keyshia-cole11Tonight is the 51st Grammy Award Ceremony, tune in to see some of your favorite artists perform as the anticipation for who will win thickens.  I have my picks so what are yours. 

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

  • “Heaven Sent” Keyshia Cole
  • “Spotlight” Jennifer Hudson
  • “Superwoman” Alicia Keys
  • “Need U Bad” Jazmine Sullivan
  • “Me, Myself & I” Beyonce

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

  • “You’re The Only One” Eric Benet
  • “Take You Down” Chris Brown
  • “Miss Independent” Ne-Yo
  • “Can’t Help But Wait” Trey Songz
  • “Here I Stand” Usher

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

  • “Ribbon In The Sky” Boyz II Men
  • “Words” Anthony David feat. India.Arie
  • “Stay With Me (By The Sea)” Al Green feat. John Legend
  • “I’m His Only Woman” Jennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia
  • “Never Give You Up” Raphael Saadiq feat. Stevie Wonder and CJ Hilton

Best Urban/Alternative Performancechrisette-michele-mp031

  • “Wanna Be” Maiysha
  • “Be OK” Chrisette Michelle feat.
  • “Many Moons” Janelle Monae
  • “Loving You (Music)” Wayna feat. Kokayi
  • “Say Goodbye To Love” Kenna

Best R&B Song (A Songwriter(s) Award)

  • “Customer” I.Barias, Raheem DeVaughn, C. Haggins, K. Oliver & Johnnie Smith, songwriters (Raheem DeVaughn)
  • “Heaven Sent” Keyshia Cole, Jason Farmer & Alex Francis, songwriters (Keyshia Cole)
  • “Miss Independent” Mikkel S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & S. Smith, songwriters (Ne-Yo)
  • “Spotlight” Mikkel S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & S. Smith, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
  • “Bust Your Windows” Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Deandre Way, songwriter) (Jazmine Sullivan)

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

  •  “You’ve Got The Love I Need” Al Green feat. Anthony Hamilton
  • “Baby I Know” Linda Jones with Helen Bruner & Terry Jones
  • “Love That Girl” Raphael Saadiq
  • “In Love With Another Man” Jazmine Sullivan
  • “A Change Is Gonna Come” Wayne Brady

 Best R&B Album

  • Love & Life by Eric Benet
  • Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA  by Boyz II Men
  • Lay It Down by Al Green
  • Jennifer Hudson by Jennifer Hudson
  • The Way I See It by Raphael Saadiq

Best Contemporary R&B Album

  • Growing Pains  by Mary j. Blige
  • Back of My Lac’  by J. Holiday
  • First Love  by Karina Pasian
  • Year Of The Gentleman  by Ne-Yo
  • Fearless  by Jazmine Sullivan

 Best Rap Solo Performance

  • “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)…” Jay-Z
  • “A Milli” Lil Wayne
  • “Paris, Tokyo” Lupe Fiasco
  • “N.i.*.*.e.r. (The Slave And The Master)” Nas
  • “Sexual Eruption” Snoop Dogg

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

  • “Swagga Like Us” Jay-Z & T.I. feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne
  • “Mr. Carter” Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z
  • “Wish You Would” Ludacris feat. T.I.
  • “Put On” Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West
  • “Royal Flush” Big Boi feat. Raekown & Andre 3000

Best Rap/Sung Collaborationlupe-fiasco1

  • “Low” Flo Rida feat. T-Pain
  • “Green Light” John Legend & Andre 3000
  • “Got Money” Lil Wayne feat. T-Pain
  • “Superstar” Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
  • “American Boy” Estelle feat. Kanye West

Best Rap Song (A Songwriter(s) Award)

  • “Lollipop” D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer & R. Zamor, songwriters (Lil Wayne feat. Static Major)
  • “Low” Tramar Dillard, M. Humphrey, Faheem Najm, Korey Roberson & Howard Simmons, songwriters (Flo Rida feat. T-Pain)
  • “Sexual Eruption” Calvin Broadus, S. Lovejoy & D. Stewart, songwriters (Snoop Dogg)
  • “Superstar” Lupe Fiasco & Soundtrakk, songwriters (Lupe Fiasco Feat. Matthew Santos)
  • “Swagga Like Us” Jeff Bhaskev, D. Carter, S. Carter, Clifford Harris, Plain Pat & Kanye West, Songwriters (M. Arulpragasam, N. Headon, M. Jones, J. Mellor, T. Pentz & P. Simonon, songwriters) (Jay-Z & T.I. feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne)

Best Rap Album

  • American Gangster by Jay-Z
  • Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne
  • The Cool by Lupe Fiasco
  • Nas by Nas
  • Paper Trail by T.I.

On behalf of Eclectic Circle, Good Luck to All Nominees!