Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance

Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance
Awarded for quality vocal or instrumental R&B recordings
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Official website

The Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.[1] According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide it is designed for solo, duo/groups or collaborative (vocal or instrumental) R&B recordings and is limited to singles or tracks only.[2]

The award was originally awarded from 1959 to 1961 as Best Rhythm & Blues Performance and then from 1962 to 1968 as Best Rhythm & Blues Recording before being discontinued. In 2012, the award was brought back combining the previous categories for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Urban/Alternative Performance. The restructuring of these categories was a result of the Recording Academy's wish to decrease the list of categories and awards and to eliminate the distinctions between male and female performances, and between solo and duo/groups performances.[3]


The award was discontinued in 1968, Aretha Franklin being the last winner
Corinne Bailey Rae was the recipient of the reintroduced award in 2012
Year[I] Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1959 The Champs "Tequila" [4]
1960 Dinah Washington "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" [5]
1961 Ray Charles "Let the Good Times Roll" [6]
1962 Ray Charles "Hit the Road Jack" [7]
1963 Ray Charles "I Can't Stop Loving You" [8]
1964 Ray Charles "Busted" [9]
1965 Nancy Wilson "How Glad I Am" [10]
1966 James Brown "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" [11]
1967 Ray Charles "Crying Time" [12]
1968 Aretha Franklin "Respect" [13]
2012 Corinne Bailey Rae "Is This Love" [14]
2013 Usher "Climax"
2014 Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway "Something" [15]
2015 Beyoncé featuring Jay Z "Drunk in Love" [16]
2016 The Weeknd "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" [17]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also


  1. "Grammy Awards at a Glance". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
  2. "Category Mapper". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. Grammy Awards restructuring
  4. "Grammy Awards 1959 (May)". Awards & Shows. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  5. "Grammy Awards 1959". Awards & Shows. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  6. "Grammy Awards 1961". Awards & Shows.
  7. "Grammy Awards 1962". Awards & Shows.
  8. "Grammy Awards 1963". Awards & Shows.
  9. "Grammy Awards 1964". Awards & Shows.
  10. "Grammy Awards 1965". Awards & Shows.
  11. "Grammy Awards 1966". Awards and Shows. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  12. "Grammy Awards 1967". Awards and Shows. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  13. "Grammy Awards 1968". Awards & Shows.
  14. "2011 – 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: R&B Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011.
  15. 2014 Nominees
  16. "57th Grammy Nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  17., 7 December 2015
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