Obscura: A New Era of Talent in R&B – Grammy Edition

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With January coming to an end, many of us still reminisce essential playlists from last year. For the past 12 months, artists new and old have been showing off their new talents, live performances and mesmerizing songs. The 2018 Grammy nominations are here, and this Obscura’s edition focuses on R&B, the new soul searching and melancholic sway of musical genre. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Billboard Hot 100’s reporter Andra Day revealed “the Big 4 categories” – best new artist, record of the year, song of the year, and album of the year – live on CBS This Morning, and shortly thereafter, the Recording Academy announced the nominees in all 84 categories.

When focusing on all categories, this edition took interest in the Hip Hop and specifically R&B field, two genres that have forever been below the “Pop” genre until this year.

Lora Strom from PBS Newshour reported,“the 60th annual Grammy Award nominations offered some surprise snubs, a lack of traditional pop nominees and a strong showing by today’s leading hip-hop artists.” This is a big deal for the Grammy Awards, revealing the notion that R&B and Hip-Hop are climbing the charts and surpassing the average pop songs. With rhythmic tunes and elevated pitches in singing, R&B nominees show great potential in today’s market not only for the Grammy’s, but also for a reformation in American music as well. Leading artists such as Khalid, Daniel Caesar, SZA and other nominees all contribute a new style towards the 2017 form of R&B. Although they all have their different talents, each artist contributes heavily to the music industry, giving off different vibes of tone, chorus and use of electronic or traditional instrument beats. Whether or not you agree with the nominations, you can still agree that R&B is far from talentless.

The 60th Grammy Awards will be hosted at 4:30 pm PST on January 28th, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Artists attending include Zendaya, Kendrick Lamar, Charli XCX, Bruno Mars and many more.


Here are 2018’s Nominees:

R&B Field Grammy

Category 17 – Best R&B Performance

(For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)

  • Get You

    Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis

  • Distraction


  • High


  • That’s What I Like

    Bruno Mars

  • The Weekend


Field 6 – R&B

Category 18 – Best Traditional R&B Performance

(For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)

  • Laugh And Move On

    The Baylor Project

  • Redbone

    Childish Gambino

  • What I’m Feelin’

    Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones

  • All The Way


  • Still

    Mali Music

Field 6 – R&B

Category 19 – Best R&B Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • First Began

    PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)

  • Location

    Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)

  • Redbone

    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

  • Supermodel

    Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)

  • That’s What I Like

    Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Field 6 – R&B

Category 20 – Best Urban Contemporary Album

(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

  • Free 6LACK


  • “Awaken, My Love!”

    Childish Gambino

  • American Teen


  • Ctrl


  • Starboy

    The Weeknd

Field 6 – R&B

Category 21 – Best R&B Album

(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)

  • Freudian

    Daniel Caesar

  • Let Love Rule


  • 24K Magic

    Bruno Mars

  • Gumbo

    PJ Morton

  • Feel The Real

    Musiq Soulchild

Kenzo is a senior at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. and a recurring guest writer for the iPatriotPost. Even though he started out his career in journalism as a junior, his involvement with newspaper as well as his passion for journalism truly reflects his "obscure" writing and prestigious camera shots. Kenzo is also President and Co-Founder of the Asian-American Student Association, Vice-President of Key Club and an active member of Speech & Debate, Model UN, Quill and Scroll and many more. In his free time he loves listening to Jazz classics, eating "weird food" and telling everyone he writes for the Patriot Post.

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