A third win would put either artist in a tie with Beyonce, who won three times in the discontinued category of Best Contemporary R&B Album. No other artists have won three Best Album awards in any R&B category.
Will Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars receive Grammy nominations in the R&B field to go along with their expected bevy of nominations in the "Big Four" and pop categories? Timberlake has a good chance of a nomination for Best R&B Performance for "Pusher Love Girl." Mars looks good for a nom for Best Traditional R&B Performance for "If I Knew."
Here are the likely nominees and runners-up for Best R&B Album and Best Urban Contemporary Album and for the two performance categories in the R&B field.
The eligibility year closed on Sept. 30. The awards will be presented on Jan. 26 at Staples Center.
Best R&B Album
The likely nominees:
Alicia Keys' Girl On Fire
John Legend's Love In The Future
Earth, Wind & Fire's Now, Then & Forever
Charlie Wilson's Love, Charlie
Also possible: Keyshia Cole's Woman To Woman, Jaheim's Appreciation Day, Chrisette Michele's Better, K. Michelle's Rebellious Soul, Ronald Isley's This Song Is For You, Gladys Knight's Another Journey, Teena Marie's Beautiful, TGT's Three Kings, Joe's Doubleback: Evolution Of R&B, Brian McKnight's More Than Words.
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Tamar Braxton's Love And War
Fantasia's Side Effects Of You
Kelly Rowland's Talk A Good Game
The Weeknd's Trilogy
Also possible: Ciara's Ciara, Mindless Behavior'sAll Around The World,Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady, Ne-Yo's R.E.D., Brandy's Two Eleven, The-Dream's IV Play.
Best R&B Performance
Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar's "How Many Drinks?"
Tamar Braxton's "Love And War"
Ciara's "Body Party"
Rihanna's "Pour It Up"
Justin Timberlake's "Pusher Love Girl"
Also possible: The Weeknd's "Wicked Games," Chris Brown featuring Nicki Minaj's "Love More," Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot's "Without Me," Mario featuring Nicki Minaj's "Somebody Else."
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Toni Braxton & Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds' "Hurt You"
Earth, Wind & Fire's "My Promise"
Fantasia's "Get It Right"
Bruno Mars' "If I Knew"
Aaron Neville's "Under The Boardwalk"
Also possible: Booker T featuring Anthony Hamilton's "Gently," Beth Hart & Jeff Beck's "I'd Rather Go Blind (Live)," Jeffrey Osborne featuring George Duke's "Smile," Phil Perry's "You Send Me," Mavis Staples' "Can You Get To That," Allen Toussaint's "Old Records," Betty Wright's "Tired," Merry Clayton & iReed Man's The Well's Run Dry," Global Noize featuring Nona Hendryx's "In Time," Kem featuring Ledisi's "Be Mine For Christmas," Jeffrey Osborne's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight."
Who and what do you think will be nominated? Weigh in below.
- Arts & Entertainment
- Alicia Keys
- Toni Braxton
- The Diary Of Alicia Keys
- John Legend
- Justin Timberlake
- Tamar Braxton