Cee Lo Green has made appearances in various Grammy genre categories, now appearing for the first time in Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Fool for You" with Melanie Fiona. He won Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Forget You" last year. Now the genre-bending singer could get a consolation win in this category since he won't win his Best Pop Vocal Album bid for "The Lady Killer." He'll have to overcome some stiff competition, however.
Soul singer Betty Wright had her most prominence in the 1970s and is now enjoying something of a resurgence. She teams up with The Roots, who won this category last year with John Legend, on "Surrender." Wright, in fact, lost to The Roots since she was nodded for the first time here last year for "Go." Their teaming will probably be irresistible to Grammy voters.
"Radio Message" by R. Kelly is the second track off his album "Love Letter" to find a nomination in this category. "When a Woman Loves" was his first time appearing in Best Traditional R&B Performance. This throwback tune could be a spoiler.
Raphael Saadiq is competing for his third time in this field with "Good Man." Neither "Love That Girl" (2009) nor "I Found My Everything" (2007) with Mary J. Blige were winners. Odds are that the third time won't be the charm for this former member of Tony! Toni! Tone!
Eric Benet already had a handful of Grammy nominations in various R&B categories, but "Sometimes I Cry" marks his first appearance in the traditional field. The track hit the top 20 on Billboard's R&B chart. Sadly, this might be one of the times he cries since he's unlikely to win this year.
Listen to the nominated songs below.