Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance

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Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance
Awarded for quality vocal or instrumental R&B recordings
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.[1] According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide it is designed for solo, duo/groups or collaborative (vocal or instrumental) R&B recordings and is limited to singles or tracks only.[2]

The award was originally awarded from 1959 to 1961 as Best Rhythm & Blues Performance and then from 1962 to 1968 as Best Rhythm & Blues Recording before being discontinued. In 2012, the award was brought back combining the previous categories for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Urban/Alternative Performance. The restructuring of these categories was a result of the Recording Academy's wish to decrease the list of categories and awards and to eliminate the distinctions between male and female performances, and between solo and duo/groups performances.[3]


Corinne Bailey Rae was the recipient of the reintroduced award in 2012.
Usher won the award in 2013.
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1959 The Champs  United States "Tequila" [4]
1960 Dinah Washington  United States "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" [5]
1961 Ray Charles  United States "Let the Good Times Roll" [6]
1962 Ray Charles  United States "Hit the Road Jack" [7]
1963 Ray Charles  United States "I Can't Stop Loving You" [8]
1964 Ray Charles  United States "Busted" [9]
1965 Nancy Wilson  United States "How Glad I Am" [10]
1966 James Brown  United States "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" [11]
1967 Ray Charles  United States "Crying Time" [12]
1968 Aretha Franklin  United States "Respect" [13]
2012 Corinne Bailey Rae  United Kingdom "Is This Love" [14]
2013 Usher  United States "Climax"
2014 Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway  United States "Something" [15]
2015 Beyonce featuring Jay-Z  United States "Drunk in Love" [16]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Category Mapper". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Grammy Awards restructuring
  4. ^ "Grammy Awards 1959 (May)". Awards & Shows. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Grammy Awards 1959". Awards & Shows. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Grammy Awards 1961". Awards & Shows. 
  7. ^ "Grammy Awards 1962". Awards & Shows. 
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards 1963". Awards & Shows. 
  9. ^ "Grammy Awards 1964". Awards & Shows. 
  10. ^ "Grammy Awards 1965". Awards & Shows. 
  11. ^ "Grammy Awards 1966". Awards and Shows. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Grammy Awards 1967". Awards and Shows. Retrieved December 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Grammy Awards 1968". Awards & Shows. 
  14. ^ "2011 – 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: R&B Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ 2014 Nominees
  16. ^ "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014.