VOTE: “UB Honors 2013” – The Best of The Year In Urban Music



UB ANNOUNCEMENT: Our First UB Legendary Honors Recipient is Jody Watley!
Special Honors Feature Monday December 18th!


You can now vote for‘s annual UB Honors, honoring the best of the year in urban music! Votes are submitted and winners determined by our sites visitors! The deadline for voting is December 15th and the winners will be announced on December 16thDecember 18th Due to Preparation for Our Legendary Honor to Jody Watley!

This year Hip-Hop recording artist Kendrick Lamar leads with a total of 9 nominations. Kendrick has had one great year, taking home BET & BET Hip-Hop Awards as well as a Soul Train Award among others. Now online fans have the opportunity to help Mr. Lamar continue his reign, as the biggest urban artist of 2013. Some of the nods Kendrick Lamar received were Best Rap Artist, Hottest Collaboration Single of The Year for “Poetic Justice” feat. Drake, two nods in the Best Hip-Hop Single of The Year category for “Bi*ch Don’t Kill My Vibe” & “Love Game” feat. Eminem, on top of being nominated for Artist of The Year.

Drake, Kelly Rowland and Robin Thicke all received 7 nominations. Some of their nods include Best R&B Female and Male Artist, Best Rap Artist, Best R&B Single of The Year for Kelly’s “Kisses Down Low.” Robin Thicke received a nomination for Best Mid/Up Tempo Single of The Year for “Blurred Lines” feat. T.I. and Pharrell while Drake got nods for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album of The Year for “Nothing Was The Same” and for Best Hip-Hop Single of The Year for “Started from The Bottom.” All three received nominations for Best Video of The Year (Started from The Bottom, Kisses Down Low, Blurred Lines) and Artist of The Year. Other artists with 5 or more nods, were Future who earned 6 nods while Miguel and Tamar Braxton both received 5 nominations.

This year UB Honors made a few changes, adding seven nominations to each category from the previous five and two new categories were added; Best Club/Dance Single of The Year and Mixtape of The Year. Over 80 recording artists received UB Honors this year.

Nominees were chosen from artists whose singles or albums were released between September 2012 to October 2013.

Full List of UB Honors 2013 Nominations!

Best R&B Female Artist
Kelly Rowland
Sevyn Streeter
Janelle Monáe
Tamar Braxton
K. Michelle

Best R&B Male Artist
Chris Brown
Robin Thicke
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Luke James
Mack Wilds

Best R&B Group
Mindless Behavior
Mint Condition
Musiq Soulchild & Syleena Johnson (9 Project)
K-Ci & JoJo
Jake & Papa

Best Rap Artist
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj
2 Chainz
Lil Wayne

Best New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Tamar Braxton
Mack Wilds
K. Michelle
Sevyn Streeter
August Alsina
Tiara Thomas

Best R&B Ballad of The Year
“All of Me” – John Legend
“Love & War” – Tamar Braxton
“Wicked Games” – The Weekend
“Sorry” – Tweet
“Body Party” – Ciara
“Kisses Down Low” – Kelly Rowland
“Sex Ain’t Never Felt Better” – TGT

Best R&B Single of The Year
“Wicked Games” – The Weekend
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
“Brand New Me” – Alicia Keys
“Kisses Down Low” – Kelly Rowland
“I Luv This Sh*t” – August Alsina
“Best Friend” – RaVaughn
“How Many Drinks” – Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar

Best Hip-Hop Single of The Year
“Bad” – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas
“Love Game” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Eminem
“Keep It Trill” – Kirko Bangz
“Honest” – Future
“Started from The Bottom” – Drake
“Bi*ch Don’t Kill My Vibe” – Kendrick Lamar
“R.I.P.” – Young Jeezy feat. 2 Chainz

Best Dance/Club Single of The Year
“Higher” – Deborah Cox feat. Paige
“23” – Mike WiLL Made It feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J
“Nightlife” – Jody Watley
“Switch” – Adina Howard
“Beauty and A Beat” – Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj
“Next To Me” – Emeli Sande’
“Right Now” – Rihanna feat. David Guetta

Best Up/Mid -Tempo Single of The Year
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
“Own It” – Mack Wilds
“How Many Drinks” – Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Pour It Up” – Rihanna
“Bad” – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas
“V.S.O.P.” – K. Michelle
“Karate Chop” – Future feat. Casino

Hottest Collaboration Single of The Year
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
“How Many Drinks” – Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Don’t Think They Know” – Chris Brown feat. Aaliyah
“Feel The Fire” – Musiq Soulchild & Syleena Johnson
“Without Me” – Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott
“Bi*ches Love Me” – Lil Wayne feat. Drake & Future
“Poetic Justice” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

Best Video of The Year
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
“Oh God” – Luke James feat. Hit-Boy
“How Many Drinks” – Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Body Party” – Ciara
“Started from The Bottom” – Drake
“Kisses Down Low” – Kelly Rowland
“Bad” – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas

Producer of The Year
Salaam Remi
Claude Kelly
Sean Garrett
Young Chop
Mike WiLL Made It
Rico Love

Label of The Year
Sony Music
Universal Music

Mixtape of The Year
“This is Me 2” – Jacob Lattimore
“BPM’s The Anti-Mixtape” – Random Ax of Charlie
“The Interview” – T’Melle
“Dedication 5” – Lil Wayne
“Will You Go With Me” – Netta Brielle
“Rockabyebaby” – Cassie
“The Product II” – August Alisina

Best Independent R&B Album Release of 2013
“Stunt B%$@H” – B. Slade
“Forever” – Donell Jones
“Lifeology 101: Back 2 School” – Winston Warrior
“Moore is More” – Chante’ Moore
“My Brothers Keeper” – K-Ci & JoJo
“Famous” – Marques Houston
“Goldenheart” – Dawn Richard

Best Artist Return Album of 2013
“Better” – Chrisette Michele
“Songversation” – India.Arie
“Love, Charlie” – Charlie Wilson
“Ciara” – Ciara
“Appreciation Day” – Jaheim
“A Place Called Loveland” – Raheem DeVaughn
“Electric Lady” – Janelle Monáe

Best R&B Album of The Year
“Rebellious Soul” – K. Michelle
“Talk A Good Game” – Kelly Rowland
“Side Effects of You” – Fantasia
“Love & War” – Tamar Braxton
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke
“3 Kings” – TGT
“Love In The Future” – John Legend

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album of The Year
“No Love Lost” – Joe Budden
“Born Sinner” – J. Cole
“The Gifted” – Wale
“Magna Carta Holy Grail” – Jay-Z
“Yeezus” – Kanye West
“Hall of Fame” – Big Sean
“Nothing Was The Same” – Drake

Best Gospel Artist of The Year
Tye Tribett
Marvin Sapp
Donald Lawrence
Tamela Mann
Deitrick Haddon
Hezekiah Walker

Most Anticipated Album for 2014
Tasha Scott
Lauriana Mae
Mariah Carey
Trey Songz
Luke James

Artist of The Year
Robin Thicke
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton
Justin Timberlake
Kelly Rowland

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  1. Kudos on really giving shine to so many that are usually overlooked. If people just realized just because some artist are not forced down our throats don’t mean they are not just as good or better even then the ones who are. I’m about to vote and I look forward to see who wins the votes.

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