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    Toni Braxton has won a number of Grammys and was the first to defeat Anita Baker in R&B Female. However, there are a few that I would not have voted for her.

    1994 R&B FEMALE
    Toni Braxton “Another Sad Love Song” – WINNER

    *Aretha Franklin – “Someday We’ll All Be Free”
    Whitney Houston – “I’m Every Woman”
    Janet Jackson – “That’s The Way Love Goes”
    Patti LaBelle – “All Right Now”

    I like all of these songs. I would have eliminated Aretha and Patti. Aretha’s song was on the Malcolm X Soundtrack and Patti’s studio song was from her live album.

    Then it would have boiled down to Whitney, Janet and Toni. I would have ranked Toni third and I flip flop between Whitney and Janet for the win.

    This was Janet’s first nomination in this category without Anita Baker who Janet lost to in 1987, 1990 and 1991. That’s The Way Love Goes was a big hit and was everywhere at the time. Whitney was having her year with The Bodyguard Soundtrack and did a very good job on this remake of I’m Every Woman.

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    1995 R&B Female

    Toni Braxton “Breathe Again” – WINNER
    Anita Baker – “Body And Soul”
    Aretha Franklin – “A Deeper Love”
    Gladys Knight – “I Don’t Want to Know”
    Meshell Ndegeocello – “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)”

    I remember being shocked that Anita Baker lost for Body and Soul. The funny thing is that Love Shoulda Brought You Home from The Boomerang Soundtrack was intended for Anita Baker, but she was pregnant at the time and could not record the song.

    I would have had Anita, Gladys and Toni in the top 3. Aretha Franklin’s A Deeper Love really would have benefited if the Dance Category existed at the time because Aretha should have been nominated there and would have won. Aretha should have been nominated for Willing To Forgive which hit top 5 on the R&B charts.

    My vote would have probably gone to Anita Baker for Body and Soul or Gladys Knight for her soulful I Don’t Want To Know.

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    “Breathe Again” was by far the biggest hit that year, so it’s not surprising it won. Plus, it was a really good song. “Body & Soul” probably came in second. Anita was able to beat Toni the following year.

    I would have went elsewhere the year Toni won for “You’re Makin’ Me High.” It’s one of those songs that I’ve grown to love, but I don’t see how it’s by far a better performance than the other nominated songs. I would have preferred for Whitney to get her first R&B win for “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”

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    Toni Braxton’s wins are one of those rare instances where I wouldn’t change a thing.

    She deserved every single one of her trophies.

    “Long As I Live” should’ve won something! That is classic Toni, classic R&B, classic step music!

    The type of song you’d hear at the family cookout.

    “you look like your picture, thank god.”

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    1996 R&B FEMALE

    Anita Baker “I Apologize”- WINNER
    Brandy – “Baby”
    Toni Braxton – “I Belong To You”
    Mariah Carey – “Always Be My Baby”
    Vanessa Williams – “The Way That You Love”

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    1997 R&B FEMALE

    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)”

    This is a tough lineup. Brandy was definitely 5th. My vote would have gone to Mary J. Blige’s soulful Not Won’ Cry or Tamia for her beautiful performance of You Put A Move On My Heart.

    I can see how Toni won this. Both Toni and Whitney hot #1 on the R&B & Pop charts with their nominations.

    The songs that I remember hearing the most were Whitney’s, Mary’s and Toni’s.

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    Honey, Toni Braxton should have several General Field nominations in addition to her Best New Artist win:

    Record of the Year – “Breathe Again”
    Record of the Year – “Un-Break My Heart”
    Album of the Year – Toni Braxton
    Album of the Year – Secrets

    Toni deserved all four of her Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammys.  “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “You’re Makin’ Me High,” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough” are fucking R&B classics.

    In 1994, Janet Jackson was runner-up for me.  Whitney Houston in third. Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle had no chance.

    In 1995, Toni was expected to win Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Anita Baker probably came in second.  Aretha (wrong song), Gladys Knight, and Meshell Ndegeocello were non-factors.

    1997 was like the best year for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.  All five of the nominees were deserving.  Runner-up for me was Tamia.  That bitch blew me away on the gorgeous, “You Put a Move on My Heart.”  Mary J. Blige in third, Whitney in fourth, and Brandy in fifth.

    2001 was cute.  Aaliyah was runner-up for me.  Kelly Price in third, Jill Scott in fourth, and Erykah Badu in fifth.

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    Honey, I remember years ago Toni Braxton saying in an interview that she was shocked she beat Whitney Houston both times in Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (1994 and 1997).

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    From the Los Angeles Times on Toni Braxton’s first two Grammy wins in 1994:

    Toni Braxton won two awards–best new artist and R&B; vocal female–and beamed with pride. “It’s hard for me to hold these awards,” she said, “because I really want to get down on my knees and thank God.” Though expected to win the new artist award, she seemed surprised to win the vocal award. “I can’t believe I beat these singers,” she said. “I mean, Whitney is my favorite.”

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-03-02-ca-29144-story.html

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    2001 R&B FEMALE
    Toni Braxton “He Wasn’t Man Enough” – WINNER

    Aaliyah – “Try Again”
    Erykah Badu – “Bag Lady”
    Kelly Price – “As We Lay”
    Jill Scott – “Gettin’ in the Way”

    I like He’s Wasn’t Man Enough For Me, but I suspect that Jill Scott and Erykah Badu cancelled each other out. Every time these two were nominated against each other – they both lost. I liked Kelly’s version of As We Lay, but it is upsetting that Shirley Murdock never got nominated for As We Lay. Kelly worked with a lot of people in the past and I am sure that she garnered some votes. I like Try Again, but I did not see this song winning unlike other songs that she was nominated.

    My vote would have been for Jill Scott Gettin’ In The Way.

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    Honey, Toni Braxton should have several General Field nominations in addition to her Best New Artist win:

    Record of the Year – “Breathe Again”
    Record of the Year – “Un-Break My Heart”
    Album of the Year – Toni Braxton
    Album of the Year – Secrets

    Toni deserved all four of her Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammys. “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “You’re Makin’ Me High,” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough” are fucking R&B classics.

    In 1994, Janet Jackson was runner-up for me. Whitney Houston in third. Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle had no chance.

    In 1995, Toni was expected to win Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Anita Baker probably came in second. Aretha (wrong song), Gladys Knight, and Meshell Ndegeocello were non-factors.

    1997 was like the best year for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. All five of the nominees were deserving. Runner-up for me was Tamia. That bitch blew me away on the gorgeous, “You Put a Move on My Heart.” Mary J. Blige in third, Whitney in fourth, and Brandy in fifth.

    2001 was cute. Aaliyah was runner-up for me. Kelly Price in third, Jill Scott in fourth, and Erykah Badu in fifth.

    I would agree that I could see Unbreak My Heart getting nominated for Record of the Year. That song was everywhere as well as the remix. You go to the gym – you hear the remix. You go to the grocery store – you hear the regular version. You go to the club – you hear the remix.

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    1997 Pop FEMALE

    Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” – WINNER
    Shawn Colvin — “Get Out of This House”
    Celine Dion — “Because You Loved Me”
    Gloria Estefan — “Reach”
    Jewel — “Who Will Save Your Soul”

    Guess what???

    I actually think that Toni deserved this grammy for Un-break My Heart. Some were expecting Celine to win. Because You Loved Me is a nice song, but it lacks depth compared to Un-break My Heart. I suspect that Celine came in second.

    I do like Gloria and Jewel’s songs, but they did not stand a chance.

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    Honey, I remember years ago Toni Braxton saying in an interview that she was shocked she beat Whitney Houston both times in Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (1994 and 1997).

    I was shocked too for the first win.

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    1997 Pop FEMALE

    Toni Braxton “Un-Break My Heart” – WINNER
    Shawn Colvin — “Get Out of This House”
    Celine Dion — “Because You Loved Me”
    Gloria Estefan — “Reach”
    Jewel — “Who Will Save Your Soul”

    Guess what???

    I actually think that Toni deserved this grammy for Un-break My Heart. Some were expecting Celine to win. Because You Loved Me is a nice song, but it lacks depth compared to Un-break My Heart. I suspect that Celine came in second.

    I do like Gloria and Jewel’s songs, but they did not stand a chance.

    Fun fact:
    “Un-Break My Heart” was originally written for Celine Dion, and “Because You Loved Me” was originally written for Toni Braxton.

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    “Why Should I Care” should’ve been a single from Secrets.

    “The Heat” should’ve been the second single (right after “He Wasn’t Man Enough” – perfect for summer) from The Heat.  That 30-second TV spot was HAWT!!!

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