Kanye Gets Four NAACP Nominations

Kanye West earned four nominations for the recording category of the 2006 NAACP Image Awards.

The Roc-A-Fella MC was nominated for Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Music Video and Song for "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," as well as, Outstanding Album for Late Registration.

West will compete against Common, who was also nominated for Outstanding Music Video for "Testify" and Outstanding Male Artist.

The award nominations were announced yesterday (Jan. 10) in Beverly Hills, California by a star-studded cast including Aisha Tyler, Kimberly Elise and Randy Jackson of American Idol fame.

Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice.

This year, more than 1200 entries were received.

From those entries, a special committee of 300 industry professionals and NAACP leaders from across the country selected five nominees in each category.

The final selections are voted on by NAACP members, and winners will be announced during the taping of the 37th NAACP Image Awards.

The 37th NAACP Image Awards will tape February 25th at the Shrine Auditorium and broadcast on Friday, March 3rd from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EST on FOX.