The 2012 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Song

The third of the Grammy posts will focus on the category of Best R&B song. The award goes to the songwriter, not the peformer unless he or she wrote or helped to write the song. I’m no songwriter; the best thing that I can do is give my opinion on what I feel about the song. The nominees are the same as those for Best R&B performance-only the Corinne Bailey Rae cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” is replaced by the Cee Lo Green/Melanie Fiona song “Fool For You.”

Just to officially name the songs again, here are the nominees for Best R&B Song:

“Far Away” – performed by Marsha Ambrosius (Marsha Ambrosius, Larrance Dopson, Lamar Edwards, Sterling Simms and Justin Smith, songwriters)

“Fool For You” – performed by Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona (Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, Jack Splash, songwriters)

“Not My Daddy” – performed by Kelly Price feat. Stokely of Mint Condition (Kelly Price, songwriter)

“Pieces Of Me” – performed by Ledisi (Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly, Ledisi Young, songwriters)

“You Are” – performed by Charlie Wilson (Dennis Bettis, Carl M. Days, Jr., Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson and Mahin Wilson, songwriters)

This one is tough. Based on my non-songwriting instincts, I drop Charlie Wilson first-even though it’s the kind of sentiment that used to win Grammys. But I don’t think it wins this year. Cee Lo Green goes next, mainly because I think the performance outshines the song itself. That brings me to the same three I had to pick from in Best R&B Performance. I know I chose Kelly Price for that one by a sliver over Ledisi and Marsha Ambrosius, but this time I’m leaning toward Ledisi’s anthem and title track from her album. I wouldn’t be surprised to see any one of the three walk away with the prize.

Any opinions on this category? Leave them in the comments.

The 2012 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Performance

The 54th Grammy Awards will take place on February 12th and will be broadcast at 8 P.M. on CBS. There was a time that I couldn’t wait to see the show; if I watch this time, I want to be on Twitter in real time just to gauge the reactions from people I follow.

This is the first of several posts that I wish to make regarding certain categories. I will do the ones in the R&B genre, and may add those in the rap
genre as well. That would make eight posts, since there are now only four categories in each genre. Prior to this year’s awards ceremony, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (aka NARAS), cut 31 categories from the list of awards. Most of the slashing was performed by eliminating separate male and female performance categories in many of the genres. R&B was not spared in the purging, losing three categories to drop to the present number.

At any rate, here are the nominees for Best R&B Performance:

Marsha Ambrosius – “Far Away”

Ledisi – “Pieces Of Me”

Kelly Price featuring Stokely Williams (Mint Condition) – “Not My Daddy”

Corinne Bailey Rae – “Is This Love”

Charlie Wilson – “You Are”

Let’s get this right out front: in my eyes, Corinne Bailey Rae is out of the running. Not because her cover of Bob Marley’s classic “Is This Love” is lacking; it’s actually pretty decent. But it’s a cover of a classic, and it doesn’t surpass the original, so I don’t think it will win. Not that the Grammy’s won’t award her for it though. Wilson’s track just isn’t that memorable to me; though he could get votes for some kind of longevity prize. He’s certainly been around a long while, and still got major label pull. To me, the contest is between Ambrosius, Ledisi and Price. Three very good songs, and three very good singers. The three are all nominated in the Best R&B Song category (a songwriters’ award), and Ledisi and Price are also nominated for Best R&B Album. To pick one of the three is difficult. I give Price points for doing so well with an independently released album, so maybe I’m rooting for her a bit more-and including Stokely from Mint Condition doesn’t hurt either. Either one of the ladies could win, and I would not be upset. The pick is Price, with Ledisi second and Ambrosius third.

You can listen to each of the songs above and make up your own mind. If you have an opinion, leave it in the comments.