Grammy Predictions: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

Gold Derby’s music experts David Schnelwar and Darrin Dortch diagree over who will win and who should win this race.

“Gone Already,” Faith Evans
“Bittersweet,” Fantasia
“Everything To Me,” Monica
“Tired,” Kelly Price
“Holding You Down,” Jazmine Sullivan

David’s take: Fortunately for this year’s Best Female R&B Vocal Performance nominees, Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Mary J. Blige were not nominated this year. All three have won multiple times this past decade. This year there will be a first time Grammy winner in Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Monica and Fantasia are also nominated for Best R&B Album. Fantasia has a slight edge over Monica because her song “Bittersweet” was nominated for Best R&B Song. Faith Evans and Kelly Price are not likely to upset. I am going out on a limb and predicting Jazmine Sullivan. This is Jazmine’s third consecutive  nomination in this category. And she is the only one who has been nominated in the General Field previously. I am still impressed that she was able to get nominated for Best New Artist in 2008 instead of Sara Bareilles, Leona Lewis and Katy Perry.

Will win: Jazmine Sullivan, “Holding You Down (Going In Circles)”
Should win: Jazmine Sullivan, “Holding You Down (Going In Circles)”
Spoiler: Fantasia, “Bittersweet”

Darrin’s take: Alicia Keys was shockingly (and undeservingly) snubbed here so there’s no immediate frontrunner. This is Sullivan’s eighth nomination in three years and she’s a past Best New Artist nominee so she’s definitely a dark horse here. Monica’s single was a long running #1 hit on the R&B charts and she’s also nominated for R&B Album so she could spoil as well. However, voters will likely award Fantasia her very first Grammy. Fantasia’s track was a Top 10 hit on the R&B charts, is nominated for R&B Song, and Fantasia herself is also up for R&B Album. Fantasia will likely also garner sympathy votes due to her personal troubles this past year.

Will win: Fantasia, “Bittersweet”
Should Win: Fantasia, “Bittersweet”
Spoiler: Monica and Jazmine Sullivan


POP: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Pop Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

DANCEBest Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording.

RAPBest Rap SongBest Rap Album, Best Rap Duo or Group, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Solo Performance.

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