Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Grammy Predictions: R&B

Best Male R&B Performance
Will Win: Usher "There Goes My Baby"
Should Win: El DeBarge "Second Chance"
Commentary: El DeBarge could be a spoiler, but my guess is that Ushers catchy tune takes the prize.

Best Female R&B Performance
Will Win: Fantasia "Bittersweet"
Should Win: Jazmine Sullivan "Holding You Down"
Commentary: I see this as a three-way race between Sullivan, Monica, and the lady I predict to ride her comeback and personal troubles all the way to a long-overdue Grammy win, Fantasia.

Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo/Group w/ Vocals
Will Win: John Legend & The Roots "Shine"
Should Win: Sade "Solider of Love"
Commentary: While I'm still dissapointed in Sade's general category snubs, I still don't think they even have a shot here, as Legend and the Roots could sweep their categories.

Best R&B Album
Will Win/Should Win: John Legend and The Roots "Wake Up!"
Commentary: This socially conscience album should upstage the comback stories on its tale (Monica and Fantasia)

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Will Win: Usher "Raymond vs. Raymond"
Should Win: Janelle Monae "The ArchAndroid"
Commentary: What an awesome night it will be if Janelle Monae wins this award. However, I feel that Usher's hitmaker Raymond vs. Raymond will overpower Monae and take home another Grammy.

Best R&B Song
Will Win/Should Win: Shine
Commentary: While the Oscars may have shamefully snubbed this song, the Grammys will most likely make up for it, if not for the song, then at least for the star power of The Roots and John Legend.

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Will Win/Should Win: Cee-Lo "Fuck You"
Commentary: While it should win Record of the Year, my guess is that this wonderfully old-school/dirty word anthem will have to settle for this award instead.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Will Win - John Legend & The Roots "Hang On In There"
Should Win - Betty Wright "Go [Live]
Commentary - I would love to see Wright win, but I think Legend's got this one.

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