Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

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The Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance was awarded between 1968 and 2011. The award has had several minor name changes:

  • In 1968 it was awarded as Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male
  • From 1969 to 1994 it was awarded as Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
  • Since 1995 it has been awarded as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

The award will be discontinued from 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all solo and duo/group vocal performances in the R&B category will be shifted to the newly formed Best R&B Performance category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.


Year Winner Nominations
2011 Usher for "There Goes My Baby"
2010 Maxwell for "Pretty Wings"


Year Winner Nominations
2009 Ne-Yo for "Miss Independent" Eric Benet for "You're the Only One"
Chris Brown for "Take You Down"
Trey Songz for "Can't Help but Wait"
Usher for "Here I Stand"
2008 Prince for "Future Baby Mama" Raheem DeVaughn for "Woman"
Musiq Soulchild for "B.U.D.D.Y."
Ne-Yo for "Because of You"
Tank for "Please Don't Go"
2007 John Legend for "Heaven" Ne-Yo for "So Sick"
Prince for "Black Sweat"
Lionel Richie for "I Call It Love"
Luther Vandross for "Got You Home"
2006 John Legend for "Ordinary People" Jamie Foxx for "Creepin'"
Mario for "Let Me Love You"
Usher for "Superstar"
Stevie Wonder for "So What the Fuss"
2005 Prince for "Call My Name" Anthony Hamilton for "Charlene"
R. Kelly for "Happy People"
Brian McKnight for "What We Do Here"
Usher for "Burn"
2004[1] Luther Vandross for "Dance with My Father" R. Kelly for "Step in the Name of Love"
Brian McKnight for "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda"
Ruben Studdard for "Superstar"
Tyrese for "How You Gonna Act Like That"
2003 Usher for "U Don't Have to Call" Joe for "Let's Stay Home Tonight"
R. Kelly for "The World's Greatest"
Musiq Soulchild for "Halfcrazy"
Remy Shand for "Take a Message"
2002 Usher for "U Remind Me" Case for "Missing You"
Maxwell for "Lifetime"
Brian McKnight for "Love of My Life"
Musiq Soulchild for "Love"
2001 D'Angelo for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" Joe for "I Wanna Know"
R. Kelly for "I Wish"
Brian McKnight for "Stay Or Let It Go"
Sisqo for "Thong Song"
2000 Barry White for "Staying Power" Peabo Bryson for "Did You Ever Know"
R. Kelly for "When A Woman's Fed Up"
Maxwell for "Fortunate"
Tyrese for "Sweet Lady"




Year Winner Nominations
1979 George Benson for "On Broadway"
1978 Lou Rawls for Unmistakably Lou
1977 Stevie Wonder for "I Wish"
1976 Ray Charles for Living For The City
1975 Stevie Wonder for "Boogie on Reggae Woman"
1974 Stevie Wonder for "Superstition"
1973 Billy Paul for "Me and Mrs. Jones"
1972 Lou Rawls for "A Natural Man"
1971 B.B. King for "The Thrill Is Gone"
1970 Joe Simon for "The Chokin' Kind"


Year Winner Nominations
1969 Otis Redding for "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay"
1968 Lou Rawls for "Dead End Street"
1967 Ray Charles for "Crying Time"

Category Records[edit]

  • Most Wins:
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Artist Stevie Wonder Luther Vandross Lou Rawls
John Legend
Ray Charles
Michael Jackson
George Benson
Total Wins 7 Wins 4 wins 3 wins 2 wins
  • Most Nominations
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Stevie Wonder Luther Vandross Marvin Gaye
R. Kelly
Al Jarreau
Ray Charles
Lou Rawls
Teddy Pendergrass, Musiq Soulchild
Total Wins 16 nominations 15 nominations 8 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations


  1. ^ "46th Annual Grammy Awards Final Nominations List". via Retrieved July 1, 2013.