The last R&B album to win the coveted Album of the Year award at the Grammys was ‘Genius Loves Company’ by Ray Charles in 2005. Charles beat out Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys and Kanye West for the award.
In the years following, other R&B efforts have only come close, including Mariah Carey‘s ‘The Emancipation of Mimi,’ Justin Timberlake‘s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds,’ Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ and the list goes on.
At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which debut on Sunday, Frank Ocean brought R&B back to the category with his debut LP, ‘Channel Orange.’ Will he join the Grammy family this year? We’ll soon find out. Until then, TheDrop.fm reminds you of the eight classic R&B albums that have been given music’s highest honor. Here’s 8 R&B Albums That Won a Grammy for Album of the Year.