Beyonce’ stole the BET AWARDS 12 Best Female R&B Artist of Year Awards some will say from contenders like Marsha Ambrosius, Melanie Fiona, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna who all had mega hits. Marsha Ambrosius Late Nights & Early Mornings was a steamy melter on RnB radio lending to an unapologetic female version of Prince’s sound and as RnB as it gets.
The Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige 24/8 is the kind of hit that solidifies the mainstay power of R&B and gravitates female listeners who can relate to every song from this artist. Her collab with Rick Ross on the Why track clearly brings back her sound to the day she arrived on the RnB scene.
Melanie Fiona clearly has arrived as a mainstay voice in R&B , but was duped by award shows with her mega ballad, It Kills Me, so she added a more pop edge feel to her current album which is by far her best work overall, but still was beat out of a BET award again this year by Queen Bee.
Rihanna boasts the number one downloaded album on YOUTUBE for numerous hit after hit, but was blind-sided for possibly not being at the BET AWARDS which viewers did felt the international star’s absence and being that you hear Rihanna daily on the radio stations. Her maga hit, Where Have You Been transcends R&B on a whole new level setting the standard for nearly every female singer and style most imitated from singers like Willow Smith to Nicki MInaj. Rihanna’s sound rules the dance floor.
However, it is clear that Beyonce’s appearance was the most anticipated. Some speculated she would bring BLUE IVY on stage, but the singer did not give in to her fans expectations and rather sat back and enjoyed the show, also lending head nods and approval to the artists which made for a classic “ROYAL BEE” presence.
There was something warm and ingratiating about Beyonce’s presence who has been singing since youth and has traveled the distance in her career many artists, especially female artists might give up. Not that Beyonce’ should not have won the award for boasting the hottest R&B single for Party, but if her competition could not snag an award from the ‘beehive’ than who can and whoever will?
You would think the award was politically issued being that she came out to attend the BET AWARDS 2012 saving the shame of the show for its lack luster record of no shows every other year, but not only did Beyonce’s presence bring back prestige to the BET AWARDS 2012 but she clearly won with the BEST R&B song. Maybe she should have been honored so the other ladies who worked so hard could have stole away some momentum to stay in the game.
Just a few years ago,Brandy, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson, Lauryn Hill, Mya, Kelly Rowland and Amerie were contenders. Beyonce’ seems to have gone more pop than anything else, but at least her only R&B hit off her last album was formidable enough to save R&B on the radio. Already the historic 98.7KissFm left the radio airwaves and WBLS 107.5Fm is the only R&B station left in New York. If Beyonce’ leaves R&B can any of her contenders keep it alive on the radio alone is why no one should be mad that Beyonce’ got a Best Female R&B Award. be proud of our Queen Bee.