Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance
Awarded forquality traditional R&B vocal performances
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1999
Last awarded2018
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance is an accolade presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally named the Gramophone Awards, [1] to performers of quality traditional R&B vocal performances. The award was first given in 1999; until 2003, only albums were nominated, now just singles or tracks are. 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." [2]

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

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Between 1999 and 2002, this accolade was originally known as Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album. It was renamed in 2003, being awarded for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Since 2012 the accolade has been known as Best Traditional R&B Performance.

Singer Lalah Hathaway holds the record for the most wins (3) in this category, which she won consecutively between 2015 and 2017. She’s also the most nominated artist in this category, a record she shares with The Temptations. Raphael Saadiq and Ann Nesby hold the record for the most nominations without a win, with three each.

Eulaulah Donyll "Lalah" Hathaway is an American singer. She is the daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway and an alumna of Berklee College of Music. In 1990, Lalah Hathaway released her self-titled album. The album's first single was "Heaven Knows", produced by Derek Bramble. The follow-up single was "Baby Don't Cry", was produced by Angela Winbush.

The Temptations American Motown vocal group

The Temptations is an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. The group’s work with producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit single "Cloud Nine" in October 1968, pioneered psychedelic soul, and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music. The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations is among the most successful groups in popular music.

Raphael Saadiq American singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist, and record producer

Raphael Saadiq is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Saadiq has been a standard bearer for "old school" R&B since his early days as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné! He has also produced songs for such artists as Joss Stone, D'Angelo, TLC, En Vogue, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Whitney Houston, Solange Knowles and John Legend.

Recipients

Patti LaBelle was the first winner in this category with "Live! One Night Only" in 1999. PattiLaBelle2.jpg
Patti LaBelle was the first winner in this category with "Live! One Night Only" in 1999.
Aretha Franklin first won the award in 2004 for "Wonderful" and won again at the 2006 ceremony for "A House Is Not a Home". Aretha Franklin on January 20, 2009.jpg
Aretha Franklin first won the award in 2004 for "Wonderful" and won again at the 2006 ceremony for "A House Is Not a Home".
At the 2005 ceremony, Prince won the award for his performance on "Musicology". Prince.jpg
At the 2005 ceremony, Prince won the award for his performance on "Musicology".
Beyonce Knowles won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance in 2010 for her vocals on her cover of "At Last" and in 2013 for "Love on Top". Beyonce - Montreal 2013 (3) crop.jpg
Beyonce Knowles won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance in 2010 for her vocals on her cover of "At Last" and in 2013 for "Love on Top".
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
1999 Patti LaBelle "Live! One Night Only" [3]
2000 Barry White "Staying Power"

[4]
2001 The Temptations "Ear-Resistible"

[5]
2002 Gladys Knight "At Last"

[6]
2003 Chaka Khan
The Funk Brothers
"What's Going On"

[7]
2004 Aretha Franklin "Wonderful"

[8]
2005 Prince "Musicology"

[9]
2006 Aretha Franklin "A House Is Not a Home"

[10]
2007 George Benson
Al Jarreau
Jill Scott
"God Bless the Child"

[11]
2008 Gerald Levert "In My Songs"

[12]
2009 Al Green
Anthony Hamilton
"You've Got the Love I Need"

[13]
2010 Beyoncé "At Last"

[14]
2011 John Legend
The Roots
"Hang on in There"

[15]
2012 CeeLo Green
Melanie Fiona
"Fool for You" [16]
2013 Beyoncé "Love on Top" [17]
2014 Gary Clark Jr. "Please Come Home" [18]
2015 Robert Glasper Experiment
Lalah Hathaway
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
"Jesus Children"

[19]
2016 Lalah Hathaway "Little Ghetto Boy"

[20]
2017 Lalah Hathaway "Angel"

[21]
2018 Childish Gambino "Redbone"

[22]
2019 Leon Bridges /
PJ Morton featuring Yebba (TIE)
"Bet Ain't Worth the Hand" /
"How Deep Is Your Love" (TIE)

[23]

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

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