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NAACP Image Awards 2012: Adele, Chris Brown Nominated

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As reports, last year, 2011, will forever be known as the time that everybody went friggin’ nuts for Adele. The singer has spent a record 16 weeks at the top of the charts, tying the record for the ‘Titanic’ soundtrack — her heart will go on, and on, and on, and on — adding to a long list of accolades far to lengthy to name right now.

Most recently, Adele’s tearjerker, ‘Someone Like You,’ off her sophomore album, ’21,’ has been nominated for for Outstanding Song at the NAACP Image Awards, where artists like Beyonce, Chris Brown, Cee Lo Green, Anthony Hamilton, Wynter Gordon, Common and Lupe Fiasco, among others, are nominated. But we’ll say that again, Adele has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, according to Billboard.

It’s no secret that ‘Someone Like You’ is an undeniable, transcendent force of nature, able to pry the tears from even the most stoic pair of eyeballs — as evidenced by a spot-on parody given on ‘SNL.’ Even so, that doesn’t change the fact that Adele is unquestionably white and nominated for an award meant to celebrate the achievements of African Americans.

The award has honored white folk in the past — Eminem and Justin Timberlake to name a couple. But, yeah, that song is so, so good.

Aside from Adele’s nomination this year, gives a rundown of the other nominees, including Jennifer Hudson, Diggy Simmons, Bruno Mars and Mary J. Blige. The NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast on NBC on Feb. 17 at 8PM EST.

Check the artists receiving nods below.

Outstanding Song
‘Best Thing I Never Had,’ Beyonce
‘Fool for You,’ Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona
‘I Smile,’ Kirk Franklin
‘So In Love,’ Jill Scott feat. Anthony Hamilton
‘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
Diggy Simmons
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Mindless Behavior
Wynter Gordon

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

Outstanding Female Artist
Jennifer Hudson
Jill Scott
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,’ Beyonce
‘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

Watch Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ Video

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