Nicci Gilbert - P-Valley-NAACP Image Awards

The nominations for the 2023 NAACP Image Awards have been announced and Nicci Gilbert is disappointed to learn “P-Valley” has received six nods.

Katori Hall’s hit drama series received the following nominations:

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series  – Nicco Annan
  • Outstanding Actress In a Drama Series – Brandee Evans
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – J. Alphonse Nicholson
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Loretta Devine
  • Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album 

Like clockwork, Nicci Gilbert, who shared that she “always wanted” an NAACP Image Award, let everyone know she is “disappointed” by the nominations “P-Valley” received.

In January 2022, the Brownstone singer and television producer filed a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming the hit Starz series, “P-Valley,” is an unauthorized knock-off of her original musical stage play “Soul Kittens Cabaret,” which was released on DVD in 2011. 

The suit, filed in the United States District Court on January 12, 2022, lists Lionsgate, Chernin Entertainment, Starz, creator Katori Hall, executive producer Liz Garcia, and co-producer Patrik-Ian-Polk as defendants. 

Nicci Gilbert’s suit states “P-Valley” and her copyrighted stage play are “striking and substantially similar.”

She alleges the show stole the noir look, unique ploy synopsis, set design, risqué performance venue, and unique characters from “Soul Kittens Cabaret.”

According to Starz, the hit series is based on Katori Hall’s stage play “P***y Valley.” 

Nicci Gilbert took to Twitter writing:

I’ve never been big on Awards. The One Award that I always wanted to win was an @naacpimageaward

I’m a strong woman, but the fact that a show I’ve been in a torturous Intellectual Property battle with since 2020 is nominated for 6 is so disappointing. #Fight4WIRF #Pvalley

I’m not gonna let this ruin my dope as 2023 but while they are giving out all these nominations, Can I get a Court Date? It’s so hard to watch people celebrate this show…#Enough #Fight4WIRF #PVALLEY

Anyone who goes to watches the 50 side by side comparisons…Paired with the fact that I pitched my project to Lionsgate prior to Katori Hall & copyrighted my story 13 years prior to Katori will see they don’t deserve 6 #NAACPImageAward noms #Fight4WIRF

See her original tweets below.

In addition to her ongoing claims against “P-Valley,” Nicci Gilbert recently made headlines after she filmed herself taking down all of the awards she received in connection to Tory Lanez after his conviction.

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