Sade is that rarity in
Grammy history — a Best New Artist living up to their potential. in 1985, this English R&B band fronted by the silky-voiced Sade Adu prevailed against A-Ha, Freddie Jackson, Katrina and the Waves and Julian Lennon. Since then, the group has preferred to concentrate on quality over quantity, releasing just four more studio albums.
In 1993, Sade won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for “No Ordinary Love” from “Love Deluxe” over tunes from Boyz II Men, Earth, Wind & Fire, En Vogue and Tony! Toni! Tone!. And In 2001, they won Best Pop Vocal Album for “Lovers Rock” besting discs by Nelly Furtado, Janet Jackson, Elton John and ‘NSYNC.
However, Sade has not contended in the General Field since they won that Best New Artist award. That could all change this year. In February, “Soldier of Love” — Sade’s sixth album studio — debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 and is a strong contender for Album of the Year. And the title track was submitted for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Beyond these, Sade should do well in the R&B Field, with likely bids for Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Sade are also likely to be nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Babyfather.” And “Soldier of Love” could pick up a nom for Best Music Video (Short Form).
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Image: “Solidier of Love” album cover (RCA)