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Chris Brown and Rihanna both up for NAACP Image Awards

February 10, 2009 | 11:01 am

Chris Brown and Rihanna could be reunited on the red carpet of this Thursday's NAACP Image Awards. The two singing sensations are both nominated as outstanding recording artists at the 40th annual awards show. Voting is still underway by members of the civil rights organization.

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Relations between these onetime lovebirds are anything but civil following the events of early Sunday morning. Brown has been charged with making criminal threats against Rihanna. An altercation allegedly left Rihanna with bruises shortly after the couple left -- in a rented Lamborghini -- the star-studded party thrown annually by recording exec Clive Davis. Both were nominated for Grammy Awards, and Brown was scheduled to sing "Forever"  Sunday night.

Instead, Brown was arrested, charged and released on $50,000 bail. Rihanna was treated for her injuries and is now in seclusion. As reported by Access Hollywood, in a 2007 interview with Giant magazine, Brown spoke candidly of his family’s history with alleged abuse. The magazine wrote, "When he was 11, the R&B star-to-be told his mother that he would go to jail for killing his allegedly abusive stepfather."

When Gold Derby contacted the NAACP Image Awards for an update on whether Brown and/or Rihanna plan to attend Thursday night, a rep said, "We haven't received any word yet." However, both Brown and Rihanna have canceled or postponed other scheduled events this upcoming weekend, so their chances of appearing at the Image Awards looks slim.

At the NAACP Image Awards airing live on Fox Thursday and hosted by Halle Berry and Tyler Perry, Chris Brown — who won best male artist last year — faces off against Common, 2006 champ, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, and will.i.am. For best female artist, Rihanna contends against Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and three-time winner Alicia Keys.

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Critics say NAACP Image Awards tarnished

January 9, 2008 |  9:30 pm

"I am somewhat surprised that Denzel Washington got nominated for best actor in 'The Great Debaters' rather than 'American Gangster,'" says our forums poster pacinofan about the 39th annual NAACP Image Awards. To see other reax, CLICK HERE.

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Washington is a favorite of the Image Awards: he's won 14, including 8 for best actor and 3 for supporting. Now he's not only nommed for lead actor again, but also for directing "Debaters," which leads with the most Image bids (8). "Gangster" is also nominated for best picture and, theoretically, should win, if past voting patterns prevail. Historically, the best-picture award goes to the highest grossing of the contenders — like last year's Image champ "The Pursuit of Happyness." "Gangster" has earned $130 million since being released in early November. "Debaters" has reaped $22 million since opening at Christmastime, but it's not likely to reach "Gangster" heights. Still, "Debaters" is expected to beat "Gangster" here because these, remember, are the Image Awards. Though lauded by critics for his gritty characterization of a drug lord in "Gangster," the nominating committee preferred Washington's performance as an inspirational teacher in "Debaters."

As always, there is debate about the inclusiveness and exclusiveness of these awards that "honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in television, recording, literature and motion pictures." Writing on Blackvoices.com, film critic Wilson Morales said, "The most glaring nomination went to 'A Mighty Heart' and its star Angelina Jolie. Here's a film that was good and well received, but received some controversy for casting Joliie in a role that should have gone to a black actress."

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