Jennifer Hudson Leads NAACP Image Awards with Seven Nods

01/07/2009 at 05:05 PM EST

Jennifer Hudson Leads NAACP Image Awards with Seven Nods
Jennifer Hudson
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They can act and they can sing. And now Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Beyonce Knowles are getting recognized for both talents.

The trio received NAACP Image Award nominations Wednesday in both film and music categories. Hudson, who is still grieving the loss of her mother, brother and nephew, leads the pack with seven nominations, followed by Knowles with six.

All three women face off in the outstanding female music artist, best music video and for outstanding supporting actress. Hudson and Keys were nominated for their work in The Secret Life of Bees, and Knowles for her role in Cadillac Records.

Both films were nominated for Best Picture, along with Miracle at St. Anna, Seven Pounds and Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys.

The NAACP Vanguard Award will be presented to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons.

Previous Image Award winners Halle Berry and Tyler Perry will host the 40th NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles, airing live on FOX.

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