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    I really like Deborah Cox and she is very underrated as a singer. I don’t understand why she never received any Grammy nominations – especially for Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here. When Deborah was nominated for Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here received nominations from other award shows – she would win and defeat Lauryn Hill.

    If she were nominated for R&B Female against Lauryn Hill, would she have defeated Lauryn Hill? Would she have been a 6th nominee or who would she have knocked off the list? The nominees for R&B Female at the 1999 Grammys were:

    Lauryn – Doo Wop (That Thing)
    Aretha Franklin – A Rose Is Still A Rose
    Janet Jackson – I Get So Lonely
    Aailyah – Are You That Somebody
    Erykah Badu – Tyrone

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    No.

    Lauryn’s debut solo era was a phenomenon.

    “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” was a massive hit, but “Doo Wop” went straight to #1. It’s impact was bigger and the lyrical content felt more Grammy friendly.

    Had the Rap/Sung Performance existed at that time, Lauryn probably would’ve submitted “Doo Wop” and won.

    Aretha would’ve won Female R&B for “A Rose Is Still A Rose”. Which was ironically written by Miss Hill.

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    The interesting thing is that I remember Deborah Cox’s Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here defeating Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop(That Thing) at the Soul Train awards and the Lady Soul Awards. Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here was number 1 on the R&B charts for 14 weeks.

    I just watched the Deborah Cox episode of Unsung

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    If she didn’t get nominated, then how is it logical to believe that she would have won if nominated? I’m not sure if there were genre panels back then. Besides, Lauryn Hill was unbeatable that year, managing nominations in multiple fields. Her R&B wins were her biggest locks.

    With that being said, “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” should have been definitely nominated. It was a huge hit and a powerful performance. However, I’m not quite sure if I would have bumped any of the other nominees for it. It should have been the 6th place nominee.

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    Anything is possible with these award shows. I know this happened at the Emmys. Look at Peter Scolari from Girls who got nominated and won after Peter Macnichol from Veep was bumped from Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. We have Scolari who did not make the initial list of nominees who ended up winning.

    I wonder how many voters vote for the initial nominees versus how many voters vote for the winner.

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    I don’t think she could’ve knocked out any one of the nominees, this is probably one of the strongest lineups in any grammy category ever, my least favourite here is the janet song and I loved that album

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    It’s equally baffling that We Can’t Be Friends wasn’t nominated for R&B Duo or Group Performance.

    Same Script, Different Cast should’ve been nominated in 2000 for R&B Duo as well.

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    We Can’t Be Friends – Deborah Cox and RL was released in September 1999

    Below are the nominees for R&B Duo or Group:

    TLC for “No Scrubs”
    Destiny’s Child for “Bills, Bills, Bills”
    Mary J. Blige & Aretha Franklin for “Don’t Waste Your Time”
    Eric Benet & Tamia for “Spend My Life with You”
    Whitney Houston, Faith Evans & Kelly Price for “Heartbreak Hotel”

    TLC won, but my vote would have been for Heartbreak Hotel with Spend My Life With You as second place.

    If I were to eliminate one of the nominees, then it would have been Don’t Waste Your Time.

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    I was also surprised that Kelly Price’s Friend of Mine did not get nominated also.

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    I am also surprised that the remix of Nobody’s Supposed to Be did not get included in the work of the nominees of the Remixer Of The Year category. Each nominee in the Remixer category had 6 songs that represent their body of work.

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