[REVIEW] 2015 Grammy Predictions x R&B

2015grammys_rnbWith Beyoncé likely to win in the Big Four categories (since she’s never won ‘Album Of The Year’), you’d expect the other categories to award other noteworthy artists. Looks like Bey will also claim some wins in the R&B category, but not without some quality competition (2014 list).


Best R&B Performance (Category 17)
Beyoncé (feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love”
Chris Brown (feat. Usher and Rick Ross) – “New Flame”
Jennifer Hudson (feat. R. Kelly) – “It’s Your World”
Ledisi – “Like This”
Usher – “Good Kisser”

Who Should Win: Jennifer Hudson (feat. R. Kelly) – “It’s Your World”

Who Will Win: Beyoncé (feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love”

All five nominees here are deserving of the win in this category, but its Jennifer and Robert’s vocal that’s most impressive. However, the Foundation will likely award “Drunk In Love” despite Bey and Jay rapping for most of the song’s duration.


Best Traditional R&B Performance (Category 18)
Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton – “As”
Angie Fisher – “I.R.S.”
Robert Glasper Experiment (feat. Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm Jamal Warner) – “Jesus Children”
Kem – “Nobody”
Antonique Smith – “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)”

Who Should Win: Angie Fisher – “I.R.S.”

Who Will Win: Kem – “Nobody”

Angie Fisher’s “I.R.S.” is quite possibly the most single impressive vocal throughout the entire 2015 nominees list, but Kem’s latest should win here after being upset twice in previous years.


Best R&B Song – Songwriter’s Award (Category 19)
Beyoncé (feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love”
Songwriters: Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor, and Brian Soko
Usher – “Good Kisser”
Songwriters: Ronald “Flip” Colson, Warren “Oak” Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed, and Andrew “Pop” Wansel
Chris Brown (feat. Usher and Rick Ross) – “New Flame”
Songwriters: Eric Bellinger, Chris Brown, James Chambers, Malissa Hunter, Justin Booth Johnson, Mark Pitts, Usher Raymond IV, William Roberts, Maurice “Verse” Simmonds, and Keith Thomas
Luke James – “Options (Wolf James Version)”
Songwriters: Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson, William Roberts, and Jamaica “Kahn-Cept” Smith
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst”
Songwriters: Jhené Aiko Chilombo

Who Should Win: Jhené Aiko – “The Worst”

Who Will Win: Beyoncé (feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love”

It’s commendable that Jhene’s “The Worst” is the only song written, produced, and arranged by the artist nominated. On the other hand, it’s common knowledge that songwriting isn’t exactly Bey’s forte, but she’ll likely win based on popularity alone in this category.


Best Urban Contemporary Album (Category 20)
Jhené Aiko – ‘Sail Out’
Beyoncé – ‘Beyoncé’
Chris Brown – ‘X’
Mali Music – ‘Mali Is…”
Pharrell Williams – ‘Girl’

Who Should Win: Chris Brown – ‘X’

Who Will Win: Beyoncé – ‘Beyoncé’

As a category that’s featured wins from Bey’s previous albums, this win for her self-titled latest is a no-brainer. The closest to competing with Bey here is Chris Brown’s ‘X’, but simply doesn’t stand a chance against seventeen videos and fourteen overplayed songs.


Best R&B Album (Category 21)
Bernhoft – ‘Islander’
Aloe Blacc – ‘Lift Your Spirit’
Toni Braxton and Babyface – ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’
Robert Glasper Experiment – ‘Black Radio 2’
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – ‘Give The People What They Want’

Who Should Win: Toni Braxton and Babyface – ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’

Who Will Win: Toni Braxton and Babyface – ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’

While Aloe’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’ churned at urban adult contemporary radio, it’s Toni and Babyface’s collaborative effort that shines brightest in this category. Despite the immense talents nominated, anyone else winning here would be a complete disappointment.

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