Grammys 2013 Predictions: R&B Field
Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, which is likely to receive a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, is also the front-runner to win for Best Urban Contemporary Album. This will be the first time the latter award will be presented. It’s an adaptation of an old category, Best Contemporary R&B Album, which was presented from 2003 through 2011.
Ocean’s competition is likely to include Chris Brown, who won last year for Best R&B Album; Usher, a two-time winner for Best Contemporary R&B Album; Mary J. Blige, who won both Best R&B Album and Best Contemporary R&B Album; and Trey Songz, who has yet to win a Grammy.
Boyz II Men, which won the first Grammy ever presented for Best R&B Album for 1994’s II, has a chance of returning to the finals in that category for its 20th anniversary album, Twenty. The other likely nominees are Monica’s New Life, R. Kelly’s Write Me Back, Eric Benet’s The One and Anthony Hamilton’s Back To Love.
Whitney Houston, who died the day before the 2012 Grammy ceremony, has a chance at two nominations. “Celebrate,” a collaboration with Jordin Sparks from their remake of the 1976 movie, Sparkle, is vying for Best R&B Performance. “I Look To You,” a coupling with R. Kelly, is vying for Best Traditional R&B Performance. The latter song was the title track of Houston’s final studio album, which was released in 2009.
The Grammy nominations will be announced on a live TV special on Dec. 5. The awards will be presented on Feb. 10.