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    Briana Breeze
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    To all of the R&B fans out there, this category was first introduced in 1968 when Aretha Franklin won for her song “Respect”, she would end up winning this category 11 times. The last winner of this category was Fantasia for her song “Bittersweet” in 2011.

    Who are your personal favorites in this category?

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    Aj Jennings
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    Anita Baker and Toni Braxton rightly owned and deserved every award they won.

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    I think Whitney should have won R&B over Toni for “I’m Every Woman.”

    Aaliyah’s family should have submitted and won for “I Care For You.”

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    Aj Jennings
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    Toni sung the absolute shit out of “Another Sad Love Song”. I love Whitney but that was all hers.

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    1968 Aretha Franklin — “Respect”
    1969 Aretha Franklin — “Chain of Fools”
    1970 Aretha Franklin — “Share Your Love with Me”
    1971 Nina Simone, Black Gold
    1972 Aretha Franklin — “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
    1973 Aretha Franklin, Young, Gifted, & Black
    1974 Ann Peebles — “I Can’t Stand the Rain”
    1975 Millie Jackson — “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right”
    1976 Natalie Cole — “This Will Be”
    1977 Aretha Franklin — “Something He Can Feel”
    1978 Thelma Houston — “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
    1979 Chaka Khan — “I’m Every Woman”
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    1980 Donna Summer — “Bad Girls”
    1981 Diana Ross — “Upside Down”
    1982 Teena Marie, It Must Be Magic
    1983 Jennifer Holliday — “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”
    1984 Patti LaBelle – “The Best Is Yet to Come”
    1985 Chaka Khan — “I Feel For You”
    1986 Aretha Franklin — “Freeway of Love”
    1987 Anita Baker, Rapture
    1988 Jody Watley – “Looking for a New Love”
    1989 Anita Baker — “Give You the Best That I Got”
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    1990 Janet Jackson — “Miss You Much”
    1991 Janet Jackson — “Alright”
    1992 Patti LaBelle, Burnin’
    1993 Whitney Houston — “I Belong to You”
    1994 Toni Braxton — “Another Sad Love Song”
    1995 Toni Braxton — “Breathe Again”
    1996 Mariah Carey — “Always Be My Baby”
    1997 Toni Braxton — “You’re Makin’ Me High”
    1998 Erykah Badu — “On & On”
    1999 Lauryn Hill — “Doo Wop (That Thing)”
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    2000 Whitney Houston — “It’s Not Right but It’s Okay”
    2001 Toni Braxton — “He Wasn’t Man Enough”
    2002 Alicia Keys — “Fallin”
    2003 Jill Scott — “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)”
    2004 Beyonce — “Dangerously in Love 2”
    2005 Alicia Keys — “If I Ain’t Got You”
    2006 Mariah Carey — “We Belong Together”
    2007 Mary J. Blige — “Be Without You”
    2008 Fantasia — “When I See U”
    2009 Jennifer Hudson — “Spotlight”
    2010 Jazmine Sullivan — “Lions, Tigers, & Bears”
    2011 Monica — “Everything to Me”

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    Honey, the legendary Toni Braxton deserved all of her Best Female R&B Vocal Performance wins.

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    I would have given Whitney the win for “I’m Every Woman” in 1993, but I won’t begrudge Toni from that win for “Another Sad Love Song,” which is one of my favorite songs by her. I would have definitely given “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” the win over “You’re Makin’ Me High” in 1996, even though I loved that song, too.

    This category had a strong list of winners. I do think about four of Aretha’s wins should have went elsewhere, but she was the Queen of Soul, so it was hard not to name-check her every year.

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    Aj Jennings
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    Beyoncé absolutely did not deserve to win to yet alone be nominated for “Single Ladies”. It was in the wrong category! She literally stole that from Jazmine! Also as legendary as she is, Diana simply had nothing on her competition. Stephanie Mills absolutely deserved it! Never Knew Love Like This gives me complete butterflies, probably my favorite win.

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    Dan Jo
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    One of Grammys best retired categories. The winners and nominees were awesome especially the 1997. Four of the songs were nominated for Best R&B Song. Kudos to Babyface, most of his compositions sang by female R&B singers and got nominated and win.

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    Honey, winners if Best Female R&B Vocal Performance still existed:

    2012 – Corinne Bailey Rae, “Is This Love”
    2013 – Elle Varner, “Refill”
    2014 – Tamar Braxton, “Love and War”
    2015 – Tamia, “Sandwich and a Soda”
    2016 – Andra Day, “Rise Up”
    2017 – Solange, “Cranes in the Sky”
    2018 – SZA, “The Weekend”
    2019 – Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
    2020 – Ella Mai, “Trip”

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    I would not have been mad if Not Got’ Cry by Mary J. Blige won in 1997

    Toni Braxton “You’re Makin’ Me High” – WINNER
    Brandy – “Sittin’ Up in My Room”
    Mary J. Blige – “Not Gon’ Cry”
    Tamia – “You Put a Move on My Heart”
    Whitney Houston – “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”

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    Stephanie Mills should have received additional nominations in this category for the following:

    I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love
    I Feel Good
    If I Were Your Woman
    Comfort of a Man

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    Prada
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    Honey, 1997 and 2002 had the best Female R&B Vocal Performance line-ups.  Back when music was actually good.

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    Toni Braxton deserved the win for “Another Sad Love Song”. That song is a timeless classic.

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    I would not have been mad if Not Got’ Cry by Mary J. Blige won in 1997

    Toni Braxton “You’re Makin’ Me High” – WINNER
    Brandy – “Sittin’ Up in My Room”
    Mary J. Blige – “Not Gon’ Cry”
    Tamia – “You Put a Move on My Heart”
    Whitney Houston – “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”

    I wouldn’t have been mad at any of these nominees winning. Damn, what an awesome line up.

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