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    This is probably my favorite category. It started out as R&B Recording and was later switched to R&B Song. There are some legendary songs that have won!

    It would be impossible for me to choose my all-time favorite.

    Let’s discuss!

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    “Pretty Wings” > “Single Ladies”
    “Kiss It Better” > “Lake by the Ocean”
    “Focus” OR “Long As I Live” > “Boo’d Up”

    Justin Timberlake winning in the R&B Field = YUCK!

    👑Cicely Tyson (1924-2021)
    👑Mary Wilson (1944-2021)

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    Boo‘d Up is a bop

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    Honey, “Lake by the Ocean” shits all over “Kiss It Better.”  Maxwell is a brilliant songwriter.

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    I was surprised Alicia was snubbed for Like You’ll Never See Me Again. Not only is it my favorite song from her, but it was Billboards top Hip-Hop/R&B Song of 2008.

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    1996 Grammy Awards

    1. Stevie Wonder, “For Your Love” – WINNER
    2. TLC, “Red Light Special”
    3. Vanessa Williams, “You Can’t Run”
    4. D’Angelo, “Brown Sugar”
    5. TLC, “Creep”

    Babyface should have won for writing “Red Light Special”. That song is 🔥

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    Get real!  Babyface should NOT have won Best R&B Song for “Red Light Special.”  Dallas Austin should’ve won for “Creep.”

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    I agree with Gucci. “Lake by the Ocean” deserved Best R&B Song that year.

    I loved that those Usher songs most likely split because “You Don’t Know My Name” was so deserving of its win in 2005.

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    Honey, “Lake by the Ocean” shits all over “Kiss It Better.” Maxwell is a brilliant songwriter.

    Even Maxwell himself disagrees.

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    Lake by the Ocean deserved the win. Was that song considered an upset that year?

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    Lake by the Ocean deserved the win. Was that song considered an upset that year?

    Not really. People assume that Rihanna was going to be a major factor because of her eight nominations. “Lake by the Ocean” was the big R&B radio hit of the category.

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    Honey, Maxwell was probably being nice.  “Kiss It Better” is lyrically atrocious (BARF!).  The right song deservingly won.

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    1997 – Babyface was basically the whole lineup 😭. He was definitely going to win with Exhale. That soundtrack is legendary .

    I wonder how he still lost Best Song for Visual Media though. He was 3/5 in the nominees.

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    Yeah, I remember a few years back when Rihanna got all those nominations and people were predicting her to win this category and R&B Performance in particularly. When I looked at the nominees in both categories, I felt that there was room for upsets and ended up predicting the eventual winners.

    I find it interesting that both Maxwell and Solange ended up winning on their only nominations that year.

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    “Kiss It Better” wins the award of longevity. Even though it wasn’t a hit, it’s still certified Platinum, critically acclaimed, and one of Rihanna’s best (if not the best) songs ever.

    Had KIB been performed at the ceremony a year prior (before Ri abruptly cancelled) she would’ve won.

    Maxwell deserves any GRAMMY he wins. But “Lake by the Ocean” is no “Pretty Wings”.

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