Who told you that R&B is dead? The only thing dead is that conversation. At every turn, there are incredible outlets like R&B Radar, Real Mumbo and Rated R&B pushing forth some of the best and brightest talent in the genre. Each and every day, it feels as if artists like Joyce Wrice, Dylan Sinclair and Muni Long are coming up and showing out. Not to mention, veterans like Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Usher continue to put out wonderful music. To top it all off, fans can go catch out festivals like Sol Blume to see all of their favorite acts on a handful of stages on the same day. Simply put, the genre is healthy and thriving.
The only downside of a healthy and thriving genre is the difficulty it creates when selecting award winners. Whether it’s the Soul Train Awards, BET Awards or the Grammy Awards, there are always more qualified nominees than there are slots. This year, the Grammy Awards were no exception. the “Song of the Year” category was filled to the brim with nominees like “Hurt Me So Good” by Jazmine Sullivan and “Please Don’t Walk Away” by PJ Morton. Ultimately, only one song could walk away with the golden trophy.
Beyoncé’s “Cuff It” has earned “Best R&B Song” honors at the 2023 Grammy Awards. While she was unable to make it in time to accept the award, legends The Dream and Nile Rodgers accepted the award on her behalf. With this win, she equals the record amount of Grammy Awards won by a single person.
Congrats Best R&B Song winner (A Songwriter(s) Award) – "CUFF IT" – @blu_june, Beyoncé, @msteenamarie, @chi_coney, @thekingdream, @MortenRistorp, @NileRodgers & @RaphaelSaadiq, songwriters (@beyonce) #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/qxWx9JAw54
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) February 6, 2023