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The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s 

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In 1995, Boyz II Men became the first artists to win the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. They took home the trophy for II, the album anchored by the number-one singles "On Bended Knee" and "I'll Make Love to You." But the talented group is just one of the many superstar nominees and winners of this award throughout the '90s. These Grammy-nominated 1990s albums represent some of the best R&B recordings ever.

What LPs will you find on this list of the best R&B albums of the 1990s? Lauryn Hill took home the trophy in 1999 for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Critics and fans alike were blown away by the artist's meditations on love, motherhood, and femininity, and the album is widely regarded as one of the best albums of all time. Neo soul acts like Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and D'Angelo were also frequently nominated for the Best R&B Album Grammy.

Barry White, and his iconic baritone voice, was nominated for a Grammy in 1996 for The Icon Is Love. Other great recordings featured on this 1990s R&B albums list include Luther Vandross' Songs and CrazySexyCool by TLC.

Do you have a favorite R&B album from the '90s? Give the best Grammy nominees a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list.

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1
The Miseducation of Laur... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Lauryn Hill (1998); Tracks: Nothing Even Matters, Superstar & I Used to Love Him

Won in 1999.

2
Never Say Never is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Brandy Norwood (1998); Tracks: U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To), Truthfully & One Voice

Nominated in 1999.

3
Crazy Sexy Cool is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By TLC (1994); Tracks: Switch, Sexy (interlude) & Diggin' on You
Won in 1996.
4
II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Boyz II Men (1994); Tracks: 50 Candles, On Bended Knee & Water Runs Dry
Won in 1995.
5
Share My World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Mary J. Blige (1997); Tracks: Keep Your Head, Round and Round & Intro
Nominated in 1998.
6
Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By D'Angelo (1995); Tracks: Jonz in My Bonz, When We Get By & Alright
Nominated in 1996.
7
My Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Mary J. Blige (1994); Tracks: You Bring Me Joy, My Life & Mary Jane
Nominated in 1996.
8
Baduizm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Erykah Badu (1997); Tracks: Appletree, Rimshot (intro) & Certainly (Flipped It)
Won in 1998.
9
Evolution is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Boyz II Men (1997); Tracks: Human II (Don't Turn Your Back on Me), Girl in the Life Magazine & Can't Let Her Go
Nominated in 1998.
10
A Rose Is Still a Rose ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Aretha Franklin (1998); Tracks: The Woman, I'll Dip & Here We Go Again

Nominated in 1999.

11
Maxwell's Urban Hang Sui... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Maxwell (1996); Tracks: ...Til the Cops Come Knockin', Sumthin' Sumthin' & The Suite Theme
Nominated in 1997.
12
I'm Ready is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
I'm Ready By Tevin Campbell (1993); Tracks: Uncle Sam, Infant Child & Interlude
Nominated in 1995.
13
The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
The Preacher's Wife
Nominated in 1998.
14
Embrya is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
Embrya By Maxwell (1998); Tracks: Gravity: Pushing to Pull, Know These Things:Shouldn't You & Embrya

Nominated in 1999.

15
Rhythm of Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Anita Baker (1994); Tracks: You Belong to Me, I Apologize & The Look of Love
Nominated in 1995.
16
Live is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
Live

Nominated in 1999.

17
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Prince (1995); Tracks: P Control, Shy & We March
Nominated in 1996.
18
The Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
The Day By Babyface (1996); Tracks: The Day (That You Gave Me a Son), All Day Thinkin' & Every Time I Close My Eyes
Nominated in 1998.
19
Just for You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
Just for You By Gladys Knight; Tracks: Choice of Colors, Guilty & Next Time
Nominated in 1995.
20
Peace Beyond Passion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
Peace Beyond Passion By Meshell Ndegeocello (1996); Tracks: Make Me Wanna Holler, God Shiva & Deuteronomy: Niggerman
Nominated in 1997.
21
Plantation Lullabies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
By Meshell Ndegeocello (1993); Tracks: Call Me, Outside Your Door & I'm Diggin' You (Like an Old Soul Record)
Nominated in 1995.
22
New World Order is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
New World Order By Curtis Mayfield (1997); Tracks: The Got Dang Song, Let's Not Forget & Here but I'm Gone
Nominated in 1997.
23
Words is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
Words By The Tony Rich Project (1996); Tracks: Like a Woman, Under Her Spell & Ghost
Won in 1997.
24
Songs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
Songs
Nominated in 1995.
25
Moving On is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 1990s
Moving On By Oleta Adams (1995); Tracks: You Need to Be Loved, Once in a Lifetime & We Will Meet Again
Nominated in 1997.