01/07/2009 AT 05:05 PM EST
They can act and they can sing. And now Jennifer Hudson
, Alicia Keys
and Beyonce Knowles
are getting recognized for both
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.