[REVIEW] 2013 Grammy Predictions x R&B


The R&B category disappointed me greatly with nominating the likes of Luke James, Elle Varner, Tyrese, and Trey Songz. After a close analysis, #thankgoddess none of them actually have a chance at winning.

Best R&B Performance (Category 17)
Estelle – “Thank You”
Robert Glasper Experiment (feat. Ledisi) – “Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)”
Luke James – “I Want You”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Usher – “Climax”

Who Should Win: Estelle’s “Thank You”

Who Will Win: Miguel’s “Adorn”

In some cases, the best song doesn’t always win. Estelle’s “Thank You” is not only one of the best R&B songs of 2012, but also one of the best of all-time. Expect Miguel’s overly sexualized “Adorn” to edge (no pun intended) Estelle’s grandeur efforts this year.

Best Traditional R&B Performance (Category 18)
Anita Baker – “Lately”
Beyoncé – “Love On Top”
Melanie Fiona – “Wrong Side Of A Love Song”
Gregory Porter – “Real Good Hands”
SWV – “If Only You Knew”

Who Should Win: SWV’s “If Only You Knew”

Who Will Win: Beyoncé’s – “Love On Top”

It’s clear from past history that Beyonce’ wins awards that she doesn’t deserve, but I’ll give “Love On Top” credit where it’s due – it’s good enough for the older generations, but still gets the younger ones moving.

Best R&B Song – Songwriters Award (Category 19)
Miguel – “Adorn”
Songwriters: Miguel Pimentel
Tamia – “Beautiful Surprise”
Songwriters: Tamia, Claude Kelly, Salaam Remi
Trey Songz – “Heart Attack”
Songwriters: Benjamin Levin, Rico Love, Trey Songz
Anthony Hamilton – “Pray For Me”
Songwriters: Antonio Dixon, Kenny Edmonds, Anthony Hamilton, Patrick “jQue” Smith
Elle Varner – “Refill”
Songwriters: Darhyl “DJ” Camper, Elle Varner, Andrew “Pop” Wansel

Who Should Win: Tamia’s “Beautiful Surprise”

Who Will Win: Miguel’s “Adorn”

Again, sex sells for R&B artists, so expect Miguel to #cleansweep his category. I’d love for Tamia’s perfect comeback album ‘Beautiful Surprise’ to be awarded here, but it’s very unlikely.

Best Urban Contemporary Album (Category 20)
Chris Brown – ‘Fortune’
Miguel – ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’
Frank Ocean – ‘Channel Orange’

Who Should Win: Miguel’s ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’

Who Will Win: Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’

Let’s be honest – Chris Brown isn’t in the competition here. If it weren’t for masses of horny Black 12-17 year olds, he wouldn’t even be in the conversation. Both Miguel and Frank delivered quality albums, but with Frank coming out and Miguel remaining closeted, I’m expecting his efforts to be more award-worthy.

Best R&B Album (Category 21)
Robert Glasper Experiment – ‘Black Radio’
Anthony Hamilton – ‘Back To Love’
R. Kelly – ‘Write Me Back’
Tamia – ‘Beautiful Surprise’
Tyrese – ‘Open Invitation’

Who Should Win: Tamia’s ‘Beautiful Surprise’

Who Will Win: Anthony Hamilton’s ‘Back To Love’

This category is a real toss-up, but I hope Tamia can bring another Grammy home for true R&B artists. Anthony’s first Babyface-produced disc is also impressive, but Tamia deserves it much more.

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