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Knowles, Keys and Hudson nominated for Image Awards

Beyoncé Knowles, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson are all multi-tasking for the 40th NAACP Image Awards, earning nominations yesterday in both music and film categories.

Knowles, Keys and Hudson are competing against one another for outstanding female music artist and for best music video. The three also are nominated for supporting film actress, Keys and Hudson for "The Secret Life of Bees" and Knowles for "Cadillac Records." Hudson had seven nominations overall, six in music categories, while Knowles had six, five of them for music, The Associated Press reports.

"Cadillac Records" and "The Secret Life of Bees" are best-picture contenders, along with " Miracle at St. Anna," "Seven Pounds" and " Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys." "The Secret Life of Bees" leads the film side with eight nominations, followed by "Cadillac Records" with seven.

"Cadillac Records" grabbed three of the five supporting-actor slots, for Cedric the Entertainer, Columbus Short and Mos Def.

Perry films earned two best-actress slots, for Alfre Woodard in "The Family That Preys" and Angela Bassett in "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns." They are up against Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah for "The Secret Life of Bees" and Rosario Dawson for "Seven Pounds." Nominated for lead film actor were Derek Luke, "Miracle at St. Anna"; Don Cheadle, "Traitor"; Jeffrey Wright, "Cadillac Records"; Rob Brown, "The Express"; and Will Smith, "Seven Pounds."

The Image Awards honoring diversity in the arts will air live Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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