The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Grammy Predictions: The R&B Categories

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Tamar Braxton, the younger sister of Toni Braxton, is nominated for three Grammys in the R&B field this year. She's the front-runner in two of those categories: Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance for her hit "Love And War." Toni Braxton took home two Grammys in both 1994 and 1997, and has won six in all.

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).

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"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.

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Braxton's "Love And War" album is nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but the award will probably go to Rihanna's "Unapologetic." The album was Rihanna's first to reach #1 on The Billboard 200. Rihanna was crowned Best Female R&B Artist at the BET Awards.

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."

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Alicia Keys is likely to become the first artist to take home a Grammy for Best R&B Album three times. Keys is nominated for "Girl On Fire," which entered The Billboard 200 at #1 and spawned a big hit in the title track. Keys took the award for her first two albums, "Songs In A Minor" and "The Diary Of Alicia Keys."

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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Gary Clark Jr.'s "Please Come Home" is the front-runner for Best Traditional R&B Performance. It's from Clark's first major-label studio album, "Blak And Blu," which touches on a wide variety of traditionally black genres. The other nominees are Fantasia's "Get It Right," Maysa's "Quiet Fire," Gregory Porter's "Hey Laura" and Ryan Shaw's cover of the Beatles' "Yesterday."

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