The Nominees for UB Honors 2017 Are…

Today we announce the nominees for this years UB Honors!

Nominees were chosen from artists whose singles or albums were released between October 2016 to September 2017. The UB Legendary Honors Recipients are SWV.

This year Nicki Minaj leads with six total nominations. While Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, The Weeknd and DJ Khaled follow with five. The hottest new artist in the game Cardi B. received a total of four, as did Migos, Future and SZA.

Other artists who received multiple nods include Solange, Khalid, Leela James, Sevyn, Stokley and Remy Ma.

Online fans will be able to start voting this Friday and the winners will be announced December 4th. Along with our presentation to our legendary honorees SWV, who are celebrating 25 years.

Full List of UB Honors 2017 Nominations!

Best R&B Female Artist
Sevyn Streeter
Leela James
Mary J. Blige

Best R&B Male Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd

Best Rap Artist
Remy Ma
Nicki Minaj
Cardi B.

Best New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Cardi B.

Best R&B Ballad of The Year
When We – Tank
Tru – Lloyd
The Weekend – SZA
True Colors – The Weeknd
Before I Do – Sevyn Streeter

Best R&B Single of The Year
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Cranes In The Sky – Solange
Location – Khalid
Love Me Now – John Legend
So I Can Have You Back – JOE

Best Hip-Hop Single of The Year
The Story of OJ – JAY-Z
Selfish – Future feat. Rihanna
Bodak Yellow – Cardi B.
Rake It Up – Yo Gotti feat. Nicki Minaj
Bad & Boujee – Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

Best Dance/Club Single of The Year
Party – Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Gucci Mane
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
I Think Of You – Jeremih feat. Chris Brown & Big Sean
Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
Distraction – Kehlani

Best Mid-tempo Single of The Year
Don’t Want You Back – Leela James
Insecure – Jazmine Sullivan X Bryson Tiller
Do Re Mi – blackbear feat. Gucci Mane
Cranes In The Sky – Solange
Losin Control – Russ

Hottest Collaboration Single of The Year
Do You Mind – DJ Khaled Featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future & Rick Ross
Love Yourself – Mary J. Blige feat. Kanye West
Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
No Frauds – Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne

Best Artist Return Single
Real One – Chante’ Moore
Level – Stokley (of Mint Condition)
Blasphemy – Adina Howard feat. King Gas
Nobody Else But You – Trey Songz
When We – Tank

Best Video of The Year
Nobody Else But You – Trey Songz
Bodak Yellow – Cardi B.
Do Re Mi – blackbear feat. Gucci Mane
Rake It Up – Yo Gotti Featuring Nicki Minaj
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

Producer of The Year
Pop & Oak
No I.D
DJ Khaled
Noah ’40’ Shebib
Mike WiLL Made It

Best Independent R&B Album Release
Did It For Love – Leela James
Ctrl – SZA
Resurrection – Adina Howard
Gale & The Storm (soundtrack) – Karyn White

Best R&B Album of The Year
Starboy – The Weeknd
Girl Disrupted – Sevyn Streeter
Stokley – Introducing Stokley
Seat At The Table – Solange
Bluebird of Happiness – Tamar Braxton

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album of The Year
Migos – C U L T U R E
Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me
Future – Future
Fat Joe & Remy Ma – Plata O Plomo
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Best Gospel Artist of The Year
Marvin Sapp
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tye Tribbett
Tamela Mann
Earnest Pugh

Most Anticipated Album for 2018
Kelly Rowland
August Alsina

Artist of The Year
Chris Brown
DJ Khaled
Bruno Mars
The Weeknd
Nicki Minaj


  1. Adina Howard for both: Best Independent R&B Album Release (Resurrection) & Best Artist Return Single (Blasphemy)

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