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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

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.

Daniella Johnson has literally driven her interviewee all around Atlanta just to get a story. As an upcoming journalist, Daniella has worked for award winning student media such as The Signal. She currently works at Georgia State’s student radio station WRAS 88.5 FM and proudly produces her own weekly R&B show. She is also an active member of her university’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist. In the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year she will be interning at Ryan Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. Upon graduating college Daniella hopes to attend graduate school for her masters degree. Afterwards, she wants to write and/or produce digital media for major publications and hopes to become a successful journalist in the future. When she’s not finding stories or catching up on the latest news, you can find her at a concert enjoying the large music scene Atlanta has to offer.
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