Monday, February 13, 2012

54th Annual Grammy R&B Wins 2012

I was actually excited about the Grammys this year. Even before the untimely and shocking passing of Whitney Houston. And even though they had cut out some of the R&B categories. I was excited to see well-established artists like El Debarge, Kelly Price, Ledisi, Stokely (Mint Condition), Betty Wright, Eric Benet, Charlie Wilson and Raphael Saadiq nominated for Grammys. Needless to say, the R&B awards given were quite surprising. with the outcome of the awards. Check out the list of nominees and winners after the break...

Best R&B Performance
Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius
Pieces of Me - Ledisi
Not My Daddy - Kelly Price
Is This Love - Corinne Bailey Rae (WINNER)
You Are - Charlie Wilson

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Sometimes I Cry - Eric Benet
Fool For You - Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona (WINNER)
Radio Message - R. Kelly
Good Man - Raphael Saadiq
Surrender - Betty Wright & The Roots

Best R&B Song
Far Away (Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms & Justin Smith, songwriters)
Fool For You (Cee Lo Green & Jack Splash, songwriters) (WINNER)
Not My Daddy (Kelly Price, songwriter)
Pieces of Me (Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly, & Ledisi Young, songwriters)
You Are (Dennis Bettis, Carl M. Days, Jr., Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson, & Mahin Wilson, songwriters)

Best R&B Album
F.A.M.E. - Chris Brown [Jive Records] (WINNER)
Second Chance - El Debarge [Geffen]
Love Letter - R. Kelly [Jive Records]
Pieces of Me - Ledisi [Verve Forecast]
Kelly - Kelly Price [My Block/Sang Girl/Malaco]

See Also: Open Letter: "Dear Whitney..."

Who I Think Should've Won
Best R&B Performance: Kelly Price - Not My Daddy
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Eric Benet - Sometimes I Cry
Best R&B Song: Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius
Best R&B Album: Second Chance - El Debarge

I feel like the real R&B artists were snubbed to cater to the younger audience. And why was Chris Brown's pop-rap-techno-dance album even in a R&B category? What were your thoughts on the R&B wins?

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