Take a sneak peek at who’s being nominated for Best Male R&B artist, their strengths and weaknesses and you decide who should ultimately take home the award this weekend.
Pros: His third album, Grafitti, which was released late last year, was pretty successful considering it was released after he was charged with felony assault against ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
Cons: He’s still got a pretty bad rap for his domestic violence against Rihanna, and his fan base has declined as a result.
Pros: With the release of his third album, Love and War Masterpeace, earlier this year, he finally has gotten more respect and notice from fans and other music artists. Plus, he’s super-talented, his music is captivating and he even sends a positive message through many of his songs.
Cons: He’s not as mainstream as the other artists on this list so he could be overshadowed.
Pros: After an eight year hiatus, many were anxiously awaiting Maxwell’s return and his latest album, BLACKsummers’night debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. He also won two Grammys earlier this year for the album, and was nominated for a stunning six.
Cons: His long break from music could work in the favor of an artist who’s been more visible over the past few years.
Pros: He boomed from R&B star to superstar over the past year with his third album, Ready, and his sex symbol status has made more popular among the ladies. Plus, he’s only 25 and he’s already making major moves.
Cons: He was nominated for Grammy, Soul Train, and BET awards in 2008 and 2009, but he didn’t win a single one.
Pros: What other R&B male artist besides Usher currently has four hit singles? He pushed the envelope with his latest project, Raymond v. Raymond, and now that he’s a single man again, he’s become more desirable.
Cons: He’s won so many awards and had such a successful 15+ year career that BET might decide to give another artist a chance.
—— By: Crystal Tate