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GRAMMY Awards: Best Urban Contemporary Album

By Joe Hyer

February 8, 2017

Who dropped the hottest album of 2016? We’re about to find out as music’s biggest night is just around the corner. But first, we want your take on the nominees for best urban album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday.

With a couple familiar names, and some newcomers, here are the 2017 nominees: Lemonade, Beyonce; Ology, Gallant; We are King, KING; Malibu, Anderson Paak; and Anti, Rihanna. 

Preview each artist below by checking out the lead single off of their nominated albums.

Lemonade – Beyoncé

This album will likely take home the crown in this category. In fact, oddsmakers say that this album is most likely to win Album of the Year at Sunday’s ceremony (by a long shot). The album made headlines for telling the story of what appeared to a marital strife between her and Jay Z. Beyoncé raised the bar by once again showing us that she is not a woman to be messed with at all.

Ology –Gallant

Ology is Gallant’s debut studio album. Not only did we love the Gallant’s songwriting, but we also loved Gallant’s vocal prowess. Want to see how impressed we were with his voice? Gallant posted a cover of the song “Weight in Gold” with Seal on YouTube last spring that is pure vocal gold. Gallant may not beat Beyoncé in this category this year, but the 25-year-old has a long career ahead of him.

We are King – KING

This is the debut album from the alternative R&B group. It is worth noting that the album was self-produced by the band. Billboard put the album on the list of the 10 Best R&B albums of 2016. The group has a softer sound than what we’ve become accustomed to in recent years, and the album has more of a soul feel to it, but we loved every second of it.

Malibu – Anderson Paak

Anderson Paak's second studio album has been called Paak's breakthrough to commercial success. The album was ranked in 8th place on Pitchfork's list of 2016's top albums. 

Anti - Rihanna

This album sounded a little different than what we were used to from Rihanna, but it sounded so good. It had more of a pop and R&B sound than some of her previous songs may have had. Rihanna even has an executive producer credit on this one. The album, which gave us the song Work featuring Drake, could be the album to give Beyoncé a run for the money in this category.


The 2017 GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 on CBS.