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  • PoweR
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    Who will win Best Traditional R&B Performance?

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    PoweR
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    This is a pretty decent category.

    My favorite entry here is by far Jazmine Sullivan’s “Let it Burn.” Everything from the After 7 sample to the songwriting to the vocals is amazing. It’s what I’m rooting for on Grammy day.

    However, it’s not what I’m predicting. I’m predicting Lalah Hathaway. She managed to get two late career wins these last few years, and she’s covering her father’s classic. She has certainly become a favorite, and this would be a great time to give her a win for just her name (she previously won with Snarky Puppy in Best R&B Performance and Robert Glasper & Malcolm Jamal Warner in this category, though it was pretty much her vocals that won those Grammys).

    Tyrese could win here, especially since he’s like the spokesperson for “real Soul” and has done well for himself, and “Shame” is a pretty good song (even though it’s a rip off of “Send for Me” by Atlantic Star). The R&B Song nomination certainly could help. However, he just always ended up faltering, so he’s not a safe bet to predict. 

    Jazmine could win it, and she should. She has R&B Album and R&B Song nominations, so it could certainly happen, but like in the case of Tyrese, she always falters.

    Charlie Wilson could take it based on his status in the R&B community. He’s been around even longer than Lalah Hathaway, and veteran status has played a part in many wins. He’s also up for R&B Album, but he is someone else who also falters come Grammy day.

    Faith Evans is just always an R&B filler nominee. Her track is the weakest of the bunch, so I don’t see it for her.

    So, I just think Lalah Hathaway is the safest to pick, so I’m sticking with that until Grammy day. 

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    ImKing
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    Tyrese easily wins here.

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    Xtina
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    This category is always tough to predict.  All of the nominees are good.  Faith Evans is filler.  She’s out.  Charlie Wilson’s nomination is his reward.  Jazmine Sullivan deserves to win, but she’ll fall short.  Lalah Hathaway has won two Grammy Awards in the last two years, so she’s a threat here.  However, Tyrese seems poised to win.

    SHOULD WIN: Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn”
    WILL WIN: Tyrese, “Shame” 

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    circa 1993
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    Tyrese’s “Shame” made the biggest impact on the Urban AC charts. Plus he’s been very vocal this year about the state of R&B music in the mainstream. I think his visibility will help push him over the edge.

    But with his luck, Lalah Hathaway will probably win.
     

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    Madson Melo
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    I’m rooting for Jazmine, but Tyrese will win.

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    Jw79bull
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    I’m rooting for Janet and J Cole to win for “No Sleep” oh wait…she submitted herself in te Pop category….well Come on Jazmine Sullivan 🙂

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    Atypical
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    Generally strong category. Faith Evans has the most “traditional” sounding song of the category. The rest sound pretty contemporary in comparison. Charlie Wilson has a great vocal performance here, but the song’s middlng. Tyrese’s song is awful, but I see he has the hit of the group. I think the race is between Lalah Hathaway and Jazmine Sullivan. Lalah has the legacy behind the song “Little Ghetto Boy” and some past recent wins that should take her to the finish line. I liked Jazmine’s song more, but I would have placed it in R&B Performance instead. Anything to replace poor choices like “Planes” and “Breathing Underwater.” Picking Lalah, but rooting for Jazmine, as she’s considered somewhat overdue for a first Grammy win.

    WILL WIN: Lalah Hathaway, “Little Ghetto Boy”
    SHOULD WIN: Jazmine Sullivan, “Let It Burn”

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    Erica
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    I think Tyrese may win this

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    Tyrese’s “Shame” made the biggest impact on the Urban AC charts. Plus he’s been very vocal this year about the state of R&B music in the mainstream. I think his visibility will help push him over the edge.

    But with his luck, Lalah Hathaway will probably win.

    HA! I called it. I knew that goddamn Lalah Hathaway would surprise win…again. 

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    PoweR
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    With R&B in a standstill and the R&B favorites dominating less, Lalah Hathaway is becoming a name-check. It’s hard to bet against here. She was definitely the reason Snarky Puppy won their first Grammy. She’s now a three-time Grammy winner.

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    Jazmine needs to duet with either Tony Bennett or Alison Krauss. Love you Lalah but I see that the Grammys have turned you into a darling. 

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