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|Grammy Award for Best R&B Album|
|Awarded for||quality R&B music albums|
|Presented by||National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences|
The Grammy Award for Best R&B Album is an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works on albums in the R&B music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".
According to the category description guide for the 54th Grammy Awards, the award is reserved for albums "containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary R&B vocal tracks" which may also "incorporate production elements found in rap music". Award recipients include the producers, engineers, and/or mixers associated with the nominated work in addition to the recording artists. In 2003, the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album was split into two categories: Best Contemporary R&B Album is for R&B longplay records (LPs) that have modern hip-hop stylings to them, while this honor is for R&B LPs that are more traditional and less electronic. From 2012, this category will also include recordings that previously fell under the Best Contemporary R&B Album category, which will be discontinued in 2012 as part of a major overhaul of the Grammy Award categories.
Alicia Keys is the biggest recipient in this category with three wins. R&B group TLC and singers John Legend and D'Angelo have won the award twice. Mary J. Blige holds the record for the most nominations, with five in total. In 2015, Norwegian singer Bern/hoft became the first non-American artist to be nominated.
|1995||Boyz II Men||II|||
|1999||Lauryn Hill||The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill|||
|2002||Alicia Keys||Songs in A Minor|||
|2003||India.Arie||Voyage to India|||
|2004||Luther Vandross||Dance with My Father|||
|2005||Alicia Keys||The Diary of Alicia Keys|||
|2006||John Legend||Get Lifted|||
|2007||Mary J. Blige||The Breakthrough|||
|2008||Chaka Khan||Funk This|||
|2009||Jennifer Hudson||Jennifer Hudson|||
|2011||John Legend and The Roots||Wake Up!|||
|2013||Robert Glasper Experiment||Black Radio|||
|2014||Alicia Keys||Girl On Fire|||
|2015||Toni Braxton & Babyface||Love, Marriage & Divorce||
|2016||D'Angelo & The Vanguard||Black Messiah||
|2017||Lalah Hathaway||Lalah Hathaway Live||
|2018||Bruno Mars||24K Magic||
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.