Bay Area actress and recording artist Zendaya and award-winning film “Fruitvale Station are among the nominees for the 45th NAACP Image Awards, which recognize the talents and accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, and film and also honors individuals for their contributions to social justice.
Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Feb. 22, which will be televised on TV One.
Zendaya – signed with Hollywood Records – was nominated for Outstanding New Artist, along with recent American Idol winner Candice Glover, Ariana Grande, K. Michelle, and RaVaughn Brown. Her current self-titled album features the singles “Replay” and “My Baby.” She was also nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program for the Disney TV show “Shake It Up.”
A native of Oakland, Zendaya’s rising star status began as a student at the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and later with a starring role as “Rocky” on “Shake It Up.”
She recently tweeted, “So honored to be included with such amazing artists! Thanks @naacpimageaward!”
The emotion-filled film “Fruitvale Station,” an award-winning debut for director Ryan Coogler, was nominated in five categories for the NAACP Image Awards. Produced by The Weinstein Company, the movie opened in theatres nationwide last summer to rave reviews. It depicts the last day of the life of Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot by a BART police officer at Fruitvale station in Oakland on New Years Day 2009.
“Fruitvale Station” was nominated for Outstanding Motion Picture; Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture with Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture with Octavia Spencer as Oscar’s mother Wanda Johnson; Outstanding Independent Motion Picture; and Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture with director Ryan Coogler.
Other nominees include Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” “The Best Man Holiday,” ABC’s “Scandal,” BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” OWN’s “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” Beyonce, John Legend, and Mariah Carey.
For the list of all nominees, visit www.naacpimageawards.net.