R&B Grammy Awards: The Year In Review

52nd Grammys - R&B - Male and Female Vocal PerformancesAs time approaches for airing the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, the R&B nominations have gaining new ground for being not only tried and true to tradition, but also not afraid to extend the boundaries of the R&B realm into both traditional and alternative styles.     While the year, in my humble opinion, was fairly weak in the R&B sector, I am very glad to see that my trepidation was  appeased by some really great nominations- even by some acts I was not familiar with.

Mainstays like Beyonce are surrounded by both independent and upstarting artists, like Melanie Fiona and Master P on one end and Maxwell, Anthony Hamilton, and Charlie Wilson on the other.  A lot has been mentioned about Maxwell’s return to the airwaves, which makes him a strong contender in the R&B category.  It’s also refreshing to see independent artists like Musiq Soulchild, India.Arie, Lalah Hathaway, and Ledisi as nominees.  Acts which are relatively new in this sector- Master P, Melanie Fiona, and Jasmin Sullivan provide a balancing act between themselves and the seasoned nominees.  

Although there seems to be a quite a bit of  debate on the above nominations, discussions regarding the Traditional R&B category.  Ann Nesby and Calvin Richardson have double nominations, but  Beyonce and  Anthony Hamilton are also nominees in this category, demonstrating their versatility, which makes those nominations interesting. 

Although there are duplicate nominations in most of the categories, which can make the nominations appear to be somewhat concentrated on a core of artists, The Urban/Alternative stands out in it’s dedication to independent artists and concentrates not only on soul, but jazz as well, which makes it invigorating. India.Arie and Dobert Gnahorsa, who represent two nations, and Robert Glasper and Bilal, representing both the jazz consortium and the neo-soiul= vibe make this a very dynamic category.  To put icing on the proverbial cake, Tonex, Eric Roberson and The Foreign Exhange make this category even more intriguing, in particular since they are very strong independent artists.

In retrospect, at the onset of 2009, it seemed that R&B would not have a very strong year.  I’m very glad to say that my mind has been changed for the better. Hats off to 2009, and good luck to all the nominees.

The 52nd Annual Grammys – R&B Category – Best Urban/Alternative Performance

52nd Grammys - R&B - Male and Female Vocal PerformancesHere are more nominees – in audio form- for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards The two categories that are in this podcast are Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

The 52nd Annual Grammys – R&B Category, Volume 3 – Best Urban/Alternsative Performnce. [Click to play or right click-save as to download.

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Here are the following tracks on this podcast:

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.

Daykeeper

The Foreign Exchange, Feat. Muhsinah
Track from: Leave It All Behind
[Hard Boiled Records]

All Matter

Robert Glasper & Bilal
Track from: Double Booked
[Blue Note]

Pearls

India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore
Track from: Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
[Soulbird/Universal Republic]

A Tale Of Two

Eric Roberson, Ben O’Neill & Michelle Thompson
Track from: Music Fan First
[Blue Erro Soul]

Blend

Tonex
Track from: Unspoken
[Battery Records]

I’d like your feedback – what do you think about the nominees? You can find a list of us here. 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.The Grammy Awards will be taking place on January 31, 2010, so be on the lookout for that as well. Be sure to check out the Grammys website for up-to-date information.

The 52nd Annual Grammys – R&B Category – Volume 2

52nd Grammys - R&B - Male and Female Vocal PerformancesHere are more nominees – in audio form- for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards The two categories that are in this podcast are Best R&B Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocasls and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Without furhter ado:

The 52nd Annual Grammys – R&B Category – Volume 2. [Click to play or right click-save as to download.

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Category 25

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Blame It
    Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
    [J Records]

  • Chocolate High
    India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild
    Track from: Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
    [Soulbird/Universal Republic]

  • Ifuleave
    Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige
    Track from: OnMyRadio
    [Atlantic]
  • Higher Ground
    Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
    Track from: Oh Happy Day
    [EMI Gospel]

  • Love Has Finally Come At Last
    Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby
    Track from: Facts Of Life The Soul Of Bobby Womack
    [Shanachie Entertainment Corp.]

Category 26

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance 

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • At Last
    Beyoncé
    Track from: Cadillac Records Music From The Motion Picture
    [Music World Music/Columbia]

  • Soul Music
    Anthony Hamilton
    Track from: Soul Men Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    [Stax/Concord]

  • Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
    Boney James & Quinn
    Track from: Send One Your Love
    [Concord Records]

  • Sow Love
    Ann Nesby
    Track from: The Lula Lee Project
    [It’s Time Child Records/Tyscot]

  • Woman Gotta Have It
    Calvin Richardson
    Track from: Facts Of Life The Soul Of Bobby Womack
    [Shanachie Entertainment Corp.]

 

 

I’d like your feedback – what do you think about the nominees? You can find a list of us here. 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.The Grammy Awards will be taking place on January 31, 2010, so be on the lookout for that as well. Be sure to check out the Grammys website for up-to-date information.

The 52nd Annual Grammys – R&B – Volume 1

52nd Grammys - R&B - Male and Female Vocal PerformancesThe nominees for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were annnnounced last week and have been posted here. I will be showcasing these nominees in three podcasts. This is the firsdt:

The 52nd Annual Grammys – R&B Category – Volume 1. [Click to play or right click-save as to download.

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Here are the following tracks on this podcast:

Category 23

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

 

  • Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
    Beyoncé
    Track from: I Am… Sasha Fierce
    [Music World Music/Columbia]

  • It Kills Me
    Melanie Fiona
    [SRC/Universal Motown]

  • That Was Then
    Lalah Hathaway
    Track from: Self Portrait
    [Stax Records/Concord Music Group]

  • Goin’ Thru Changes
    Ledisi
    Track from: Turn Me Loose
    [Verve Forecast]

  • Lions, Tigers & Bears
    Jazmine Sullivan
    [J Records]

 

Category 24

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • The Point Of It All
    Anthony Hamilton
    Track from: The Point Of It All
    [So So Def]
  • Pretty Wings
    Maxwell
    Track from: Blacksummers’ Night
    [Columbia]

  • Sobeautiful
    Musiq Soulchild
    Track from: OnMyRadio
    [Atlantic]

  • Under
    Pleasure P
    Track from: The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper
    [Swagga Ent./Atlantic]

  • There Goes My Baby
    Charlie Wilson
    Track from: Uncle Charlie
    [Jive Records]

 

I’d like your feedback – what do you think about the nominees? You can find a list of us here. 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.The Grammy Awards will be taking place on January 31, 2010, so be on the lookout for that as well. Be sure to check out the Grammys website for up-to-date information.

The Grammys: One Of The Fans

In the past couple of months, there have been some life changes which have caused me to be a bit late with Old School Wednesdays and even more lagging with In Rotations. Often, it has been the regular increase (or severe lack / constant pursuit of) work. As I have now pushed past those issues, there is now another reason why I will be submitting the Old School Wednesday the end of the day (Wednesday).

I am now officially one of the community bloggers for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. I’m still overwhelmed, excited, and amazed that I have been chosen for this role- even more so that the colleagues around me are nothing short of amazing. I will be covering the R&B category which I feel is a great fit since R&B is what I grew up with and have been recognizant of all the changes that R&B has gone through. This also gives me the push I needed to again write about music (in addition to podcasting) as I did in the past (a kick in my complacency, as I like to put it.)

There will be a Grammy nomination concert that will be airing on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9PM Eastern on CBS. (Please check your local listings). The theme this year is "We’re All Fans." There will be quite a few of us bloggers on Twitter during that time giving real-time feedback on the show. You can find a list of us here. The Grammy Awards will be taking place on January 31, 2010, so be on the lookout for that as well. Be sure to check out the Grammys website for up-to-date information.

The next few months will definitely prove to be interesting. In the meanwhile. look for the OSW coming out later today – and an Acid Jazz blend coming soon. Watch for it.