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    What if Pop, R&B, Dance, Rock, Country and Rap album categories existed before?

    Would Thriller by Michael Jackson have won the R&B or Pop album category?

    Would Whitney by Whitney Houston have won the Pop Album category in 1988?

    CeCe Peniston’s debut album would have won best Dance album in 1993.

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    Thriller (the album) won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, so I assume it would have been placed in Best Pop Vocal Album, not R&B Album.

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    – Michael Jackson’s Thriller would’ve won Best Pop Album.
    – Whitney Houston’s Whitney would’ve been nominated for Best Pop Album, but would’ve lost to Michael Jackson’s Bad.
    – I’m not even sure if CeCe Peniston’s Finally would’ve been nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album. It could go Pop or R&B.
    – Toni Braxton’s self-titled debut album would’ve won Best R&B Album in 1993.

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    I’m curious where the following albums by the following artists would be submitted.

    Where would Janet Jackson’s albums, Control Rhythm Nation 1814 and Janet. be submitted? Black Cat from Rhythm Nation 1814 was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance

    In addition to Prince’s Purple Rain and Sign O’ the Times albums?

    Lastly, where would Mariah Carey’s albums, self-titled debut, Emotions and Music Box be nominated at?

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    Janet Jackson would’ve submitted to the following:
    Control: Best Pop Album
    Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814: Best Pop Album
    janet.: Best R&B Album

    Prince would’ve submitted to the following:
    Purple Rain: Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
    Sign O’ the Times: Best R&B Album

    Mariah Carey would’ve submitted to the following:
    Mariah Carey: Best Pop Album
    Emotions: Best Pop Album
    Music Box: Best Pop Album

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    Control would have been placed in Best R&B Album. It was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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    Emmyfan
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    Control by Janet Jackson would have probably lost to Anita Baker’s Rapture.

    I think that Kylie Minogue would have won Dance Album for the one with Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.

    Gloria Estefan would have won Dance Album for Gloria in 1999.

    Lionel Richie probably would have won Pop Album for Can’t Slow Down.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Yeah in the 90s the Grammys would’ve done something as ridiculous as giving Gloria Estefan that Grammy for her “dance” album.

    Donna Summer would’ve won that category a few times too. Same for other Disco artists from those days.

    But this category seems like the one that NEVER would’ve existed “from day one” as the title of the thread says.

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    That’s why I put Janet Jackson’s Control in Best Pop Album. No way was she winning over Anita Baker.

    I wonder if Tina Turner’s Private Dancer would’ve went Best Pop Album or Best R&B Album.

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    It’s irrelevant whether or not Janet would have lost to Anita Baker if R&B Album existed in the ’80s, especially when she still lost to Anita Baker in R&B Female. Control went R&B Female (not Pop Female) in the ’80s, so there’s no reason to believe had Pop Album existed, it would have gone there. Besides, if Janet’s label wanted to avoid Anita, she could have easily gone Urban Contemporary/Contemporary R&B or whatever it would have been called in the ’80s.

    Anyway, Private Dancer is not an R&B Album, it’s definitely Pop. Also, Snoop’s Doggy Style would have been a strong contender to take Rap Album.

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    Salt-N-Pepa probably would’ve won Best Rap Album for Very Necessary over Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggy Style. They weren’t considered “gangsta rap” and the girls had major pop appeal.

    Best Rap Song in 1994 would’ve probably been between “None of Your Business” and “U.N.I.T.Y.”

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    Queen Latifah would have prevailed in Rap Album over Salt-N-Pepa and Snoop Doggy Dogg.

    Aretha Franklin’s album called Aretha would have won R&B Album and this is the one with Jimmy Lee, I Knew You Were Waiting For Me and Jumping’ Jack Flash.

    Where would Purple Rain have been submitted?

    L.L. Cool J would have won Rap Album for Mama Said Knock You Out.

    Dr. Dre would have won Rap Album for The Chronic.

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    Xtina
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    Honey, I highly doubt Queen Latifah would have won Best Rap Album. Salt-N-Pepa’s Very Necessary sold five million copies in the U.S. and the girls had tons of critical acclaim.

    Purple Rain would have been submitted to Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

    Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em by MC Hammer would have won Best Rap Album over Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J. MC Hammer was nominated for Album of the Year and had massive commercial success.

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    Aretha Franklin’s Aretha album with Jimmy Lee and I Knew You Were Waiting would have won R&B Album for 1987.

    Patti LaBelle would have won R&B Album for Burnin’ for 1991.

    Luther Vandross would have been very deserving for R&B Album in 1985, but would have probably lost to Stevie Wonder In Circle or Aretha Franklin’s Who Zooming Who.

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    1987

    Best Rap Album
    Boogie Down Productions, Criminal Minded
    Eric B. & Rakim, Paid in Full
    The Fat Boys, Crushin’
    LL Cool J, Bigger and Deffer
    Public Enemy, Yo! Bum Rush the Show

    1988

    Best Rap Album
    Boogie Down Productions, By All Means Necessary
    DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper
    N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton
    Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    Run-D.M.C., Tougher Than Leather

    1989

    Best Rap Album
    Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique
    De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising
    LL Cool J, Walking with a Panther
    Slick Rick, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
    Tone Loc, Loc-ed After Dark

    1990

    Best Rap Album
    A Tribe Called Quest, People’s Instinctive Travels …
    DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, And in This Corner…
    Ice Cube, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
    Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet
    Queen Latifah, All Hail the Queen

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