Who Will Win Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 53rd Annual Grammys?

Chris Brown, Janelle Monáe, and Usher

The battle continues for this year’s Grammys. After a strong year of solid R&B records from the genre’s finest, an elite five nominees will go head-to-head for Best Contemporary R&B Album during Sunday’s broadcast.

Of the honored musicians, Chris Brown reps for the young set with his third LP Graffiti, while leftfield songstress Janelle Monáe earns a nod for her genre-bending debut The ArchAndroid. Ryan Leslie scores his first nomination for his sophomore effort Transition, with R. Kelly and Usher holding it down for the veterans with their acknowledged albums Untitled and Raymond v. Raymond.

Each nominee carries its own, but only one can reign supreme at the 53rd annual ceremony. Who has the best shot at striking Grammy gold? Weigh in by voting in our poll below.

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67 Comments

  1. Lolsmileyface

    Janelle Monae perhaps, but Usher will be a strong contender.

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  2. Neickha

    I’ve acutally heard almost every album here. But I think it’s going to be between Usher and Janelle Monae.

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  3. vladica07

    I wish it could be Breezy,but I think this one is gonna go to Usher.

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  4. Music Lover

    I want Chris Brown to win but Ms. Janelle deserve to win

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  5. Nicole

    CHRIS

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  6. Denise

    If the voting goes after quality it will go to Ryan Leslie!!

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  7. humberto

    Janelle TOTALLY deserves, but Grammy just look sales, so… Usher.

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  8. Janaie

    Chris Brown

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  9. jeremydante

    It doesnt matter what Rap-up readers think; it’s up to the Grammy Association.

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  10. From Tokyo

    Janelle definitely deserves it, imo, but I agree that oftentimes the Grammys look at popularity. Too bad. But the quality of her album is fact, whether it’s recognized by them or not.

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  11. From Tokyo

    I should’ve said “most times” rather than “oftentimes”, rather.

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  12. L.A. Baby

    Janelle Monae.

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  13. Kyle

    I agree with From Tokyo, sometimes the Grammy’s tend to lean towards popularity and in the case I think Usher would easily take it. BUT, if they decide to honor a groundbreaking, genre-defying album then I hope Janelle Monae takes it! Her album is one of the best of 2010 hands down.

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  14. tiffany

    what’s dat question??

    chris brown did a real good job
    graffiti is a work of genius
    impressive
    everybody has to listen to this (the deluxe edition) this is real music

    i just hope the grammy assiociation don’t look at the number of sale or don’t make win just the people who are presents in the room or the comerial’s shits

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  15. freefalling

    all of them are great you would think that the grammy’s would change it up and let others win, but they just gives the grammy to who ever they love the most.

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  16. Phoenix_Wright

    I would want it to be Ryan Leslie, just cause I love his music, but that album wasn’t one of my favorites.

    I think Janelle might get it. I got bored of her album, but probably was the most memorable one out of the nominations. If not Janelle then Usher (whos album I liked) will get it.

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  17. WINDYcityBREEZY

    I hope that Chris Brown wins. I believe that he deserves to win because he has done so much to get back to the position he is in now. I think winning this award will give him that extra boost and it will also let the world see that he has matured. oh and GRAFFITI was amazing.. nothing short of genius!

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  18. ZANIA

    I really hope Chris wins, but I think he will not win a Grammy because of the past drama surrounding the album, but next year I think Chris will finally get his Grammy wins 2012.

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  19. 1rnbfan1

    In my opinion , there’s nothing to think about. Usher win with no doubts :)

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  20. Lolsmileyface

    Chris Brown has popularity now, and is making good music — now. BUT, last year’s Graffiti f yall didn’t realize, has a 39/100 on Metacritic. It was not viewed well AT ALL by critics. So sorry Team Breezy, maybe next year, but not this year. Don’t get your hopes up. This isn’t “Deuces”, “Yeah 3x” or “Look At Me Now” is all that other mess.

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  21. Rihanna Baby

    I hope Janelle wins

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  22. breezy swiss

    Chris

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  23. mt

    chris breezyyyyyyyyy

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  24. Haters Stay Pressed!

    This is a tough category. Artist like Janel and Ryan Leslie usually get overlooked so the fact they got nominated is dope, but I don’t see them winning

    R. Kelly is a legend, and for the most part he puts out quality material, but I really don’t see him winning this one.

    I really think it is between Usher and Chris but I really hope Chris takes it home! Usher had a great year as far as sales and hits, but Chris put his heart into that album and this would mean so much to him! Graffiti was blackballed and un fairly judged by the critics! Getting this Grammy nomination proved that it was a good album that got over looked. If he won that would certify his comeback!

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  25. Haters Stay Pressed!

    @lolsmileyface: OBVIOULSY critics don’t matter when it comes to Grammy’s or ‘Graffiti’ wouldn’t have been nominated in the first place! There were dozens of other albums that could have been nominated that got better reviews but they choose ‘Graffiti’ for a reason. It wasn’t just luck!

    He may not win, but the Grammy’s don’t give a f*ck about critics when it comes to deciding who wins!

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  26. Stre3t Danc@

    chrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischrischris

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  27. mon

    rotfl ya’ll really think that wack ass cd graffiti is going to win lol! cb and r kelly dont have a chance it’s clearly between usher and janelle

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  28. Barbz

    Either Janelle or Usher. Janelle deserves it.

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  29. tiffany

    chris brown deserves it for sure
    graffiti is a really importante work in the chris brown’s career and in the music in general

    with dat album, we discovered mix of diferents kind of music, a new chris brown too

    original

    and from EXCLUSIVE to GRAFFITI, there were a biiiiiiiig diference!

    from GRAFFITI to F.A.M.E there just a step chris!! we are waiting for u ….

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  30. Cadence

    Who deserves it: janelle or Ryan
    Who will win: janelle or usher

    The grammys don’t always go after what is the most popular but rather what was just a great album and janelles
    Was obviously it…..

    The others were a bit cliche except kellz and Ryan who had a touch of old school that was good…. But like ii said janelle all the way

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  31. Jordan

    If the Grammys have any credibility left they’ll give it to Janelle Monae! That’s by far the better of the five….

    Chris is probably the worst of the bunch so I doubt anyone thinks he’ll win it ( well except his stans)

    Ush might take it but idk….

    #TEAMREALMUSIC

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  32. Flourhead

    Janelle’s album was one of the best I’ve ever heard.
    So.. Janelle Monae~!

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  33. tiffany

    jordan are you dumb??

    if you say me dat “champion” is not real music, “my last” ft jay sean is not real music, “deuces” is not real music, “look at me now” is not real music, “yo escuse me miss” is not real music (and “i need this”, “lucky me ” “gotta bhe ur man” in the GRAFFITI album) just to name a few…..
    ….

    SO you just have to dig a hole and jump in!!

    chris brown has the best artists on his songz, the new and the old
    even pharell king dedicate songz to him
    everybody in the game respect him because he doesn’t look everywhere there are comercials shits.. he does it with the heart, records everywees and he’ s the best performer

    dat’s what we call a real artists

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  34. tiffany

    featuring big sean
    o sh*t!!how I could confuse jay sean sean and my pal big sean ….^^

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  35. Ci-Error Failed

    lmao at Chris Brown even being nominated, what a disgrace, one of the worst albums of 2010.

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  36. TA2802

    Janelle Monae definitely deserves to win, it stands out amongst all of them and it was so critically acclaimed. One of the best albums of 2010 and it’s far better than Breezy, Usher and R. Kelly but I haven’t heard Ryan Leslie’s one yet…

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  37. TA2802

    Sales shouldn’t count towards Grammys, it should be the music i.e. the lyrical content and everything else included or else Janelle wouldn’t even have a nom.

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  38. TA2802

    I don’t understand how Graffiti is the 14th worst reviewed album on Metacritic yet it still got a Grammy nom, so either music has reached an all time low or the world’s gone insane. Another reason to vote for Janelle!

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  39. UsherFan

    USHER =)

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  40. Yees

    OMG OMG OMG !! Yes —> Usher <3

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  41. Smash

    It’s gonna b Usher. Raymond v Raymond was huge!!!

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  42. Max

    The Grammys have gone completely downhill and as much as I think Janelle Monae’s album was great and deserves this award, Usher will likely get it. I also wouldn’t mind Breezy getting it, because Graffiti was a superb album, FAR superior to his others. But Janelle Monae is so talented and outshines them all on this one. Raymond V Raymond had hits but overall it wasn’t a particularly good album.

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  43. zania

    TA2802 The only reason Chris album had bad reviews is because people couldn’t see past 2009 incident.
    Crawl was a beautiful song. So the grammy nominated Chris because they know the album was good.

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  44. GRRRR

    If Janelle Monae doesn’t win a Grammy this year, I am going to be so mad.

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  45. listen

    JANELLE!!!!!

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  46. From Tokyo

    @TA2802 – If only that were true. It’s been some legitimately great albums that have been snubbed for commercial successes time and time again and so that’s why I remain skeptical. I HOPE she wins, though even if she doesn’t the album will still be great. I would have nominated Janelle for Best Album of the Year.

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  47. musakfool87

    Janelle Monae changed the game of music so I think she deserves it. All you teeny bopper lames need to jump off the Chris Brown wagon. Graffiti was garbage and doesn’t even compare to the “Arch Android”. That album is trendsetting not just another average release.

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  48. Heminem

    Usher or Janelle Monae

    Chris will have more luck next year

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  49. jordan

    @tiffany

    I would have put ur opinion in consideration if u werent a crazy chris brown stan… The fact is that wasn’t a good album,that’s not shade that’s the truth…

    Maybe Its because I don’t think about music based on looks or maybe I’m just not a delusional female stan who has fxcked up opinions on domestic violence but like I said and I’ll reiterate

    #TEAMREALMUSIC

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  50. Kelly

    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER
    USHER

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  51. Unplugged

    Janelle baby!!!!!!!!!!!!! all the way! just hope that she rolled all the way to the bank last year….i mean if she don’t win something she might as well get paid for her creativity and originality……and she fine…..love her

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  52. TowandaW

    Would be nice if Breezy snaps this one………..But I think Usher will get it *still happy*

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  53. ally

    Some of u try and seem impartial when speaking about chris cd graffiti but you fail when you bring up things like dv or say its garbage.One, what does dv have to do with an album being good? Second the album apparently wasn’t garbage considering it got nominated for a grammy.

    My point is stop the hate.If you dislike him fine but every artist in this category deserves to be there.

    I personally want chris or janelle to win because to be honest besides “there goes my baby” I cant remember any other good songs off of usher album.
    But i’ll be happy for whoever wins

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  54. ally

    r kelly album was great too

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  55. musakfool87

    For me what makes an album great is not following the trend. I don’t feel there is creativity when artists use the same producers as their competition. Everything sounds the same and no one is breaking new ground. Look at all the rnb dudes.. where is THAT album??? That album that separates one artists from the rest. Nowhere to be found.. Albums that are fearless with creativity and lyricism are what im looking for.

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  56. Miszi

    Chris Brown should win, Graffiti is amazing. I have a bad feelin that Usher will win this one though. Don’t get me wrong, Usher is great artist aswell ;) .

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  57. Bri

    Usher

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  58. Freezy

    Chris should win with Graffiti! Transform ya, crawl , so cold, movie, brown skin girl, i love u…

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  59. Jay S.

    JANELLE MONAE BABY!!!!!!!! I BELIEVE THAT HER ALBUM WAS WAY BETTER THAN RAYMOND VS RAYMOND. I GOT LOVE FOR USHER BUT JANELLE MONAE BRINGS SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND SHE DOES IT WELL

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  60. Ashlei

    Usher..End of.

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  61. chrisbreezy

    whatchu talking about guys,grafitty is the best album ever nd breezy deserves to win nobody else just chris breey the king of pop after micheal nd the king of RnB after the jackaaaas R.Kelly.

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  62. Gomar

    Am a big fan of Robert Kelly I love his song to the soul men this guy is the best

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  63. qamzé

    Chris Brown <3

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  64. Valentina

    CHRIIIIIIIIIIS IS THE BEST, VOTE FOR CHRIS BREEZY !!! I LOVE.

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  65. chrisbreezy

    yeah valentina i loved ur comment

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  66. chrisbreezy

    pllllllz vote for chris,I mean how could u forget his perfect song “crawl” think about it,follow ur emotion nd then vote,nd sure vote for him.coz he deserves that.

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  67. breezy

    Chris

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