Tamar Braxton co-wrote "Love And War" with Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels and Makeba Riddick. The other nominees for Best R&B Song are Anthony Hamilton's "Best Of Me" (which he co-wrote with Jairus Mozee), PJ Morton's "Only One," Justin Timberlake's "Pusher Love Girl" (which he co-wrote with James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon & Timothy Mosley) and Fantasia's "Without Me" (which she co-wrote with Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart).
"How Many Drinks?" by Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar is Braxton's strongest competition for Best R&B Performance. The track is from Miguel's "Kaleidoscope Dream," which was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album last year. Lamar is nominated for seven Grammys this year, including Album of the Year. Miguel and Lamar were both big winners at the BET Awards in June. Miguel was named Best Male R&B Artist; Lamar won as Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.
The other nominees for Best R&B Performance are Anthony Hamilton's "Best Of Me," "Nakamarra" by Hiatus Kaiyote featuring Q-Tip and a cover of Lalah Hathaway's "Something" by Snarky Puppy with a guest turn by Hathaway.
The other nominees are Fantasia's "Side Effects Of You," Salaam Remi's "One: In The Chamber" and Mack Wilds's "New York: A Love Story."
Or, though it's less likely, John Legend could be headed for his third win in the category. Legend is nominated for "Love In The Future." He previously won for "Get Lifted" and "Wake Up!," his 2010 collaboration with The Roots.
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The other nominees in the category are Faith Evans' "R&B Divas," Chrisette Michele's "Better" and TGT's "Three Kings." (That all-star trio consists of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank).
(For the record, Beyonce won in a related category, Best Contemporary R&B Album, three times. That category has since been discontinued.)
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