All Bets Are Off As This Year's NAACP Image Awards Nominations Make For A Tight Race

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Black people thrived in entertainment this year, creating enthralling television and films, and captivating audiences with stellar music and performances. So this year, the winners of the NAACP Image Awards are anyone's guess.

What do you get when you have Beyoncé, Viola Davis, and Chance the Rapper competing for NAACP's Entertainer of the Year Image Award?

A tough situation.

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And that's what every category in this year's awards holds: amazing artists and entertainers going head-to-head. 

The Outstanding Comedy Series category sees Atlanta, Insecure, Black-ish, The Carmichael Show, and Survivor's Remorse facing off, making it impossible to choose who the winner will be––we do not envy the voters. How can you choose between Queen Sugar, Empire, This Is Us, Underground, and Power for Outstanding Drama Series? You can't give them all an award. 

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In a statement announcing the nominations on Tuesday, Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, said, "The Image Awards is the premier showcase for art and advocacy reflecting the depth and diversity of the African-American experience. It is an American prism through which we see a breadth of culture and color reflected in film, television, music and literature in ways that reveal our shared humanity. At a moment when America is so divided, the Image Awards represents an hour that brings us together."

Beyoncé leads with seven nominations and the film Moonlight follows with six.

The awards will be broadcast live on February 11 at 9 p.m. on TV One. Check out the entire list of nominees here. 

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