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58th GRAMMYs: Predictions for the R&B field

The R&B field could see a combination of veterans, newcommers, mainstream hip-hop collaborations, and long-time GRAMMY darlings. The Soul Train Music Awards, happening next week (Sunday, Nov. 29) could give us a glimpse on what to expect for this field. Here are the odds:


  1. The Weeknd — Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)
  2. Beyoncé — 7/11
  3. Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko — Post to Be
  4. Drake & PartyNextDoor — Wednesday Night Interlude
  5. Miguel — Coffee

The Weeknd was one of the top-selling artists of the year, maybe the best in the urban music scene. “Earned It” was both a commercial and critic success. Someargue this is his best song, therefore is a definite shoo-in. The second fave is Queen Bey. Considering that Beyoncé (the album) did not win a performance category, Bey was able to submit her hip-hop infused “7/11” and is most likely to grab a nod in the R&B category. The third favourite is “Proud to Be” by GRAMMY winner and regular nominee, Chris Brown with former nominees Omarion and Jhené Aiko. The other two possible nominees are quite tricky. Maybe we’ll see Drake debuting in this category for his hump-day party song “Wednesday Night Interlude” with canadian alt-R&B singer, PartyNextDoor. Last but not least is Miguel with “Coffee”. The L.A. singer/songwriter had been present in this category twice.

Other likely contenders

  • Ciara — I Bet
  • Mary J. Blige — Doubt
  • D’Angelo & the Vanguard — Really Love
  • Ledisi — Lose Control
  • Mark Ronson ft. Keyone Star — I Can’t Lose


  1. Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) — The Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville (The Weeknd)
  2. Post to Be — Jhene Aiko, Chris Brown, Omarion, Tyron Griffin, Dijon McFarlane (Omarion ft. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko)
  3. Shame — Tyrese, Warryn Campbell, Sam Dees, Ron Kersley, D.J. Rogers Jr. (Tyrese)
  4. We’ve Got Love — Babyface
  5. Really Love — D’Angelo, Kendra Foster, Curtis Mayfield (D’Angelo And the Vanguard)

The R&B song category, unlike other songwriter’s awards, usually differs from its ‘performance’ counterpart. The only two songs that could be contending the two categories are “Earned It” and “Post to Be”. These two alongside Tyrese’s “Shame” are also nominated for the Soul Train Ashford & Simpson’s Songwriters’ Award. The other favourite is “We’ve Got Love” by GRAMMY darling and 11-time winner, including three times in this category, Babyface. Lastly, there’s D’Angelo and the Vanguard for “Really Love” off the critics’ favourite Black Messiah.

Other likely contenders

  • Bitch Better Have My Money (Rihanna)
  • Coming Home (Leon Bridges)
  • Fool’s Gold (Jill Scott)
  • I Bet (Ciara)
  • Wings (Gary Clark Jr.)


  1. D’Angelo & the Vanguard — Black Messiah
  2. Gary Clark Jr — The Story of Sunny Boy Slim
  3. Leon Bridges — Coming Home
  4. Jill Scott — Woman
  5. Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show

In this category we also have a contender for the big Album of the Year award. And that is D’Angelo & the Vanguard for Black Messiah. D’Angelo won this award for the last album he recorded 14 years ago, Voodoo. We could even call him the virtual winner. The rest of the nominees are quite hard to predict. The favourites are bluesy-rock musician and former nominee, Gary Clark Jr. Following Clark, is newcommer Leon Bridges bringing traditional R&B vocals with Coming Home. The other favourite is 3-time GRAMMY winner and Soul Train nominee for Album of the Year, Jill Scott with Woman. Lastly, we have Jazmine Sullivan for her third album, Reality Show. Sullivan has been  been a regular GRAMMY contender since her debut in 2009.

Other likely contenders:

  • Mary J Blige — The London Sessions
  • Raheem DeVaughn — Love Sex Passion
  • Tamia — Love Life
  • Tyrese — Black Rose
  • Charlie Wilson — Forever Charlie


  1. The Weeknd — Beauty Behind the Madness
  2. Chris Brown & Tyga — Fan of A Fan: The Album
  3. Miguel — Wildheart
  4. Ciara — Jackie
  5. The Internet — Ego Death

There is not much competition in the Urban Contemporary category as this year there is only one blockbuster album and that is The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness . The Toronto singer was snubbed for his Trilogy album but he could be saying hello to his first GRAMMY. The other three favourites are former contenders: Chris Brown & Tyga’s Fan… album (it doesn’t matter what Brown releases, he’s in); and former winners Miguel and Ciara. The fifth and final favourite is The Internet whose unconventional urban album, Ego Death seems to be in several predictors’ list.

Other likely contenders

  • Bilal — In Another Life
  • Childish Gambino — Kauai
  • Lianne Las Havas — Blood
  • Snoop Dogg — Bush
  • Jordin Sparks —Right Here, Right Now

4 thoughts on “58th GRAMMYs: Predictions for the R&B field

  1. Tamar Braxton was nominated!!!
    I really want to know your prediction. I believe that it’s between her and the weekend. I believe that she might actually win!!! What do you think??
    Her song sounds so much like a R&B song, better than love and war

  2. How about Tamar Braxton???
    You don’t have to be popular to be nominated??? If I don’t have you is a true R&B song that is better than Love and War.
    She should be nominated!!!

    1. You’re right. In the R&B field, popularity is not a total factor. The thing is that Braxton is facing fierce competition from some bigger names in the R&B music scene. And she does not have a big GRAMMY history (only 3 nods for one album).

      But yeah, she does have chances to get nominated. If I Don’t Have You was critically-acclaimed, after all.

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