GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees for Best R&B Song

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Best R&B Song

 

63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2020)
 
winner
Robert Glasper, H.E.R.

Better Than I Imagined

Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello & Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello)

nominees

Josh Lopez
,
Kaveh Rastegar

Collide

GRAMMYs

Do It

Skip Marley
,
H.E.R.

Slow Down

62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2019)
 
winner
PJ Morton

Say So

PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring JoJo)

nominees

David Brown
,
Peter Lee Johnson

Roll Some Mo

H.E.R.

Could've Been

Emily King

Look At Me Now

61st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2018)
 
winner
Joelle James, Ella Mai, Dijon McFarlane

Boo'd Up

nominees

J. Cole
,
Miguel
,
Salaam Remi

Come Through And Chill

Childish Gambino

Feels Like Summer

H.E.R.
,
Justin Love

Focus

Toni Braxton

Long As I Live

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2017)
 

nominees

PJ Morton

First Began

Childish Gambino

Redbone

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2016)
 
winner
Maxwell

Lake By The Ocean

Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)

nominees

Jahron Anthony Brathwaite
,
Drake

Come And See Me

Michael Hernandez
,
Bryson Tiller

Exchange

Rihanna

Kiss It Better

Benny Blanco
,
Daystar Peterson

Luv

58th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2015)
 
winner
D'Angelo, Kendra Foster

Really Love

D'Angelo, Gina Figueroa & Kendra Foster, songwriters (D'Angelo And The Vanguard)

nominees

Warryn Campbell
,
Tyrese

Shame

Miguel

Coffee

Stephan Moccio
,
The Weeknd

Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)

Jazmine Sullivan

Let It Burn

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2014)
 
winner
Jay Z, Noel Fisher, Beyoncé Knowles, Tim Mosley

Drunk In Love

nominees

Eric Bellinger
,
Chris Brown
,
Mark Pitts
,
Usher
,
William Roberts

New Flame

Options (Wolfjames Version)

Jhené Aiko

The Worst

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2013)
 
winner
James Fauntleroy, Tim Mosley, Justin Timberlake

Pusher Love Girl

James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)

nominees

Fantasia

Without Me

Anthony Hamilton

Best Of Me

Tamar Braxton
,
LaShawn Daniels

Love And War

PJ Morton

Only One

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)
 
winner
Miguel

Adorn

Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

nominees

Salaam Remi

Beautiful Surprise

Rico Love
,
Benny Blanco
,
Trey Songz

Heart Attack

Babyface
,
Anthony Hamilton

Pray For Me

Elle Varner

Refill

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2011)
 
winner
Melanie Fiona, Cee Lo Green, Jack Splash

Fool For You

Melanie Fiona, Cee Lo Green & Jack Splash, songwriters (Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona)

nominees

Ledisi Young

Pieces Of Me

Charlie Wilson

You Are

Marsha Ambrosius
,
Sterling Simms
,
Just Blaze

Far Away

Kelly Price

Not My Daddy

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2010)
 
winner
John Legend

Shine

John Legend, songwriter (John Legend & The Roots)

nominees

Bittersweet

Ivan Barias
,
Curt Chambers
,
Jaheim
,
Miguel

Finding My Way Back

El DeBarge

Second Chance

Kem

Why Would You Stay

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)
 
winner
Kuk Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius "The Dream" Nash

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

nominees

Maxwell

Pretty Wings

Tank
,
Pleasure P
,
Jerry Franklin

Under

Salaam Remi
,
Jazmine Sullivan

Lions, Tigers & Bears

51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)
 
winner
Ne-Yo

Miss Independent

Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen & Ne-Yo, songwriters (Ne-Yo)

nominees

Salaam Remi
,
Jazmine Sullivan

Bust Your Windows

Ivan Barias
,
Raheem DeVaughn
,
John Smith

Customer

Keyshia Cole
,
Alex Francis

Heaven Sent

Ne-Yo

Spotlight

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)
 
winner
Dirty Harry, Alicia Keys

No One

Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Dirty Harry & Alicia Keys, songwriters (Alicia Keys)

nominees

Ivan Barias
,
John Smith

Teachme

Wayne Nugent

When I See U

India.Arie

Beautiful Flower

Ne-Yo

Hate That I Love You

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)
 
winner
Johnta Austin, GRAMMYs, Jason Perry

Be Without You

Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Michael Cox & Jason Perry, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)

nominees

Prince

Black Sweat

Jay Z
,
Rodney Jerkins
,
Beyoncé Knowles

Deja Vu

Johnta Austin
,
GRAMMYs
,
Jermaine Dupri

Don't Forget About Us

India.Arie
,
Shannon Sanders

I Am Not My Hair

48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2005)
 
winner
Johnta Austin, GRAMMYs, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal

We Belong Together

nominees

Free Yourself

will.i.am
,
John Legend

Ordinary People

Alicia Keys
,
Kanye West

Unbreakable

Rodney Jerkins
,
Beyoncé Knowles
,
Ricky Lewis
,
Kelly Rowland
,
Michelle Williams

Cater 2 U

47th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2004)
 
winner
Alicia Keys, Kanye West

You Don't Know My Name

Alicia Keys, Harold Lilly & Kanye West, songwriters (Alicia Keys)

nominees

Jermaine Dupri
,
Usher

Burn

Prince

Call My Name

Jermaine Dupri
,
Alicia Keys
,
Manuel Seal
,
Usher

My Boo

Sean Garrett
,
Lil Jon
,
Ludacris
,
James Phillips

Yeah!

46th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2003)
 
winner
Rich Harrison, Jay Z, Beyoncé Knowles

Crazy In Love

Rich Harrison, Jay-Z & Beyoncé Knowles, songwriters (Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z)

nominees

Anthony Hamilton

Comin' From Where I'm From

Richard Marx
,
Luther Vandross

Dance With My Father

Erykah Badu

Danger

Ashanti
,
Irv Gotti

Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)

45th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2002)
 
winner
Erykah Badu, Common, Raphael Saadiq

Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)

nominees

D'Angelo
,
Raphael Saadiq

Be Here

Marsha Ambrosius

Floetic

Will Baker
,
India.Arie
,
Shannon Sanders

Good Man

Remy Shand

Take A Message

44th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2001)
 
winner
Alicia Keys

Fallin'

Alicia Keys, songwriter (Alicia Keys)

nominees

Get Ur Freak On

Dallas Austin

Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)

Brian McKnight

Love Of My Life

Reginald Harris
,
India.Arie
,
Shannon Sanders

Video

Erykah Badu

Didn't Cha Know

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)
 
winner
LaShawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, Beyoncé Knowles, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland

Say My Name

nominees

Erykah Badu

Bag Lady (Single)

LaShawn Daniels
,
Rodney Jerkins
,
Fred Jerkins III

He Wasn't Man Enough (Single)

Desmond Child
,
Tim Kelley
,
Bob Robinson

Thong Song (Single)

D'Angelo
,
Raphael Saadiq

Untitled (How Does It Feel) (Track)

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)
 
winner
Kandi Burruss

No Scrubs

nominees

Lauryn Hill

All That I Can Say (Track)

Kandi Burruss
,
Beyoncé Knowles
,
Kelly Rowland

Bills, Bills, Bills (Track)

Heartbreak Hotel (Single)

LaShawn Daniels
,
Toni Estes
,
Rodney Jerkins
,
Fred Jerkins III

It's Not Right But It's Okay (Track)

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)
 
winner
Lauryn Hill

Doo Wop (That Thing)

Lauryn Hill, songwriter (Lauryn Hill)

nominees

Lauryn Hill

A Rose Is Still A Rose (Single)

All My Life (Single)

Kirk Franklin

Lean On Me (Track)

Brandy
,
LaShawn Daniels
,
Rodney Jerkins
,
Fred Jerkins III

The Boy Is Mine (Track)

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)
 
winner
R. Kelly

I Believe I Can Fly

R. Kelly, songwriter (R. Kelly)

nominees

GRAMMYs
,
P Diddy
,
Kamaal Fareed
,
Stephen Hague
,
S. Jordan

Honey (Track)

Dr. Dre
,
Teddy Riley

No Diggity (Track)

Erykah Badu

On And On (Single)

Kirk Franklin

Stomp (Track)

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)
 
winner
Babyface

Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

Babyface, songwriter (Whitney Houston)

nominees

Luther Vandross

Your Secret Love (Track)

Babyface

Sittin' Up In My Room (Track)

You Put A Move On My Heart (Track)

Babyface
,
Toni Braxton
,
Bryce Wilson

You're Makin' Me High (Track)

38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)
 
winner
Stevie Wonder

For Your Love

Stevie Wonder, songwriter (Stevie Wonder)

nominees

D'Angelo
,
Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Brown Sugar (Single)

Dallas Austin

Creep (Single)

Babyface

Red Light Special (Single)

Babyface

You Can't Run (Single)

37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1994)
 
winner
Babyface

I'll Make Love To You

Babyface, songwriter (Boyz II Men)

nominees

Babyface
,
Daryl Simmons

You Mean The World To Me (Single)

Rick Nowels

Body And Soul (Single)

If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night) (Single)

Babyface

When Can I See You (Single)

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)
 
winner
Janet Jackson, GRAMMYs

That's The Way Love Goes

Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, songwriters (Janet Jackson)

nominees

Raphael Saadiq

Anniversary

Babyface
,
Daryl Simmons

Can We Talk (Single)

Luther Vandross

Heaven Knows (Single)

Marcus Miller
,
Luther Vandross

Little Miracles (Happen Every Day) (Single)

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)
 
winner
Babyface, Daryl Simmons

End Of The Road

Babyface, L.A. Reid & Daryl Simmons, songwriters (Boyz II Men)

nominees

My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) (Single)

Dallas Austin
,
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg (Single)

Berry Gordy

I'll Be There (Single)

Michael Jackson
,
Teddy Riley
,
Bruce Swedien

Jam (Single)

34th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1991)
 
winner
Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross

Power Of Love/Love Power

Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross & Teddy Vann, songwriters (Luther Vandross)

nominees

Can You Stop The Rain (Single)

Lisa Fischer

How Can I Ease The Pain

I Wanna Sex You Up (Single)

I'll Take You There (Single)

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)
 
winner
Rick James

U Can't Touch This

M.C. Hammer, Rick James & Alonzo Miller, songwriters (M.C. Hammer)

nominees

Janet Jackson
,
GRAMMYs

Alright (Single)

Here And Now (Single)

George Johnson

I'll Be Good To You (Single)

Babyface
,
Daryl Simmons

My, My, My (Single)

32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)
 
winner
Kenny Gamble

If You Don't Know Me By Now

Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, songwriters (Simply Red)

nominees

Babyface

Every Little Step (Single)

GRAMMYs

Miss You Much (Single)

Babyface
,
Daryl Simmons

Superwoman (Single)

Calvin Lewis
,
Andrew Wright

When A Man Loves A Woman (Single)

31st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1988)
 
winner
Anita Baker

Giving You The Best That I Got

Anita Baker, Randy Holland & Skip Scarborough, songwriters (Anita Baker)

nominees

Marcus Miller
,
Luther Vandross

Any Love (Single)

Babyface
,
Daryl Simmons

Don't Be Cruel (Single)

Jimmy George

I'll Always Love You (Single)

GRAMMYs

Just Got Paid (Single)

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)
 
winner
Bill Withers

Lean On Me

Bill Withers, songwriter (Club Nouveau)

nominees

Reggie Calloway

Casanova

Jimmy George
,
Lou Pardini

Just To See Her (Single)

Stevie Wonder

Skeletons (Single)

Prince

U Got The Look (Single)

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)
 
winner
Anita Baker, Gary Bias

Sweet Love

Anita Baker, Gary Bias & Louis A. Johnson, songwriters (Anita Baker)

nominees

Janet Jackson
,
GRAMMYs

What Have You Done For Me Lately (Single)

Luther Vandross

Give Me The Reason

Prince And The Revolution

Kiss (Single)

Dan Hartman

Living In America (Single)

28th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1985)
 
winner

Freeway Of Love

Jeffrey Cohen & Narada Michael Walden, songwriters (Aretha Franklin)

nominees

Jon Gilutin
,
Sharon Robinson

New Attitude (Single)

Nightshift (Single)

David Foster

Through The Fire (Single)

La La

You Give Good Love (Single)

27th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1984)
 
winner
Prince

I Feel For You

Prince, songwriter (Chaka Khan)

nominees

Sheila E.

The Glamorous Life (Single)

James Ingram
,
Quincy Jones
,
Michael McDonald

Yah Mo B There (Single)

Keith Diamond
,
Billy Ocean

Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) (Single)

Dancing In The Sheets (Single)

26th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1983)
 
winner
Michael Jackson

Billie Jean

Michael Jackson, songwriter (Michael Jackson)

nominees

Ain't Nobody

Eddy Grant

Electric Avenue

James Ingram
,
Quincy Jones

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Single)

Michael Jackson

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Single)

25th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1982)
 
winner
Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather

Turn Your Love Around

Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather, songwriters (George Benson)

nominees

Stevie Wonder

That Girl

Stevie Wonder

Do I Do

Bobby Weinstein

It's Gonna Take A Miracle (Single)

Let It Whip

Marvin Gaye

Sexual Healing (Single)

24th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1981)
 
winner
Bill Withers

Just The Two Of Us

Ralph MacDonald, William Salter & Bill Withers, songwriters (Grover Washington, Jr., & Bill Withers)

nominees

GRAMMYs

Ai No Corrida (Single)

Shirley King

Lady (You Bring Me Up) (Single)

She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) (Single)

When She Was My Girl (Single)

23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1980)
 
winner
James Mtume

Never Knew Love Like This Before

Reggie Lucas & James Mtume, songwriters (Stephanie Mills)

nominees

Paul Richmond

Shining Star (Album)

Bernard Edwards
,
Nile Rodgers

Upside Down

Give Me The Night (Single)

Stevie Wonder

Let's Get Serious (Single)

22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1979)
 
winner
Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon

After The Love Has Gone

Bill Champlin, David Foster & Jay Graydon, songwriters (Earth, Wind & Fire)

nominees

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (Single)

Adrienne Anderson
,
Isaac Hayes

Deja Vu

Reunited (Single)

Bernard Edwards
,
Nile Rodgers

We Are Family (Album)

21st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1978)
 
winner

Last Dance

Paul Jabara, songwriter (Donna Summer)

nominees

Maurice White
,
Verdine White

Fantasy (Single)

Kenny Gamble

Use Ta Be My Girl

Boogie Oogie Oogie (Single)

Bernard Edwards
,
Nile Rodgers

Dance Dance Dance

20th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1977)
 
winner
Leo Sayer

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Vini Poncia & Leo Sayer, songwriters (Leo Sayer)

nominees

Al McKay
,
Maurice White

Best Of My Love

Lionel Richie

Brick House

Kenny Gamble

Don't Leave Me This Way

Lionel Richie

Easy (Single)

19th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1976)
 
winner
Boz Scaggs

Lowdown

David Paich & Boz Scaggs, songwriters (Boz Scaggs)

nominees

Love Hangover (Single)

Misty Blue

(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty (Single)

Donald Davis

Disco Lady

18th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1975)
 
winner
Betty Wright

Where Is The Love

nominees

Ease On Down The Road

Get Down Tonight

That's The Way (I Like It)

Walking In Rhythm

17th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1974)
 
winner
Stevie Wonder

Living For The City

Stevie Wonder, songwriter (Stevie Wonder)

nominees

Kenny Gamble
,
Anthony Jackson

For The Love Of Money

Rock Your Baby

Stevie Wonder

Tell Me Something Good

Dancing Machine

16th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1973)
 
winner
Stevie Wonder

Superstition

Stevie Wonder, songwriter (Stevie Wonder)

nominees

Family Affair

Kenny Gamble

Love Train (Single)

Jim Weatherly

Midnight Train To Georgia

War

The Cisco Kid (Single)

15th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1972)
 
winner
Norman Whitfield

Papa Was A Rollin' Stone

Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield, songwriters (The Temptations)

nominees

Back Stabbers (Single)

Kenny Williams

Everybody Plays The Fool (Single)

Curtis Mayfield

Freddie's Dead (Single)

Kenny Gamble

Me And Mrs. Jones (Single)

14th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1971)
 
winner
Bill Withers

Ain't No Sunshine

Bill Withers, songwriter (Bill Withers)

nominees

If I Were Your Woman (Single)

Mr. Big Stuff

Never Can Say Goodbye

Norman Whitfield

Smiling Faces Sometimes (Single)

13th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1970)
 
winner

Patches

Ronald Dunbar & General Johnson, songwriters (Clarence Carter)

nominees

Thom Bell

Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

Groovy Situation

Stevie Wonder

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Single)

Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed

12th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1969)
 
winner

Color Him Father

Richard Spencer, songwriter (The Winstons)

nominees

Backfield In Motion (Single)

Clarence Carter

I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (Single)

Ronald Isley

It's Your Thing

Jerry Butler
,
Kenny Gamble

Only The Strong Survive

11th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1968)
 
winner
Steve Cropper, Otis Redding

(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

Steve Cropper & Otis Redding, songwriters (Otis Redding)

nominees

Chain Of Fools

Norman Whitfield

I Wish It Would Rain

Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries

Donald Davis

Who's Making Love