Alicia Keys Up For Seven NAACP Image Awards

Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, India.Arie, Aaliyah also receive multiple nods.

Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson and Jill Scott lead the pack of music artists receiving nominations for this year’s NAACP Image Awards.

Sultry R&B chanteuse Keys is at the top of the list with seven. She picked up nods for Outstanding Album for Songs in A Minor, Outstanding New Artist, Outstanding Music Video (directed by Chris Robinson) and Outstanding Songwriter for “Fallin’,” Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Songwriter (with Erika Rose) for “A Woman’s Worth” and Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special for her showing on the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.

Jackson received five nominations: Outstanding Album and Outstanding Male Artist for Invincible; Outstanding Song and Outstanding Music Video for “You Rock My World” (directed by Paul Hunter) and Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special for “Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special.” That show received its own nomination in the category of Outstanding Variety Series/Special.

Jill Scott was nominated four times: Outstanding Album and Outstanding Female Artist for Experience: Jill Scott, Outstanding Song (with Keith Pelzer) for “He Loves Me” and
Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special for the 2001 “Soul Train” Lady of Soul Awards.

India.Arie and Aaliyah received three nominations each. Arie was recognized in the categories of Outstanding Album for Acoustic Soul and Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Female Artist for “Video.” Aaliyah’s self-titled third album was nominated for Outstanding Album and Outstanding Female Artist, and “Rock the Boat” (directed by Hype Williams) is up for Outstanding Music Video.

In non-music categories, Will Smith was nominated for Outstanding Literary Work – Children’s for “Just the Two of Us,” and he’ll face off against Tyrese for the title of Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for “Ali” and “Baby Boy,” respectively. Both movies were nominated for Outstanding Motion Picture. Ice-T and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will compete in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for their work in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Soul Food,” respectively.

There are 41 categories in the NAACP Image Awards, which cover motion pictures, television, music and literature. The winners are determined by a panel of over 300 entertainment business professionals and NAACP leaders.

The 33rd annual event will be held February 23 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and broadcast March 1 on Fox.

The complete list of 2002 NAACP Image Awards nominees in the fields of music and TV variety specials, according to the NAACP Web site:

Outstanding Artist:


  • Alicia Keys – “Fallin’ ”
  • Bilal – 1st Born Second
  • City High – “Caramel”
  • India.Arie – “Video”
  • Nelly Furtado – “Turn Off the Light”

Outstanding Album:


  • Aaliyah – Aaliyah
  • Acoustic Soul – India.Arie
  • Experience: Jill Scott – Jill Scott
  • Invincible – Michael Jackson
  • Songs in A Minor – Alicia Keys

Outstanding Song:


  • “A Woman’s Worth” – Alicia Keys & Erika Rose
  • “Fallin’ ” – Alicia Keys
  • “He Loves Me” – Jill Scott & Keith Pelzer
  • “Love” – Taalib Johnson (Musiq Soulchild), Andre Harris & Carvin Haggins
  • “You Rock My World” – Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels & Nora Payne

Outstanding Male Artist:


  • Babyface – Face 2 Face
  • Brian McKnight – Superhero
  • Luther Vandross – “Take You Out”
  • Maxwell – “Lifetime”
  • Michael Jackson – Invincible

Outstanding Female Artist:


  • Aaliyah – Aaliyah
  • Alicia Keys – “A Woman’s Worth”
  • India.Arie – “Video”
  • Janet Jackson – All For You
  • Jill Scott – Experience: Jill Scott

Outstanding Duo or Group:


  • Destiny’s Child – Survivor
  • Kirk Franklin & Jill Scott – “Kingdom Come”
  • Outkast – “So Fresh, So Clean”
  • The Isley Brothers – Eternal
  • The O’Jays – For the Love …

Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Artist:


  • DMX – “Who We Be”
  • Ja Rule – “Livin’ It Up”
  • Outkast – “So Fresh, So Clean”
  • Sean “P. Diddy” Combs – P. Diddy & the Bad Boy Family – The Saga Continues …
  • Tyrese – 2000 Watts

Outstanding Music Video:


  • “All For You” – Janet Jackson (directed by Dave Meyers)
  • “Contagious” – The Isley Brothers (directed by Bille Woodruff)
  • “Fallin’ ” – Alicia Keys (directed by Chris Robinson)
  • “Rock the Boat” – Aaliyah (directed by Hype Williams)
  • “You Rock My World” – Michael Jackson (directed by Paul Hunter)

Outstanding Variety Series/Special:


  • “Access Granted”
  • “Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special”
  • The 2001 Essence Awards
  • “Testimony”
  • “VH1 Divas Live 2001: Aretha Franklin”

Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special:


  • Alicia Keys – The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards
  • Donnie McClurkin & Yolanda Adams – The 2001 Essence Awards
  • Jill Scott – The 2001 “Soul Train” Lady of Soul Awards
  • Michael Jackson – “Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration”
  • Tyrese – “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”

Outstanding Jazz Artist:


  • Boney James – Ride
  • Branford Marsalis – Creation
  • Dianne Reeves – The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan
  • Patti Austin – On the Way to Love
  • Quincy Jones – Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones

Outstanding Gospel Artist – Traditional:


  • Dottie Peoples – Dottie Peoples’ Greatest Hits
  • LFT Church Choir With Hezekiah Walker – Love Is Live!
  • Richard Smallwood With Vision- Persuaded: Live in D.C.
  • Shirley Caesar – Hymns
  • Blind Boys of Alabama – Spirit of the Century

Outstanding Gospel Artist – Contemporary


  • Bishop T.D. Jakes & the Potters’ House Mass Choir- The Storm Is Over
  • CeCe Winans – CeCe Winans
  • Kirk Franklin – “Kingdom Come” soundtrack
  • Tramaine Hawkins – Still Tramaine
  • Yolanda Adams – Believe