Rihanna (‘Anti’): Top 3 reasons she could upset Beyonce for Best Urban Contemporary Album

Currently, Beyonce leads Gold Derby’s predictions to win Best Urban Contemporary Album with odds of 1/10. Rihanna is currently ranked second with 25/1 odds. Best New Artist Nominee Anderson Paak, soul singer Gallant and female R&B group KING round out the category in third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.

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This is the second nomination in this category for both Beyonce and Rihanna. Beyonce was previously nominated in 2015 for her self-titled album and Rihanna previously won in 2014 for “Unapologetic.”
Anderson Paak, Gallant, and KING all earned their first nomination in this category.

Since this category’s inception in 2013, three of the four previous winners received Album of the Year nominations. Frank Ocean (“Channel Orange,” 2013), Pharrell Williams (“GIRL,” 2015) and last year’s winner The Weekend (“Beauty Behind the Madness,” 2016). Based on that trend alone, it seems that Beyonce would have this category on lock. However, Rihanna could pose a threat to win. Here’s why:

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1. Multiple nominations in R&B field
When nominations were announced in December, Beyonce surprisingly received only one nomination in the R&B field — this category — whereas Rihanna also received nominations for Best R&B Performance for “Needed Me” and Best R&B Song for “Kiss It Better.”

2. Commercial Success of “Anti”
Like “Lemonade,” “Anti” was a commercial and critical success. It has been certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and produced three top-20 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart: “Work,” “Needed Me” and most recently “Love on the Brain.”

3. Beyonce vs. Pharrell
At the 2015 Grammys, Beyonce’s self-titled album was the odds-on favorite to win in this category. But shockingly she lost the award to Pharrell’s “GIRL,” which had also received an Album of the Year nomination. It’s also important to note that Pharrell was coming off his most commercially successful year with the success of the song “Happy.”

Will the Grammys voters like the taste of Lemonade and award Beyonce or will be ANTI-Lemonade and vote for Rihanna? Find out, when the 59th Grammy Awards airs live, February 12th on CBS.

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