GRAMMY Predictions 2009: R&B

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With the phenomenal success of artists like Beyoncé, Maxwell, and Keri Hilson this past year, I fully expect them to have a strong hold on the R&B categories come nomination time.

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” should appear in Best R&B Song with likely challengers “Blame It” (Jamie Foxx f. T-Pain), “I Look to You” (Whitney Houston), “Knock You Down” (Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo & Kanye West) and “Pretty Wings” (Maxwell) but I do have reservations about it. Like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys has won over ten Grammy Awards and was thought to be a sure fire nominee in several categories last time after the insane chart dominance of As I Am. Not only was she snubbed in the big categories but in several R&B categories as well.

However, it’s better to be safe than sorry so look for B to be included in Best R&B Female Vocal Performance next to Mary J. Blige (“Stronger”), Keri Hilson (“Slow Dance”), Mariah Carey (“Obsessed”) and Whitney Houston (“Million Dollar Bill”).

After an eight-year gap between album releases, Maxwell came back with a vengeance as “Pretty Wings” topped Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart for a consecutive 14 weeks. He leads the pack in Best R&B Male Vocal Performance as well as Best R&B Album which has fierce competition from Whitney Houston (I Look to You) and Smokey Robinson (Time Flies When You’re Having Fun).

Keri Hilson’s debut album, In a Perfect World…, spawned the colossal radio hit “Known You Down” and garnered generally favorable reviews from music critics. It shouldn’t have any problem garnering a nod in Best Contemporary R&B Album against efforts by The-Dream (Love vs. Money) and Jamie Foxx (Intuition).

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

Mary J. Blige, “Stronger”

Keri Hilson, “Slow Dance”

Mariah Carey, “Obsessed”

Whitney Houston, “Million Dollar Bill”

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Anthony Hamilton, “The Point of It All”

Maxwell, “Pretty Wings”

Musiq Soulchild, “sobeautiful”

Smokey Robinson, “Time Flies”

Trey Songz, “I Need a Girl”

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Keyshia Cole & Monica, “Trust”

Jamie Foxx & T-Pain, “Blame It”

Whitney Houston & Akon, “Like I Never Left”

Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige, “ifuleave”

BeBe & CeCe Winans, “Close to You”

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

Anjulie, “Boom”

Buju Banton & Wyclef Jean, “Bedtime Story”

Vikter Duplaix, “Electric Lonely”

India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore, “Pearls”

The SA-RA Creative Partners & Erykah Badu, “Dirty Beauty”

Best R&B Song

“Blame It,” James T. Brown, John Conte, Jr., Jamie Foxx, Christopher Henderson, Brandon R. Melanchon, Breyon Prescott, T-Pain & Nathan L. Walker (Jamie Foxx & T-Pain)

“I Look to You,” R. Kelly (Whitney Houston)

“Knock You Down,” Marcella Araica, K. Cossom, Nate Hills, Keri Hilson, Shaffer Smith & Kanye West (Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo & Kanye West)

“Pretty Wings,” Hod David & Musze (Maxwell)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart (Beyoncé)

Best R&B Album

Melinda Doolittle, Coming Back to You

Anthony Hamilton, The Point of It All

Whitney Houston, I Look to You

Maxwell, BLACKsummers’night

Smokey Robinson, Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Beyoncé, I Am… Sasha Fierce

The-Dream, Love vs. Money

Jamie Foxx, Intuition

Keri Hilson, In a Perfect World…

Trey Songz, Ready

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  2. Lauren · December 2, 2009

    SOOO EXCITED!! get it, Keri! 😀

    she’ll also get new artist nom for sure!!

    • DbryJ Music · December 5, 2009

      Keri Hilson been ballin’ this year. I hope she walks away with a win for at least one of her nominations. I’m thinking that she’ll probably win something for “Knock You Down”

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