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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
    27
    9

    Share My World

    Mary J. Blige
    Nominated in 1998.
  • 2
    29
    18

    Never Say Never

    Brandy Norwood

    Nominated in 1999.

  • 3
    22
    16

    Won in 1999.

  • 4
    28
    23

    Baduizm

    Erykah Badu
    Won in 1998.
  • 5
    25
    20

    My Life

    Mary J. Blige
    Nominated in 1996.
  • 6
    26
    22

    Brown Sugar

    D'Angelo
    Nominated in 1996.
  • 7
    27
    23

    Evolution

    Boyz II Men
    Nominated in 1998.
  • 8
    16
    13

    A Rose Is Still a Rose

    Aretha Franklin

    Nominated in 1999.

  • 9
    12
    8

    The Preacher's Wife

    Whitney Houston
    Nominated in 1998.
  • 10
    19
    18

    II

    Boyz II Men
    Won in 1995.
  • 11
    17
    21
    Won in 1996.
  • 12
    13
    17

    Live

    Erykah Badu

    Nominated in 1999.

  • 13
    7
    13

    Just for You

    Gladys Knight
    Nominated in 1995.
  • 14
    6
    14

    Rhythm of Love

    Anita Baker
    Nominated in 1995.
  • 15
    6
    15

    Embrya

    Maxwell

    Nominated in 1999.

  • 16
    9
    21

    Words

    The Tony Rich Project
    Won in 1997.
  • 17
    9
    21

    Songs

    Luther Vandross
    Nominated in 1995.
  • 18
    8
    21

    New World Order

    Curtis Mayfield
    Nominated in 1997.
  • 19
    6
    18

    The Icon Is Love

    Barry White
    Nominated in 1996.
  • 20
    8
    22

    I'm Ready

    Tevin Campbell
    Nominated in 1995.
  • 21
    8
    21
    Nominated in 1997.
  • 22
    6
    25
    Nominated in 1996.
  • 23
    5
    23

    The Day

    Babyface
    Nominated in 1998.
  • 24
    3
    18

    Moving On

    Oleta Adams
    Nominated in 1997.
  • 25
    3
    18

    Peace Beyond Passion

    Me'shell Ndegeocello
    Nominated in 1997.