Grammy Award for Best R&B Album

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Grammy Award for Best R&B Album
Awarded forquality R&B music albums
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1995
Currently held by H.E.R., H.E.R. (2019)
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 Recording Academy 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]

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A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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The Recording Academy is an American learned academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous for its Grammy Awards, which recognize achievements in the music industry.

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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]

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Audio mixing (recorded music)

In sound recording and reproduction, audio mixing is the process of combining multitrack recordings into a final mono, stereo or surround sound product. In the process of combining the separate tracks, their relative levels are adjusted and balanced and various processes such as equalization and compression are commonly applied to individual tracks, groups of tracks, and the overall mix. In stereo and surround sound mixing, the placement of the tracks within the stereo field are adjusted and balanced. Audio mixing techniques and approaches vary widely and have a significant influence on the final product.

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works on albums in the contemporary 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".

Alicia Keys is the biggest recipient in this category with three wins. R&B group TLC and singers John Legend and D'Angelo have won the award twice. Mary J. Blige holds the record for the most nominations, with five in total. In 2015, Norwegian singer Bern/hoft became the first non-American artist to be nominated.

Alicia Keys American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer

Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records, and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. The album was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial success, spawning successful singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", and "Diary", and selling eight million copies worldwide. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards. Her duet "My Boo" with Usher became her second number-one single in 2004. Keys released her first live album, Unplugged (2005), and became the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.

TLC (group) American vocal group

TLC is an American girl group whose original line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990, the group was very successful during the 1990s. They scored nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including four number-one singles "Creep", "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs", and "Unpretty". The group also recorded four multi-platinum albums, including CrazySexyCool (1994) which received a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). TLC also became the first R&B group in history to receive Million certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for FanMail (1999).

John Legend American singer, songwriter, pianist and record producer from Ohio

John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut album, Get Lifted, (2004) he had collaborated with already established artists and signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music. Legend has sung on Jay-Z's "Encore", Alicia Keys's "You Don't Know My Name", Dilated Peoples' "This Way", Slum Village's "Selfish", Fort Minor's "High Road", and played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". Legend's single "All of Me" from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013) was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit.

Recipients

Boyz II Men were the first recipients of the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album in 1995. Boyz II Men.jpg
Boyz II Men were the first recipients of the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album in 1995.
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. LaurynHill crop.jpg
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.
2002, 2005 and 2014 award winner, Alicia Keys Alicia Keys @ Tokyo Summer Sonic 2008 01.jpg
2002, 2005 and 2014 award winner, Alicia Keys
Three-time nominee and 2003 award winner India.Arie Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010 - India.Arie 3.jpg
Three-time nominee and 2003 award winner India.Arie
To date, John Legend has earned ten Grammy Awards for his work. John Legend in Bangkok.jpg
To date, John Legend has earned ten Grammy Awards for his work.
2009 award winner Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson crop.jpg
2009 award winner Jennifer Hudson
2012 award winner Chris Brown Chris Brown 5, 2012.jpg
2012 award winner Chris Brown
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1995 Boyz II Men II [5]
1996 TLC CrazySexyCool [6]
1997 Tony Rich Words [7]
1998 Erykah Badu Baduizm [8]
1999 Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill [9]
2000 TLC FanMail [10]
2001 D'Angelo Voodoo [11]
2002 Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor [12]
2003 India.Arie Voyage to India [13]
2004 Luther Vandross Dance with My Father [5]
2005 Alicia Keys The Diary of Alicia Keys [14]
2006 John Legend Get Lifted [15]
2007 Mary J. Blige The Breakthrough [16]
2008 Chaka Khan Funk This [17]
2009 Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson [18]
2010 Maxwell BLACKsummers'night [19]
2011 John Legend and The Roots Wake Up! [20]
2012 Chris Brown F.A.M.E. [21]
2013 Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio [22]
2014 Alicia Keys Girl On Fire [23]
2015 Toni Braxton & Babyface Love, Marriage & Divorce

[24]
2016 D'Angelo & The Vanguard Black Messiah

[25]
2017 Lalah Hathaway Lalah Hathaway Live

[26]
2018 Bruno Mars 24K Magic

[27]
2019 H.E.R. H.E.R.

[28]
H.E.R. won this award for her compilation album in 2019. H.E.R. (38350866726).jpg
H.E.R. won this award for her compilation album in 2019.

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

Artists with multiple wins

Artists with multiple nominations

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