Last week, we began our R&B GRAMMY fact rundown with Jhené Aiko and the Best R&B Song category. We continue educating our readers about the GRAMMYs and the interesting facts surrounding artists, songwriters and producers with Toni Braxton and Babyface.
The musical couple’s 2013 album Love, Marriage and Divorce received a nomination for Best R&B Album at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Surprisingly, the accolade for Best R&B Album has only been around for 20 years. The award’s first recipients were Boyz II Men for their sophomore album II in 1995. Alicia Keys won the award previously for her 2012 release, Girl On Fire.
Throughout the years, groups and solo artists such as Destiny’s Child, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige and TLC have won and been nominated for the Best R&B Album award. However, after 20 years, Toni Braxton and Babyface score an amazing accomplishment before the upcoming ceremony next month. The “Hurt You” pair becomes the first-ever male and female duo to be nominated for Best R&B Album in its two-decade existence.
If the twosome wins, they will be first-ever male and female duo to walk away with the gramophone. Make sure to watch the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 8 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
UPDATED as of Feb. 8: Toni Braxton and Babyface win Best R&B Album.
R&B legend Toni Braxton teams with her alleged boyfriend Birdman for her a new track, “Heart Away.” Produced by London On Da Track, the edgy tune is an interpolation of Cash Money artist Dez Deshon’s song “Hardaway.”
“He took my heart away, bad man with good manner / Played me like I was a habit / Middle finger, he could have it / I used to dream of livin’ lavish / Now a girl’s a livin’ legend,” Braxton sings.
Birdman raps, “I got something worth more than money / Go to church, free the birds on Sundays / So much pain I took you away from it / When I pull up on you I’m stunting.”
Here at Rated R&B, our mission is to deliver interesting and engaging content on the R&B genre of music. R&B talent comes in many different shapes and sizes and sometimes comes from different countries as well. You’ve heard of Jessie J, Marsha Ambrosius, and Daley, but in this piece, we’re going to put you on the game to the most exciting up-and-coming R&B artists in the United Kingdom. With voices that liken to Ariana Grande and Eric Bellinger, there’s surely an artist on this shortlist that’ll pique your interest. Check out our list of the 5 R&B UK Artists to Watch in 2018 below:
Polydor Records-signee Mabel came in with a bang in 2017 when her hit single “Finder’s Keepers” reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart. The song, which features rapper Kojo Funds, also peaked at No. 2 on the UK R&B Singles Chart. Her breezy vocals, pop radio appeal, and charming style are on trend, and she already has found Top 40 success in her latest collaboration with UK artist Not3s entitled “My Lover (Remix).” If you like what you hear in the video below, check out Mabel’s 2017 EP Bedroom, which is available on all digital platforms.
Angel’s career blasted off with a string of hits in 2012, including UK Singles Top 10 earner and UK R&B Songs chart-topper “Wonderful.” Now signed to Motown Records, the London-born singer dropped consistently catchy tunes in 2017, including the SWV-interpolated and Eugene Wilde-sampled “Take You Home.” If he can continue this upward trajectory and his formula of mainstream sounds with a 90s R&B twist, Angel could very well land a solid radio hit by year’s end.
Banks broke big in 2014 for his assist of Chase and Status’ “Alive,” which peaked at No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Banks’ gruff and smoky vocals have been used in promotions across the globe, including popular sports game “FIFA 15” and popular TV shows like STARZ’s Power and USA’s Suits. After the release of his 2017 EP The Boy Who Cried Freedom, Banks is more confident than ever and ready to make a splash in 2018.
Ella Mai might be the most recognizable name on this list, and that’s because this woman has been working! After a stint on the 11th series of X Factor UK in 2014, the singer signed with DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers label. She’s released not one, not two, but three EPs in a year’s time, and was recently one of the featured acts on Kehlani’s 2017 “SweetSexySavage World Tour,” which ended its run in November. Now working on her debut album and kicking off 2018 with a fresh single, Ella Mai is just one hit away from her big break, and if her current sound and relatable lyrics have anything to do with it, then she is well on her way.
Who’s your favorite artist on this shortlist? Let us know in the comment section below!
Another ten years has caught up with us in the realm of R&B music.
Let’s jog your memory for a minute. For starters, 2008 saw Mariah Carey touch the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the 18th time with “Touch My Body.” Usher showed his strength by “Moving Mountains,” while Beyoncé led ladies to the club, singing, “If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.”
We heard the debut projects from Day26, Jennifer Hudson, Tiffany Evans and Jazmine Sullivan. Also, 2008 ended listeners music drought from veterans Deborah Cox, Ashanti, Keith Sweat and Brandy.
Rated R&B has compiled a list of 31 R&B/soul albums that celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.
Randomness: On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won presidency, becoming the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States.
Raheem DeVaughn — Love Behind the Melody Release Date: January 15 Record Label: Jive Records Singles: “Woman,” “Customer” and “Text Messages”