Annal: 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2005.

Album:The Emancipation of Mimi

The Emancipation of Mimi

Mariah Carey

Early buzz on The Emancipation of Mimi predicted that this would be the disc to mark “the return of the voice”—the voice being that glass-shattering instrument that propelled Carey to bestselling female artist of all time status—and mostly it is. But because of the small army of talent involved in its assembly, the album is way more than just a comeback vehicle. For proof, try straight-ahead, look-out-Beyonce-Mimi’s-still-got-it “Mine Again,” or ‘70s-soul cuddle-up, “Circles:” a don’t-attempt-on-American-Idol love song, or the gospel dazzlers “Fly…

Album:Destiny Fulfilled

Destiny Fulfilled

Destiny's Child

Some thought it would never happen, but after solo successes and a three-year hiatus the ladies of Destiny’s Child have reunited for the eagerly-anticipated Destiny Fulfilled. The Houston-based trio of Kelly, Michelle and some girl named Beyonce follow up their mega successful Survivor with another album full of infectious dance grooves and melancholy tales of women done wrong. Lead single “Lose My Breath” is their first offering of the former. Backed by a kinetic marching band sample, they sing with an urgency that bolsters the Rodney…

Album:O

O

Omarion

Two years after teen heartthrobs B2K threw in the towel, Omarion, their vocal center of gravity has resurfaced with his solo debut, the aptly titled O. Despite such high wattage producers as the Neptunes and Rodney Jerkins, the toothsome singer sounds much the same as he did when he fronted the boy band, except some of the tracks are a little racier than the stuff his former outfit put out. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when you get lost in the ardent yearning of a track like “Slow Dance.” But it’s not the love jams that shine here, it’s…

Album:Touch

Touch

Amerie

Amerie’s 2002 debut, All I Have, found tough guys and urban sophisticates alike tangled up in the question of “Why Don’t We Fall in Love?” It spawned a collaboration with Nas, and ignited a cult of cool around black-Korean culture. With her exotic looks and draw-the-shades sound, the smoky-eyed chanteuse came by her frothy fan base fairly. With Touch she pulls through for a second exercise in sultry, solid sound. Two tracks on this disc grab hold instantly: “1 Thing” forges its way from an R&B-spiked pop place into rockier territory, and “Touch”…

Album:Turning Point

Turning Point

Mario

"Turning Point" is teenage R&B sensation Mario’s second album, and the follow up to his 2002 eponymously-titled release. Featuring slick production and smooth vocal stylings, the album sticks very rigidly to the contemporary R&B formula that has proved so successful for his peers. Includes the single ‘Let Me Love You’.

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