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.