Singer Miguel (L), Tatyana Ali and Bruno Mars (R). (Photos/Getty Images)

Latinos among those nominated for NAACP Image Awards

Bruno Mars, Tatyana Ali and Miguel have each made their mark as outstanding entertainers and their work has been honored by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with Image Award nominations.

The 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards is a multi-cultural awards ceremony that celebrates achievement in television, music, literature, film as well as individuals and groups that promote social justice through the arts.

Both Bruno Mars and Miguel have been nominated for “Outstanding Male Artist,” a category that includes musical stars Lupe Fiasco, Usher and Trey Songz.

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Mars – of mixed Filipino and Puerto Rican heritage – and Miguel, whose mother is African American and father is Mexican – are also being nominated for “Outstanding Music Video.”

“Locked Out Of Heaven,” a single from Mars’ sophomore album “Unorthodox Jukebox,” has also earned a nomination for “Outstanding Song.”

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Tatyana Ali earned nominations for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” and “Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series” for her work on the sitcom “Love That Girl.”

Fellow television star Erik Valdez – of “General Hospital – has been nominated for “Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series.”

The NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Feb. 1 on NBC. Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Laz Alonso and Samuel L. Jackson are among the ceremony’s presenters, which will also include performances by Common and Gladys Knight.

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