Alright, so let’s get into these R&B nominees.
So there are like 5 big categories for R&B. Only maybe one of the five is actually televised. So I’m not sure which category (if any) will be televised so I’m just do em all. So this is the first time that I’m not really sure about the R&B categories. I know the artist, but I’ll admit, I just don’t think some of the R&B nomnees are as deserving as the other, but meh, I’m not a voter, so I’m just go with who I like and my gut.
First: BEST R&B ALBUM:
So I like R&B music, but I freely admit that I really have no skin in the game in this category. I love all the artist, but IMHO, for at least 3 of em, I would say it’s not even their BEST album. If I had to choose, I’d chose Chrisette Michele, one cause I love CM, two cause IMHO, Girl On Fire is Alicia Key’s WEAKEST album to date and the only saving grace is the Maxwell collabo “Fire We Make” (and actually he could have done it without her). Faith Evans and John Legend both have had BETTER albums. Let’s not even talk about TGT. R&B “Supergroups” should have ended with LSG, I’m just sayin’. My pick: Chrisette Michele. My sister Robin’s pick…same.
What’s your pick FB?
1. R&B Divas – Faith Evans
2. Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
3. Love In The Future – John Legend
4. Better – Chrisette Michele
5. Three Kings- TGT
Next Category: BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
Ok, so I’ll be honest, 2 of the nominees I’ve never even heard of (sorry Salaam Remi and Mack Wilds ). So my money is on one of the 3 lady nominees. Of the 3 I’d put even money on Tamar or Fantasia. If I had my way, Fantasia all the way for “Lose to Win” alone, but “Without Me” is a banga, but Tamar’s “Love and War” has been everywhere. As for Rihanna’s “Unapologetic”, somebody tell me 1 song other than “Pour It Up” and “Stay” on that album that was even worth listening to (besides Ri-Ri should thank each and every producer on every album she’s ever released. She is def a case where the hits are what sells the album, not the singin). My personal pick: Fanny all the way…but I’d be okay with Tamar too. What’s your pick?
BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM
- Love And War – Tamar Braxton
- Side Effects Of You – Fantasia
- One: In The Chamber – Salaam Remi
- Unapologetic – Rihanna
- New York: A Love Story – Mack Wilds
Ok, final category in R&B is BEST R&B SONG. This one is a hard one. It’s another epic showdown between Fantasia and Tamar Braxton. Unlike other categories, I have actually heard every song in this category. Once again it comes down to the lady nominees. It’s gotta be Tamar or Fantasia. Now IMHO, “Lose To Win” is the better song, but “Without You” is a jam. So for that reason, I’d give Tamar Braxton the edge on this one. My pic: Fantasia, but I’m betting on Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War”.
R&B BEST R&B SONG
- Best Of Me Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
- Love And War – Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
- Only One – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
- Pusher Love Girl – James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
- Without Me – Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)
Coming up tomorrow: HIP HOP/RAP category