Grammy Award for Best R&B Album

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Grammy Award for Best R&B Album
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality R&B music albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1995
Last awarded 2014
Official website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best R&B Album is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality works on albums in the R&B music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

According to the category description guide for the 54th Grammy Awards, the award is reserved for albums "containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary R&B vocal tracks" which may also "incorporate production elements found in rap music".[3] Award recipients include the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. In 2003, the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album was split into two categories: Best Contemporary R&B Album is for R&B longplay records (LPs) that have modern hip-hop stylings to them, while this honor is for R&B LPs that are more traditional and less electronic. From 2012, this category will also include recordings that previously fell under the Best Contemporary R&B Album category, which will be discontinued in 2012 as part of a major overhaul of the Grammy Award categories.[4]

The accolade for Best R&B Album, was first presented to Boyz II Men at the 37th Grammy Awards in 1995 for their second studio album II (1994). Alicia Keys is the biggest recipient in this category with three wins.Mary J. Blige holds the record for the most nominations, with five in total. Followed by her is India.Arie and Boyz II Men, who share the title for artists with the second most nominations, with four each. The award has been presented to artists from the United States each year to date.

Recipients[edit]

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Boyz II Men were the first recipients of the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album in 1995.
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For her work on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album as well as Album of the Year.
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2002, 2005 and 2014 award winner, Alicia Keys
Three-time nominee and 2003 award winner India.Arie
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To date, John Legend has earned two awards for his work.
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2009 award winner Jennifer Hudson
2012 award winner Chris Brown
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1995 Boyz II Men  United States II [5]
1996 TLC  United States CrazySexyCool [6]
1997 Rich, TonyTony Rich  United States Words [7]
1998 Badu, ErykahErykah Badu  United States Baduizm [8]
1999 Hill, LaurynLauryn Hill  United States The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill [9]
2000 TLC  United States FanMail [10]
2001 D'Angelo  United States Voodoo [11]
2002 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys  United States Songs in A Minor [12]
2003 India Arie  United States Voyage to India [13]
2004 Vandross, LutherLuther Vandross  United States Dance with My Father [5]
2005 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys  United States The Diary of Alicia Keys [14]
2006 Legend, JohnJohn Legend  United States Get Lifted [15]
2007 Blige, Mary J.Mary J. Blige  United States The Breakthrough [16]
2008 Khan, ChakaChaka Khan  United States Funk This [17]
2009 Hudson, JenniferJennifer Hudson  United States Jennifer Hudson [18]
2010 Maxwell  United States BLACKsummers'night [19]
2011 Legend, JohnJohn Legend and The Roots  United States Wake Up! [20]
2012 Chris Brown  United States F.A.M.E. [21]
2013 Robert Glasper Experiment  United States Black Radio [22]
2014 Alicia Keys  United States Girl On Fire [23]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Overview". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "54th Grammy category: Best R&B Album". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Full Category List". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Past Winners Search". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "List of Grammy nominees". CNN. January 4, 1996. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (January 8, 1997). "Pumpkins A Smash With 7 Grammy Nominations". Chicago Tribune. p. 12. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Complete List of Academy Voter Picks". Los Angeles Times. January 8, 1998. p. 15. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ Kot, Greg (January 6, 1999). "10 Nominations Put Lauryn Hill Atop Grammy Heap". Chicago Tribune. p. 10. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Santana Tops List With 10 Grammy Nominations". The Seattle Times. January 5, 2000. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  11. ^ "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Complete List Of Grammy Nominees". CBS News. January 4, 2002. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23". San Francisco Chronicle. January 8, 2003. p. 3. Retrieved May 15, 2011. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Grammy Award nominees in top categories". USA Today. December 7, 2004. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Complete list of Grammy Award nominations". USA Today. December 8, 2005. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Winners and Nominees: Major Categories". People. February 9, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2008 Grammy Award Winners and Nominees". The New York Times. February 9, 2008. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV. Viacom. February 8, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  19. ^ Bruno, Mike (May 15, 2011). "Grammy Awards 2010: The winners list". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Grammy Nominees 2011". AOL Music. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  21. ^ "2011 - 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: R&B Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011. 
  22. ^ List of 2013 nominees
  23. ^ 2014 Nominees

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