Music Facts: R&B
R&B, short for "rhythm and blues," was born in African American communities in the 1940s.
R&B's stylistic origins include jazz, blues, spirituals, gospel, boogie-woogie, jump blues, and swing.
In 2017, rap and R&B became the biggest music genre in the U.S., in terms of total consumption, surpassing rock for the first time ever.
At the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2021, the Recording Academy introduced the Best Progressive R&B Album category, formerly known as the Best Urban Contemporary Album category, to "appropriately categorize and describe this subgenre" and reflect a "more accurate definition to describe the merit or characteristics of music compositions or performances themselves within the genre of R&B."