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2009 Grammys: R&B Categories

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2009 Grammys: R&B Categories
© the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Updated April 27, 2011
The nominees for the 2009 Grammy Awards were announced Wed., Dec. 3, 2008 and R&B artists represented in several categories. Among them: Estelle, who's "American Boy" was nominated for Song of the Year; Duffy and Jazmine Sullivan, both nominees for New Artist of the Year; and Ne-Yo, who's Year of the Gentleman was nominated for Album of the Year. The awards were given out in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2009 on CBS. The nominations and winners in the R&B-specific categories are below, with the winners in bold with an asterisk (8) next to them. For the full list of nominees/winners in all categories, visit grammy.com.

BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

"Me, Myself And I"
Beyoncé
Track from: The Beyonce Experience Live Audio
[Columbia/Music World Music]

"Heaven Sent"
Keyshia Cole
Track from: Just Like You
[Geffen]

"Spotlight"
Jennifer Hudson
[Arista]

* "Superwoman"
Alicia Keys
Track from: As I Am
[J Records]

"Need U Bad"
Jazmine Sullivan
[J Records]

BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

"You're The Only One"
Eric Benét
Track from: Love & Life
[Friday/Reprise]

"Take You Down"
Chris Brown
Track from: Exclusive
[Jive]

* "Miss Independent"
Ne-Yo
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman
[Def Jam/Compound]

"Can't Help But Wait"
Trey Songz
Track from: Trey Day
[Atlantic]

"Here I Stand"
Usher
Track from: Here I Stand
[LaFace]

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

"Ribbon In The Sky"
Boyz II Men
Track from: Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
[Decca Records]

"Words"
Anthony David feat. India.Arie
Track from: Acey Duecy
[Soulbird/ Universal Republic Records]

* "Stay With Me (By The Sea)"
Al Green feat. John Legend
Track from: Lay It Down
[Blue Note Records]

"I'm His Only Woman"
Jennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia
Track from: Jennifer Hudson
[Arista Records]

"Never Give You Up"
Raphael Saadiq feat. Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton
Track from: The Way I See It
[Columbia Records]

BEST TRADITIONAL R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

"A Change Is Gonna Come"
Wayne Brady
Track from: A Long Time Coming
[Peak Records]

* "You've Got The Love I Need"
Al Green feat. Anthony Hamilton
Track from: Lay It Down
[Blue Note Records]

"Baby I Know"
(Linda Jones) with Helen Bruner & Terry Jones
Track from: Soul Talkin'
[Philerzy Productions]

"Love That Girl"
Raphael Saadiq
Track from: The Way I See It
[Columbia Records]

"In Love With Another Man"
Jazmine Sullivan
Track from: Fearless
[J Records]

BEST R&B SONG
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

"Bust Your Windows"
Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Deandre Way, songwriter) (Jazmine Sullivan)
Track from: Fearless
[J Records; Publishers: Nappy Puddy Music/Universal Music-Z Tunes, Salaam Remi Music/EMI April Music, Soulja Boy Tellem Music/Croomstacular Music]

"Customer"
I. Barias, Raheem DeVaughn, C. Haggins, K. Oliver & J. Smith, songwriters (Raheem DeVaughn)
Track from: Love Behind The Melody
[Jive; Publishers: Universal Music-Z Tunes/Ahmad's World/Universal Music/Nivrac Tyke Music/Fresh Paint Music/HC 1030 Publishing/Universal Music/Tetragrammaton Music/Melodic Piano Productions/HC 1030 Publishing]

"Heaven Sent"
Keyshia Cole, Jason Farmer & Alex Francis, songwriters (Keyshia Cole)
Track from: Just Like You
[Geffen; Publishers: She Wrote It/BMG Songs, J Vibe Publishing, Lex Project Publishing]

* "Miss Independent"
M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & S. Smith, songwriters (Ne-Yo)
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman
[Def Jam/Compound; Publishers: Pen In The Ground Publishing, Universal Music-Z Tunes]

"Spotlight"
Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
[Arista Records; Publishers: Super Sayin' Publishing/Universal Music-Z Songs, Sony/ATV Tunes, EMI Music Publishing]

BEST R&B ALBUM
(For albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of vocal tracks.)

Love & Life
Eric Benét
[Friday/Reprise]

Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
Boyz II Men
[Decca Records]

Lay It Down
Al Green
[Blue Note]

* Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
[Arista Records]

The Way I See It
Raphael Saadiq
[Columbia]

BEST CONTEMPORARY R&B ALBUM
(For albums containing 51 percent or more playing time of vocal tracks.)

* Growing Pains
Mary J. Blige
[Geffen]

Back Of My Lac'
J. Holiday
[Capitol Records]

First Love
Karina
[Def Jam]

Year Of The Gentleman
Ne-Yo
[Def Jam/Compound]

Fearless
Jazmine Sullivan [J Records]

BEST URBAN/ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

"Say Goodbye To Love"
Kenna
Track from: Make Sure They See My Face
[Star Trak/Interscope]

"Wanna Be"
Maiysha
Track from: This Much Is True:
[Eusonia Records]

* "Be OK"
Chrisette Michele Featuring will.i.am
Track from: I Am
[Def Jam]

"Many Moons"
Janelle Monae
Track from: Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)
[Wondaland/Bad Boy]

"Lovin' You" (Music)
Wayna feat. Kokayi
Track from: Higher Ground
[Quiet Power Productions, LLC]

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