Friday, February 3, 2012

Grammy Winner Predictions - R&B

Best R&B Album
Will Win/Should Win - Ledisi "Pieces of Me"
Could Win - Chris Brown "F.A.M.E."
Commentary - It turns out that having separate traditional and contemporary categories in the R&B categories wasn't such a bad idea, as the Recording Academy completely missed many of the big contemporary efforts from the likes of Grammy winners Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, and Ne-Yo. Although R. Kelly and Chris Brown got in, so maybe it was just that the Grammy voters completely lost their grip on reality when nominating in these categories. Either way this comes down to two, Ledisi or Chris Brown. Brown is the more popular choice, but Ledisi is clearly the higher quality effort. In this weird year for R&B it could go either way, but my pick is Pieces of Me.

Best R&B Performance
Will Win/Should Win - Corrine Bailey Rae "Is This Love"
Could Win - Ledisi "Pieces of Me" or Marsha Ambrosius "Far Away"
Commentary - Once again a weird mix of nominees, this one could go a couple of ways. Ledisi could have a big sweeping year, but the inclusion of Grammy darling Rae complicates things. Why her album as a whole was left off is beyond me, but my guess is that Grammy voters still find a way to honor her. Watch out for Marsha Ambrosius as well for a surprise win.

Best R&B Song
Will Win/Should Win - Cee-Lo "Fool For You"
Could Win - Marsah Ambrosius "Far Away" or Ledisi "Pieces of Me"
Commentary - I don't know why I am so all over the map on these predictions, but it's probably because these nominations are the same way. Pieces of Me or Ambrosius could win, as they could in all the categories, and as I am currently typing, I'm starting to think that Ledisi could sweep. But for now, I am going for the goodwill hangover for Cee-Lo, and his awesome song Fool For You.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Will Win/Should Win - Cee-Lo "Fool For You"
Could Win - Betty Wright "Surrender"
Commentary - Wright is certaintly a contender, but my guess is that Cee-Lo will easily win this one, without much competition.

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