Thursday, February 7, 2008

Grammy Predictions: R&B Field

This is Part 2 of 3 for my Grammy Predictions. Let me know if you think I am on point.

-Mike

Field — R&B
Category 23

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Just FineMary J. Blige[Geffen]
When I See YouFantasiaTrack from: Fantasia[J Records/19 Records/S Records]
No OneAlicia Keys[J Records/MBK Entertainment]
If I Have My WayChrisette MicheleTrack from: I Am[Def Jam Recordings]
Hate On MeJill ScottTrack from: The Real Thing[Hidden Beach Recordings]

Alicia Keys will win this award for the mega-hit, “No One”, but Chrisette Michele should win because her vocals on “If I Have My Way” knock Alicia out the water.

Category 24
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

WomanRaheem DeVaughn[Jive Records]
B.U.D.D.Y.Musiq SoulchildTrack from: Luvanmusiq[Atlantic Records]
Because Of YouNe-Yo[Def Jam Recordings]
Future Baby MamaPrinceTrack from: Planet Earth[Columbia/NPG Records]
Please Don't GoTankTrack from: Sex, Love & Pain[Blackground/Universal Motown]

My prediction is that Ne-Yo will get the Best R&B male vocal, but truthfully, Tank can sing Ne-Yo under the table and “Please Don’t Go” was a better R&B track than the forgettable “Because Of You.”

Category 25
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Same GirlR. Kelly Featuring UsherTrack from: Double Up[Jive]
DisrespectfulChaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige[Burgundy/Sony/BMG]
Hate That I Love YouRihanna Featuring Ne-YoTrack from: Good Girl Gone Bad[Def Jam Recordings]
BabyAngie Stone Featuring Betty Wright[Stax]
BartenderT-Pain Featuring Akon[Jive]

I predict Kells and Ush will take this one. Surprisingly, I think Chaka and Mary should win the gramophone. “Disrespectful” was a well produced (Rich Harrison of “Crazy In Love” fame) and well arranged collab between these two powerhouses.

Category 27
Best Urban/Alternative Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Make A Baby - Vikter DuplaixT rack from: Bold And Beautiful[BBE]
That’s The Way Of The World - Dwele Track from: Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire[Stax]
Daydreamin' - Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott Track from: Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor[1st & 15th/Atlantic]
Fantasy - Meshell Ndegeocello Track from: Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire[Stax]
Dream - Alice SmithTrack from: For Lovers, Dreamers & Me[BBE Records]

I think this should and will be Lupe’s first Grammy win. Underrated but growing in popularity, I think this win will heighten Lupe’s profile right before the Kanye West Glow In The Dark Tour (Can’t you tell that I can’t wait for this concert, lol)

Category 28
Best R&B Song (A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Beautiful Flower - India.Arie & Joyce Simpson, songwriters (India.Arie)[Universal Republic Records; Publishers: Gold & Iron Music Publishing, WB Music Corp.]

Hate That I Love You - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo)Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad[Def Jam Recordings; Publishers: EMI April Music, Sony/ATV Tunes]

No One - Dirty Harry, Kerry Brothers & Alicia Keys, songwriters (Alicia Keys)[J Records/MBK Entertainment; Publishers: Lellow Productions/EMI April Music, Book Of Daniel Music/EMI Music Publishing, D. Harry Productions]

Teachme - Ivan Barias, Adam W. Blackstone, Randall C. Bowland, Carvin Haggins, Johnnie Smith II & Corey Latif Williams, songwriters (Musiq Soulchild)Track from: Luvanmusiq[Atlantic; Publishers: Nivrac Tyke/Universal Publishing, Latif Music/Universal Publishing, Tetra Grammaton/Universal Music Publishing, Melodic Piano Productions, HC 1030 Publishing]
When I See U - Louis Biancaniello, Waynne Nugent, Erika Nuri, Kevin Risto, Janet Sewel & Sam Watters, songwriters (Fantasia)Track from: Fantasia[J Records/19 Records/S Records; Publishers: Breakthrough Creations/EMI April Music, S.M.Y. Publishing/Sony/ATV Tunes, Break North Music/Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Wayne Writers/Sony/ATV Tunes, J. Sewell Publishing, Golden The Super Kid Music]

Alicia will get this one even though Musiq deserves it.

Category 29
Best R&B Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Funk ThisChaka Khan[Burgundy Records]
Lost & FoundLedisi[Verve Forecast]
LuvanmusiqMusiq Soulchild[Atlantic]
The Real ThingJill Scott[Hidden Beach Recordings]
Sex, Love & PainTank[Blackground/Universal Motown Records]

I think that Musiq deserves this accolade. “Luvanmusiq” was a great R&B record from start to finish and showed growth vocally and artistically. I think his only major competition is Jill Scott in this category.

Category 30
Best Contemporary R&B Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

KonvictedAkon[SRC/Universal Motown]
Just Like YouKeyshia Cole[Confidential Records/Geffen]
FantasiaFantasia[J Records/19 Records/S Records]
East Side StoryEmily King[J Records]
Because Of YouNe-Yo[Def Jam Recordings]

Unfortunately, I predict Akon will take this one home. Despite what I think of him as a vocalist, He really has put his stamp on the industry and is a hitmaker. I think that Emily King should win the award. She has a fresh sound and if you aren’t up on her, check her out.

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