Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album

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Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album
Awarded forquality urban contemporary music albums
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded2013
Currently held by The Carters, Everything Is Love (2019)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary 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 urban contemporary subgenre within the R&B field. 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

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.

Urban contemporary, also known as urban pop, or just simply urban, is a music radio format. The term was coined by New York radio DJ Frankie Crocker in the early to mid-1970s. Urban contemporary radio stations feature a playlist made up entirely of genres such as R&B, pop-rap, British R&B, quiet storm, adult contemporary, hip hop, Latin music such as Latin pops, Chicano R&B, Chicano rap, and Caribbean music such as reggae. Urban contemporary was developed through the characteristics of genres such as R&B and soul. Largely a US phenomenon, virtually all urban contemporary formatted radio stations in the United States are located in cities that have sizeable African-American populations, such as New York City, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Oakland, Los Angeles, Flint, Baltimore, Boston, Birmingham, and Jackson.

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This category was one of the three newly created categories for the 55th Grammy Awards. According to the category description guide it is intended for "albums containing at least 51 percent playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B. This category is intended for artists whose music includes the more contemporary elements of R&B and may incorporate production elements found in urban pop, urban Euro-pop, urban rock, and urban alternative". [3]

Recipients

Frank Ocean was the first recipient in 2013 Frank Ocean Wireless 2013.jpg
Frank Ocean was the first recipient in 2013
2016 and 2018 award winner, The Weeknd The Weeknd 2015.jpg
2016 and 2018 award winner, The Weeknd
Beyonce has won this award twice in 2017 and 2019 FWT10.jpg
Beyoncé has won this award twice in 2017 and 2019
Year [I] Performing artist(s)WorkNomineesRef.
2013 Frank Ocean Channel Orange [4]
[5]
2014 Rihanna Unapologetic [6]
2015 Pharrell Williams Girl [7]
2016 The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness [8]
2017 Beyoncé Lemonade [9]
2018 The Weeknd Starboy [10]
2019 The Carters Everything Is Love [11]

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

Artists with multiple wins

2 wins

Artists with multiple nominations

3 nominations
2 nominations

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