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Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

The Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal was awarded between 1970 and 2011. From 1967 to 1969 and in 1971 the award included instrumental performances. The award had several minor name changes:

  • From 1967 to 1968 the award was known as Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental

  • In 1969 it was awarded as Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental

  • In 1970 it was awarded as Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

  • In 1971 it was awarded as Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, Vocal or Instrumental

  • In 1972 it was awarded as Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group

  • From 1973 to 1980 it was awarded as Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus

  • From 1981 to 2003 it was awarded as Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

  • In 2004 it was awarded as Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

The award has been discontinued after 2011 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. As of 2012, all solo and duo/group vocal performances in the R&B category were shifted to the newly formed Best R&B Performance category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for music released in the previous year.


  • Grammy Awards of 2011 Soldier of Love Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller for "Love"** Chris Brown & Tank for "Take My Time"** Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin for "You've Got a Friend"** John Legend & The Roots for "Shine"**

  • Grammy Awards of 2010 Blame It India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild for "Chocolate High" Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige for "IfULeave" Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters for "Higher Ground" Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby for "Love Has Finally Come at Last"



  • Grammy Awards of 2009 Al Green and John Legend for "Stay with Me (By the Sea)" Boyz II Men for "Ribbon in the Sky" Anthony David and India.Arie for "Words" Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia Barrino for "I'm His Only Woman" Raphael Saadiq, Stevie Wonder and CJ Hilton for "Never Give You Up"

  • Grammy Awards of 2008 Chaka Khan and Mary J. Blige for "Disrespectful" R. Kelly and Usher for "Same Girl" Rihanna and Ne-Yo for "Hate That I Love You" Angie Stone and Betty Wright for "Baby" T-Pain and Akon for "Bartender"

  • Grammy Awards of 2007 John Legend, Joss Stone and Van Hunt for "Family Affair" George Benson & Al Jarreau for "Breezin" Jamie Foxx & Mary J. Blige for "Love Changes" Chaka Khan, Carl Thomas, Yolanda Adams & Gerald Levert for "Family Reunion" Prince & Támar for "Beautiful, Loved & Blessed"

  • Grammy Awards of 2006 Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder for "So Amazing" Destiny's Child for "Cater 2 U" Stevie Wonder & Aisha Morris for "How Will I Know" Alicia Keys featuring Jermaine Paul for "If This World Were Mine" John Legend & Lauryn Hill for "So High"

  • Grammy Awards of 2005 Usher and Alicia Keys for "My Boo" Destiny's Child for "Lose My Breath" Floetry for "Say Yes" Alicia Keys featuring Tony! Toni! Toné! for "Diary" Earth, Wind & Fire & Raphael Saadiq for "Show Me the Way"

  • Grammy Awards of 2004 Beyoncé and Luther Vandross for "The Closer I Get to You" Floetry for "Say Yes" TLC for "Hands Up" Roy Hargrove & D'Angelo for "I'll Stay" The Isley Brothers & JS for "Busted" Stanley Clarke featuring Amel Larrieux and Glenn Lewis for "Where Is the Love"

  • Grammy Awards of 2003 Stevie Wonder and Take 6 for "Love's in Need of Love Today" TLC for "Girl Talk" Angie Stone & Joe for "More Than a Woman" Kenny G & Brian McKnight for "All the Way" Nivea, Brian Casey & Brandon Casey for "Don't Mess With My Man"

  • Grammy Awards of 2002 Destiny's Child for "Survivor" City High for "What Would You Do?" 112 for "Peaches & Cream" The Isley Brothers for "Contagious" Faith Evans & Carl Thomas for "Can't Believe"

  • Grammy Awards of 2001 Destiny's Child for "Say My Name" Boyz II Men for "Pass You By" Wyclef Jean & Mary J. Blige for "911" Lucy Pearl for "Dance Tonight" BeBe Winans, Joe & Brian McKnight for "Coming Back Home"

  • Grammy Awards of 2000 TLC for "No Scrubs" Destiny's Child for "Bills, Bills, Bills" Mary J. Blige & Aretha Franklin for "Don't Waste Your Time" Eric Benet & Tamia for "Spend My Life with You" Whitney Houston, Faith Evans & Kelly Price for "Heartbreak Hotel"


  • Grammy Awards of 1999 Brandy & Monica for "The Boy Is Mine" Kirk Franklin feat. R. Kelly, Crystal Lewis, Mary J. Blige & Bono for "Lean on Me" Lauryn Hill feat. D'Angelo for "Nothing Even Matters" K-Ci & JoJo for "All My Life" The Temptations for "Stay"

  • Grammy Awards of 1998 BLACKstreet for "No Diggity" Az Yet & Peter Cetera for "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" Boyz II Men for "A Song for Mama" God's Property & Salt for "Stomp" Take 6 for "You Don't Have to be Afraid"

  • Grammy Awards of 1997 Fugees for "Killing Me Softly" Luke Cresswell, Charlie Wilson, Fiona Wilkes]], Carl Smith, Fraser Morrison, Evertt Bradley, Yo-Yo, Chaka Khan, Luniz & Shaquille O'Neal for "Stomp" Babyface, Barry White, SWV, Portrait & Tamia for "Slow Jams"[1] En Vogue for "Don't Let Go (Love)" Chaka Khan & Meshell Ndegeocello for "Never Miss the Water"

  • Grammy Awards of 1996 TLC for "Creep" All-4-One "I'm Your Man" Brownstone "If You Love Me" Terence Trent D'Arby & Booker T. & the M.G.'s "A Change Is Gonna Come" Take 6 "All I Need (Is A Chance)"

  • Grammy Awards of 1995 Boyz II Men for "I'll Make Love to You" Sade "Please Send Me Someone To Love" Salt-n-Pepa & En Vogue "Whatta Man" Take 6 "Biggest Part Of Me" BeBe Winans & CeCe Winans "If Anything Ever Happened To You"

  • Grammy Awards of 1994 Sade for "No Ordinary Love" Boyz II Men "Let It Snow" Earth, Wind & Fire "Sunday Morning" En Vogue "Give It Up, Turn It Loose" Tony! Toni! Toné! "Anniversary"

  • Grammy Awards of 1993 Boyz II Men for "End of the Road" Arrested Development "People Everyday" Mariah Carey & Trey Lorenz "I'll Be There" En Vogue "Funky Divas" Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson "The Best Things in Life Are Free"

  • Grammy Awards of 1992 Boyz II Men for "Cooleyhighharmony" Color Me Badd "I Wanna Sex You Up" Aretha Franklin & Luther Vandross "Doctor's Orders" Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle & Dionne Warwick "Superwoman" Prince & The NPG "Gett Off"

  • Grammy Awards of 1991 Ray Charles & Chaka Khan for "I'll Be Good to You" After 7 "Can't Stop" Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge & Barry White "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" En Vogue "Born To Sing" Was (Not Was) "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"

  • Grammy Awards of 1990 Soul II Soul & Caron Wheeler for "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" Aretha Franklin & James Brown "Gimme Your Love" Aretha Franklin & Whitney Houston "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" Deniece Williams & Natalie Cole "We Sing Praises" BeBe & CeCe Winans "Celebrate New Life"


  • Grammy Awards of 1989 Gladys Knight & the Pips for "Love Overboard" Robert Cray "Acting This Way" Experience Unlimited "Da Butt" New Edition "If It Isn't Love" Jets "Rocket 2 U"

  • Grammy Awards of 1988 Aretha Franklin & George Michael for "I Knew You Were Waiting" LeVert "Casanova" Club Nouveau "Lean On Me" The Whispers "Rock Steady" Prince, Sheena Easton "U Got the Look"

  • Grammy Awards of 1987 Prince & The Revolution for "Kiss" Sade "Promise" Run–D.M.C. "Raising Hell" Ashford & Simpson "Real Love" Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew "The Super Bowl Shuffle" Cameo "Word Up!

  • Grammy Awards of 1986 Commodores for "Nightshift" The Pointer Sisters "Contact" Eurythmics, Aretha Franklin "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" Ashford & Simpson "Solid" Daryl Hall, John Oates, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks "The Way You Do the Things You Do/My Girl"

  • Grammy Awards of 1985 James Ingram & Michael McDonald for "Yah Mo B There" Shalamar "Dancing In The Sheets" Kashif, Al Jarreau "Edgartown Groove" Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)" Joyce Kennedy, Jeffrey Osborne "The Last Time I Made Love"

  • Grammy Awards of 1984 Rufus & Chaka Khan for "Ain't Nobody" Shalamar "Dead Giveaway" Earth, Wind & Fire "Fall in Love with Me" DeBarge "In a Special Way" The Weather Girls "It's Raining Men"

  • Grammy Awards of 1983 The Dazz Band for "Let It Whip"(TIE) Earth, Wind & Fire for "Wanna Be With You"(TIE) Tavares "A Penny for Your Thoughts" The Crusaders with B.B. King, Josie James "Street Life" Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder "What's That You're Doing?"

  • Grammy Awards of 1982 Quincy Jones for "The Dude" The Pointer Sisters "Black and White" Commodores "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" Earth Wind & Fire "Let's Groove" Stanley Clarke, George Duke "The Clarke/Duke Project"

  • Grammy Awards of 1981 The Manhattans for "Shining Star" Gladys Knight & the Pips "About Love" Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway "Back Together Again" The Spinners "Cupid / I've Loved You For A Long Time" Commodores "Heroes" Jacksons "Triumph"

  • Grammy Awards of 1980 Earth, Wind & Fire for "After the Love Has Gone" McFadden & Whitehead "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" Commodores "Midnight Magic" Peaches & Herb "Reunited" Sister Sledge "We Are Family"


  • Grammy Awards of 1979**** Earth, Wind & Fire for "All 'N All" A Taste of Honey for "Boogie Oogie Oogie" Diana Ross and Michael Jackson for "Ease on Down the Road" Commodores for "Natural High" The O'Jays for "Use ta Be My Girl"

  • Grammy Awards of 1978 The Emotions for "Best of My Love" Rufus featuring Chaka Khan for "Ask Rufus" Gladys Knight & the Pips for "Baby Don't Change Your Mind" Heatwave for "Boogie Nights" Commodores for "Easy"

  • Grammy Awards of 1977 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. for "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" KC and the Sunshine Band for "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" Earth, Wind & Fire for "Gratitude" Wild Cherry for "Play That Funky Music" The Spinners for "The Rubberband Man"

  • Grammy Awards of 1976 Earth, Wind & Fire for "Shining Star" Average White Band for "Cut the Cake" Ohio Players for "Fire" KC and the Sunshine Band for "Get Down Tonight" The Pointer Sisters for "How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)"

  • Grammy Awards of 1975 Rufus for "Tell Me Something Good" The Jackson 5 for "Dancing Machine" The O'Jays for "For the Love of Money" Gladys Knight & the Pips for "I Feel a Song (In My Heart)" The Spinners for "Mighty Love"

  • Grammy Awards of 1974 Gladys Knight & the Pips for "Midnight Train to Georgia" The Staple Singers for "Be What You Are" The Spinners for "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" The O'Jays for "Love Train" War for "Cisco Kid"

  • Grammy Awards of 1973 The Temptations for "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" The Spinners" for "I'll Be Around The Staple Singers for "I'll Take You There" Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes for "If You Don't Know Me by Now" Gladys Knight & The Pips for "Help Me Make It Through the Night"

  • Grammy Awards of 1972 Ike & Tina Turner for "Proud Mary" Gladys Knight & the Pips for "If I Were Your Woman" The Staple Singers for "Respect Yourself" Isaac Hayes for "Theme from Shaft" Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway for "You've Got a Friend"

  • Grammy Awards of 1971 The Delfonics for "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" The Presidents for "5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love)" Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band for "Express Yourself" Four Tops for "It's All in the Game" 100 Proof (Aged in Soul) for "Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed"

  • Grammy Awards of 1970 The Isley Brothers for "It's Your Thing" Mel and Tim for "Backfield in Motion" The Winstons for "Color Him Father" Gladys Knight & the Pips for "Friendship Train" Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson for "Soulshake"


  • Grammy Awards of 1969 The Temptations for "Cloud Nine" Sam & Dave for "I Thank You" Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson for "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries" Sweet Inspirations for "Sweet Inspiration (Sweet Inspirations song)" Archie Bell & the Drells for "Tighten Up"

  • Grammy Awards of 1968 Sam & Dave for "Soul Man" Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell for "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Booker T. & the M.G.'s for Hip Hug-Her" Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for "I Second That Emotion" Carla Thomas and Otis Redding forKing & Queen**

  • Grammy Awards of 1967 Ramsey Lewis for "Hold It Right There" The Capitols for "Cool Jerk" Sam & Dave for "Hold On, I'm A Comin'" James & Bobby Purify for "I'm Your Puppet" King Curtis for "Spanish Harlem"

Category Records

  • Most Wins

ArtistEarth, Wind & Fire
Chaka Khan
Boyz II Men
The Temptations
Gladys Knight & the Pips
Destiny's Child
John Legend
Total Wins4 wins3 wins2 wins
  • Most Nominations

ArtistEarth, Wind & Fire
Gladys Knight & the PipsChaka Khan
Boyz II Men
Aretha Franklin
Mary J. Blige
The Commodores
Dawn Robinson
En Vogue
Stevie Wonder
Destiny's Child
Raphael Saddiq
Total Wins9 nominations8 nominations7 nominations6 nominations5 nominations


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