis’s The Funk Will Prevail; Javon Jackson’s The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni; and Ragan Whiteside’s Thrill Ride.

Meanwhile, Terence Blanchard’s score for The Woman King is nominated for best soundtrack/compilation album. The film itself, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, is nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards, including outstanding motion picture alongside Tyler Perry’s A Jazzman’s Blues.

You can see the full list of nominees here.


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