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Rated R&B turns its spotlight on the 30 best R&B albums of 2021, selected by the editorial team: Keithan Samuels, Antwane Folk, Danielle Brissett, Anders Hare, and Jakori Beauchamp.

Please note: The eligibility period for considered albums began Dec. 1, 2020, and ended Nov. 30, 2021.

Similar to the Recording Academy, for purposes of eligibility, Rated R&B defines an ALBUM as having no less than five (5) different tracks and having a total playing time of no less than 15 minutes. 

  1. Eric Bellinger- New Light
  2. Leela James- See Me
  3. Stokley- Sankofa
  4. Tinashe-333
  5. Pink $weats-Pink Planet
  6. Shelley FKA Dram-Shelley FKA Dram
  7. Kirby- Sis He Wasn’t The One
  8. Serpentwithfeet-Deacon
  9. NAO-And Then Life Was Beautiful
  10. Sevyn Streeter-Drunken Wordz Sober Thoughtz
  11. Anthony Hamilton- Love Is The New Black
  12. Joyce Wrice-Overgrown
  13. Robin Thicke-On Earth and in Heaven
  14. PHABO-Soulquarius
  15. Jojo-Trying Not To Think About It
  16. Norelle-A Story About Love
  17. Van Jess-Homegrown
  18. Summer Walker-Still Over It
  19. Snoh Aalegra-Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies
  20. Lucky Daye-Table For Two
  21. Jam & Lewis-Jam & Lewis Vol.1
  22. Cleo Sol-Mother
  23. Durand Jones & The Indications- Private Space
  24. Silk Sonic-An Evening With Silk Sonic
  25. Dixson-Darling
  26. H.E.R-Back of My Mind
  27. Leon Bridges-Gold Diggers Sound
  28. Gallant-Neptune
  29. The Shindellas- Hits That Stick Like Grits
  30. Jazmine Sullivan-Heaux Tales

Honorable Mention: Alicia Keys-Keys


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