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NOMINATIONS FOR CONTEMPORARY (Jan. '14)
To the registered users of SoulMusic.com

Here are the top 15 Hall of Fame nominations for Contemporary Soul Music Artist/Group of Duo:

1. MARIAH CAREY
2. R. KELLY
3. BOYZ II MEN
4. MARY J. BLIGE
5. TONI BRAXTON
6. BRIAN McKNIGHT
7. JOE
8. USHER
9. MONICA
10. FAITH EVANS
11. BRANDY
12. GINUWINE
13. ALICIA KEYS
14. BEYONCE
15. CHRIS BROWN

Okay, members, we REALLY need to talk about this one.

In my previous blog, I’ve already outlined everything that was wrong with this dreaded category & in order for the members to make it work, they would have to do a much better job in all the other categories. And what do the members do? They turn right around, pass over 2 established R&B giants, R. Kelly & Maxwell, and vote in Kenny Lattimore, a fine singer with mediocre success & no influence at all. In other words, they’ve taken an already-bad situation and made it EVEN WORSE!!

Members, do you realize that because of your awkward thinking towards this category, that Kenny Lattimore gets to brag, “I’ve beaten out The Dells, B.B. King, Lionel Richie & Allen Toussaint for the Soul Music Hall of Fame!” Now, do you feel good about that? If you do, then SHAME ON YOU! But if you don’t, then its time to repair this category, as well as your voting habits!!

Now members, take a look at the names listed above. Seriously! LOOK AT THEM!!

THESE are the artists that have dominated Contemporary Soul at one time or another during the past 24 years! THESE are the artists that have held true to the traditions of Soul singing, even when merging with other genres, or achieving pop success. THESE are the artists who have earned the respect of older Soul music fans. THESE are the artists who have influenced & inspired the younger generation of R&B fans, as well as other Contemporary artists, including those who you’ve voted for in this list. And THESE are the artists who have even collaborated with established Soul legends, even getting some praise from them.

Forget what you see on BET or MTV. Forget what you read on WorldStar or Media Takeout. THESE artists are not listed because of their image. They are listed because of their MUSIC, and what that music has done for R&B, its fans, & the tradition itself. (And yes, that even includes Chris Brown, who had done more for R&B in the past EIGHT years, than your inductee, Kenny Lattimore, has done in the past EIGHTEEN years!)

The Contemporary category has been a resident joke in the entire Hall of Fame, but there’s nothing funny about it. It’s time for the members to fix their voting habits & make this category work once & for all.
Entered By: earlthethird
Sunday, January 05, 2014
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