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Ne-Yo, Jazmine Sullivan, J Hud, Al Green Lead 2009 Grammy Nominations

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Ne-Yo, Jazmine Sullivan, J Hud, Al Green Lead 2009 Grammy Nominations

R&B music reigned supreme at the 51st Annual Grammy Award nomination special Wednesday. Nearly 30 R&B/soul singers ranging from Al Green to Chris Brown were nominated in fields including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. Leading the pack of R&B nominees is singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. The “Year Of The Gentleman” star picked up six nominations, landing just behind the Grammys leading nominee Lil Wayne, who picked up eight nominations for “The Carter III”. “Year of the Gentleman,” released in September was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary R&B Album of the Year while its singles “Closer” and “Miss Independent” earned the remaining four nominations including Best R&B song. R&B singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan, who penned the majority of her J Records debut “Fearless,” dominated the R&B field with an astounding five nominations. Like Ne-Yo, Sullivan’s debut was released in September featuring the hit single “Need U Bad” and current single “Bust Your Windows”. Earning her first major award nod, Sullivan was nominated for Best New Artist where she is accompanied by the Jonas Brothers, Duffy, Adele, and Lady Antebellum. Jazmine Sullivan’s remaining nominations, not including Best Contemporary R&B Album, stem from three records: “Need U Bad,” “In Love With Another Man,” and “Bust Your Windows,” which are nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song respectively. Former ‘Dreamgirls’ star Jennifer Hudson, who ironically released her debut in September along with Ne-Yo and Sullivan, picked up four nominations. Hudson’s self-titled debut earned nods for Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (“Spotlight”), and Best R&B Album. A collaboration with American Idol star Fantasia entitled “I’m His Only Woman” was also nominated for Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals. Al Green, the master of “Love and Happiness,” rounds out the 2009 Grammy Award nominees. Green’s new album “Lay It Down” earned three nominations including a nod for Best R&B Album. Surprisingly, recent efforts from Mariah Carey (“E=MC2”) and Erykah Badu (“New Amerykah Pt. 1”) were not nominated for any R&B or Pop awards. (Badu’s video for “Honey” was however nominated for Best Short Form Music Video.) Leona Lewis and Raphael Saadiq earned three nominations a piece for their efforts “Spirit’ and “The Way I See It.” Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” was nominated for Record of the Year. Rihanna, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Jordin Sparks, Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Raheem DeVaughn, Eric Benet, J. Holiday, Karina Pasian and Usher were also nominated for awards (see full list of R&B related nominees below, uniquely by artist.) For a complete listing of the 2009/51st Annual Grammy Award nominees please visit Grammy.com where 110 categories of nominees ranging from Hip Hop to Country are available for review. 2009/ 51st Annual GRAMMY Award Nominees List (By Artist, First Name) *Updated (See Additional General Field Nominees Below) *Updated (For Hip Hop/Rap Nominees Click Here) Al Green – Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals “Stay With Me (By The Sea)” feat. John Legend – Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance “You’ve Got The Love I Need” feat. Anthony Hamilton – Best R&B Album “Lay It Down” Alicia Keys – Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals “Lessons Learned” with John Mayer – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance “Superwoman” Anthony David – Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals “Words” feat. India.Aire Beyonce – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance “Me, Myself and I” (Track from: The Beyonce Experience Live Audio) Boyz II Men – Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals “Ribbon In The Sky” – Best R&B album “Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA” Chris Brown – Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals “No Air” – Best Male R&B Vocal Performance “Take You Down” Chrisette Michele – Best Urban/Alternative Performance “Be OK” feat. Will.I.Am Eric Benet – Best Male R&B vocal Performance “You’re The Only One” – Best R&B Album “Love & Life” Estelle – Song of the Year “American Boy” – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration “American Boy” feat. Kanye West Fantasia – Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals “I’m His Only Woman” w/ Jennifer Hudson India Aire – Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals “Words” w/ Anthony David J.Holiday – Best Contemporary R&B Album “Back of My Lac” Janelle Monae – Best Urban/Alternative Performance “Many Moons” Jazmine Sullivan – Best New Artist – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance “Need U Bad” – Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance “In Love With Another Man” – Best R&B Song “Bust Your Windows” – Best Contemporary R&B Album “Fearless” Jennifer Hudson – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance “Spotlight” – Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals “I’m His Only Woman” feat. Fantasia – Best R&B Song “Spotlight” – Best R&B Album – Jennifer Hudson John Legend – Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals “Stay With Me (By The Sea)” w/ Al Green – Best Rap/Sung Collaboration “Green Light” feat. Andre 3000 Jordin Sparks – Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals “No Air” Justin Timberlake – Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals “4 Minutes” w/ Madonna Karina Pasian – Best Contemporary R&B Album “First Love” Keyshia Cole – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance “Heaven Sent” – Best R&B Song “Heaven Sent” Leona Lewis – Record of the Year “Bleeding Love” – Best Female Pop Vocal Performance “Bleeding Love” – Best Pop Vocal Album “Spirit” Maiysha – Best Urban/Alternative Performance “Wanna Be” Mary J.Blige – Best Contemporary R&B Album “Growing Pains” Natalie Cole – Best Traditional Pop vocal Album “Still Unforgettable” Ne-Yo – Album of the Year – Best Male Pop Vocal Performance “Closer” – Best R&B Male Vocal Performance “Miss Independent” – Best R&B Song “Miss Independent” – Best Contemporary R&B Album “Year Of The Gentleman” – Best R&B Song “Spotlight” (songwriters award) (Jennifer Hudson) Raheem DeVaughn – Best R&B Song “Customer” Raphael Saadiq – Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals “Never Give You Up” feat. Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton – Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance “Love That Girl” – Best R&B Album – The Way I See It Rihanna – Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals “If I Never See Your Face Again” w/ Maroon 5 – Best Dance Recording “Disturbia” Trey Songz – Best Male R&B Vocal Performance “Can’t Help But Wait” Usher – Best Male R&B Vocal Performance “Here I Stand” Wayne Brady – Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance “A Change Is Gonna Come” General Field (Record Of The Year, Best New Artist) Record Of The Year – Adele “Chasing Pavements” – Coldplay “Viva La Vida” – Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” – M.I.A. “Paper Planes” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss “Please Read The Letter” Album of The Year – Coldplay “Vivla La Vida” / Death And All His Friends – Lil Wayne “Tha Carter III” – Ne-Yo “Year of the Gentleman” – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss “Raising Sand” – Radiohead “In Rainbows” Song of the Year – Estelle “American Boy” – Adele Adkins & Eg White “Chasing Pavements” – Jason Mraz “I’m Yours” – Sara Bareilles “Love Song” – Coldplay “Viva La Vida” Best New Artist – Adele – Duffy – Jonas Brothers – Lady Antebellum – Jazmine Sullivan

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