As we conclude our first year of quarantine, and summer approaches, there is one more season we have to get through: awards season. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards aired on March 14 and the R&B artists did not come to play. Here are our top 3 R&B artist nominees to pay attention to this year.
- Chloe X Halle
Chloe and Halle have been our favorite twin duo since their appearance on Freeform’s Grownish, but they have been taking the music industry by storm since being signed and mentored by Beyonce. The Ungodly Hour singers were nominated for 3 different Grammy categories: Best Traditional R&B performance for “Wonder What She Thinks of Me,” Best R&B song for their smash hit “Do It” and Best Progressive R&B album for Ungodly Hour.
Giveon has been making his way through the music scene since many fans first saw him appear on Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle.” In 2020, he released his first official EP Take Time where fans were formally introduced to his dreamy sound and whimsical words. Giveon received one nominee for Take Time in the Best R&B album category. On March 12, Giveon released a full length project entitled When It’s All Said and Done … Take Time. The project combines songs from his 2020 EP’s When It’s All Said and Done and Take Time, coming together to detail all the stages of heartbreak.
- Free Nationals
Free Nationals also received one nominee in the category of Best Progressive R&B album for their debut album Free Nationals. However, this nomination speaks volumes for the band. Over the course of two years, Free Nationals has gone from playing mediocre gigs to opening for Beyonce and consistently performing as Anderson .Paak’s live band.