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Beyonce, Adele, Chris Brown Up for NAACP Image Awards

Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco also nominated

January 20, 2012 8:40 AM ET
Beyonce Knowles attends the Beyonce Pulse fragrance launch at Macy's Herald Square in New York City.
Beyonce Knowles attends the Beyonce Pulse fragrance launch at Macy's Herald Square in New York City.
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Beyoncé, Adele, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars and Cee Lo Green are all in the running for top music awards at the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards on February 17th. Beyoncé is nominated for Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album for her record 4, while Mars, Brown, Green and Common are all up for Outstanding Male Artist. Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, Ledisi and Mary J. Blige are also nominated for Outstanding Album alongside Beyoncé.

Though the NAACP is traditionally designed to honor "the accomplishments of people of color," Adele is nevertheless nominated for Outstanding Song and Music Video for her smash hit "Someone Like You."

Photos: Random Notes

The complete music nominations for the NAACP Image Awards are as follows. The ceremony will be broadcast on NBC on February 17th at 8 p.m. ET.

Outstanding Song
"Best Thing I Never Had" - Beyonce
"Fool for You" feat. Melanie Fiona - Cee Lo Green
"I Smile" - Kirk Franklin
"So In Love" feat. Anthony Hamilton - Jill Scott
"Someone Like You" - Adele

Outstanding Album
4 - Beyonce
F.A.M.E.  - Chris Brown
I Remember Me - Jennifer Hudson
Lasers - Lupe Fiasco
The Light of the Sun - Jill Scott

Outstanding New Artist
Committed
Diggy Simmons
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Mindless Behavior
Wynter Gordon

Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton
Bruno Mars
Cee Lo Green
Chris Brown
Common

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyonce
Jennifer Hudson
Jill Scott
Ledisi
Mary J. Blige

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Boyz II Men
Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona
Mary J. Blige feat. Drake
Sounds of Blackness
The Roots

Outstanding Music Video
"25/8" - Mary J. Blige
"Hear My Call" - Jill Scott
"I Was Here" - Beyoncé
"Someone Like You" - Adele
"Where You At" - Jennifer Hudson

Outstanding Jazz Album
Chano y Dizzy - Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez
Friends - Stanley Jordan
Guitar Man - George Benson
Legacy - Gerald Wilson
Road Show Vol. 2 - Sonny Rollins

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
Becoming - Yolanda Adams
Church on the Moon - Deitrick Haddon
Hello Fear - Kirk Franklin
Something Big - Mary Mary
The Journey - Andrae Crouch

Outstanding World Music Album
Afrodiaspora - Susana Baca
Carnival Fever - Brother B
Live at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Boukman Eksperyans
Sounds of Blackness - Sounds of Blackness
The First Grader  - Alex Heffes

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