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The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s  

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With new releases from superstars like Toni Braxton, John Legend, and India.Arie, the 2010s marked a great decade for R&B music. The best R&B albums of the 2010s encompassed sounds ranging from funk to pop, hip-hop to soul, but all of them share a creative spark that was noticed by listeners and Grammy voters alike. These Grammy nominated 2010s albums are well worth celebrating.

Who will you find on this list of best 2010s album nominees? R. Kelly might be best known for his club hits, but his album Love Letter is all about romance. The album was nominated for a Grammy in 2012, and Kelly was nominated again in 2013 for his follow-up, Write Me Back. After more than a decade away from the music scene, D'Angelo won the Grammy for Best R&B Album for his 2016 release, Black Messiah. American Idol winner Fantasia was also popular among fans and Grammy voters throughout the '10s. Other notable entries on this 2010s R&B albums list include Aloe Blacc's Lift Your Spirit and F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown.

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1
Love, Marriage & Divorce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Love, Marriage & Divorce Toni Braxton & Babyface
Won in 2015.
2
Black Radio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Black Radio Robert Glasper Experiment
Won in 2013.
3
Love In The Future is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
John Legend
Nominated in 2014.
4
Black Messiah is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Black Messiah D'Angelo & The Vanguard
Won in 2016.
5
F.A.M.E. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Chris Brown
Won in 2012.
6
Girl on Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Girl on Fire Alicia Keys
Won in 2014.
7
BLACKsummers'night is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
BLACKsummers'night Maxwell
Won in 2010.
8
Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Three Kings TGT
Nominated in 2014.
9
The Point of It All is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
The Point of It All Anthony Hamilton
Nominated in 2010.
10
Give the People What They Want is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Nominated in 2015.
11
R&B Divas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
R&B Divas Faith Evans
Nominated in 2014.
12
Wake Up! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Wake Up! The Roots, John Legend
Won in 2011.
13
Lift Your Spirit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Lift Your Spirit Aloe Blacc
Nominated in 2015.
14
Pieces of Me is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Pieces of Me Ledisi
Nominated in 2012.
15
Still Standing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Monica
Nominated in 2011.
16
Kelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Kelly Kelly Price
Nominated in 2012.
17
Back to Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Back to Me Fantasia
Nominated in 2011.
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Write Me Back is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Write Me Back R. Kelly
Nominated in 2013.
19
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Poli... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics India.Arie
Nominated in 2010.
20
Back to Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Back to Love Anthony Hamilton
Nominated in 2013.
21
Better is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Better Chrisette Michele
Nominated in 2014.
22
Beautiful Surprise is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Beautiful Surprise Tamia
Nominated in 2013.
23
Uncle Charlie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Uncle Charlie Charlie Wilson
Nominated in 2010.
24
Reality Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Reality Show Jazmine Sullivan
Nominated in 2016.
25
Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated R&B Albums of the 2010s
Coming Home Leon Bridges
Nominated in 2016.