As these words are being written, 2012 is almost over, so it's time to take a look back at the best R&B/Soul music of the year. The biggest storyline of the year was that R&B experienced a mini-renaissance thanks to the emergence of some young, risk-taking artists who stretched the boundaries of what is considered real Rhythm & Blues music. So although the usual superstars like Usher (Looking 4 Myself), Alicia Keys (Girl On Fire) and R. Kelly (Write Me Back) made the list, some of the other names on the list represent the forefront of the alternative R&B movement, like Frank Ocean, whose Channel Orange was one of the best-reviewed releases of the year; the underrated and underappreciated Cody ChesnuTT, whose Landing on a Hundred was an overlooked gem; and California hipster Miguel, who made a sizable splash with his sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream. There's a number of less-familiar artists too, like African singer-activist Nneka (Soul is Heavy), smooth, sensitive Detroit crooner K'Jon (Moving On) and British songstress Alice Russell, whose latest project, Look Around the Corner, is a collaborative effort with producer Quantic). For the full details on the about.com picks for the 20 best R&B/Soul albums of 2012, click the link below.