Some of the more interesting R&B-related news and rumors from the past week:
- The nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards were revealed by the Recording Academy on Dec. 5. The nominees in the R&B categories include some of the usual names you'd expect, like Usher, Beyonce, Chris Brown and R. Kelly, but this year's list also contains some surprising/unexpected noms, like Frank Ocean, Robert Glasper, Elle Varner and Gregory Porter.
- Alicia Keys earned her sixth straight No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with Girl On Fire last week, tying her for the most consecutive No. 1s among solo artists with DMX, R. Kelly, Kanye West and Luther Vandross. She already had the most straight leaders among female artists.
- R. Kelly, Usher, Estelle, Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole are among the singers on this long list who have been mistakenly referred to as rappers by the media over the years (is is because they're black?).
- Keri Hilson, Ledisi and funk legend Bootsy Collins have joined the list of performers for the annual "VH1 Divas" concert special. The show will be broadcast live on the network Dec. 16.
- Usher's song "Climax" has beaten Psy's "Gangnam Style" and Carly Rae Jepsen's pop smash "Call Me Maybe" to be crowned Time magazine's best song of 2012.
- Spin magazine claims that alternative R&B -- exemplified by artists like Frank Ocean, Miguel and The Weeknd -- was the trend of the year for 2012.
- Singer Toni Braxton was recently hospitalized in Los Angeles due to "minor health issues" related to Lupus, but was released after about 24 hours.
- John Legend has a great new song out called "Who Did That to You;" it appears on the soundtrack to the new movie "Django Unchained."