2021 GRAMMY Awards, Celebrate R&B

The 2021 GRAMMY Awards airs Sunday, March 14 at 8pm ET. The show will be hosted by “The Daily Show’ host and comedian, Trevor Noah.

Music’s biggest night celebrates all genres. R&B artists have their eyes on 5 specific R&B categories (Best R&B Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Progressive R&B Album and Best R&B Album). Some of those same artists are nominated in the 4 top categories which includes all genres. The top categories include Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Jhene’ Aiko is nominated for 2 of the 5 R&B awards and one of the 4 top awards. She will host the premiere ceremony. It airs on GRAMMY.com ahead of the nationally televised show.

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*Winners are in bold*

R&B Categories/Nominees

Best R&B Performance

  • LIGHTNING & THUNDER
    • Jhené Aiko Featuring John Legend
  • BLACK PARADE
    • Beyoncé
  • ALL I NEED
    • Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign
  • GOAT HEAD
    • Brittany Howard
  • SEE ME
    • Emily King

Best Traditional R&B Performance

  • SIT ON DOWN
    • The Baylor Project Featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor
  • WONDER WHAT SHE THINKS OF ME
    • Chloe X Halle
  • LET ME GO
    • Mykal Kilgore
  • ANYTHING FOR YOU
    • Ledisi
  • DISTANCE
    • Yebba

Best R&B Song

  • BETTER THAN I IMAGINED
    • Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello)
  • BLACK PARADE
    • Denisia Andrews, Beyoncé, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk & Rickie “Caso” Tice, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • COLLIDE
    • Sam Barsh, Stacey Barthe, Sonyae Elise, Olu Fann, Akil King, Josh Lopez, Kaveh Rastegar & Benedetto Rotondi, songwriters (Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG)
  • DO IT
    • Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Anton Kuhl, Victoria Monét, Scott Storch & Vincent Van Den Ende, songwriters (Chloe X Halle)
  • SLOW DOWN
    • Nasri Atweh, Badriia Bourelly, Skip Marley, Ryan Williamson & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Skip Marley & H.E.R.)

Best Progressive R&B Album

  • CHILOMBO
    • Jhené Aiko
  • UNGODLY HOUR
    • Chloe X Halle
  • FREE NATIONALS
    • Free Nationals
  • F*** YO FEELINGS
    • Robert Glasper
  • IT IS WHAT IT IS
    • Thundercat

Best R&B Album

  • HAPPY 2 BE HERE
    • Ant Clemons
  • TAKE TIME
    • Giveon
  • TO FEEL LOVE/D
    • Luke James
  • BIGGER LOVE
    • John Legend
  • ALL RISE
    • Gregory Porter

More about the 2021 GRAMMY Awards here.


Julie Morgan

Julie can be heard weekdays on The Community Spotlight. She's also the host of “HOT Topics”, HOT 99.5’s Community Affairs Program, Sundays at 6:30 a.m.

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