*Lalah Hathaway became the first R&B artist ever to win the most consecutive Grammy Awards three years straight. But no one is talking about this incredible feat because… she’s not Beyonce.
This year she won two Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album for her Lalah Hathaway: Live album and Best Traditional R&B Performance for her cover of Anita Baker’s “Angel” on that same album.
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The daughter of the late, great Donny Hathaway previously won Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Jesus Children” with Robert Glasper Experiment & Malcolm-Jamal Warner in 2015 and Best R&B Performance for “Something” with Snarky Puppy in 2014, per iloveoldschoolmusic.com.
The site notes two reasons why most people don’t know that Lalah has made history:
1. Mainstream R&B music is currently on life support and has been so for several years now. We highlight the word ‘mainstream’ because there are many exceptional R&B artists out there -new and old- but you won’t be hearing them in mainstream media since they aren’t getting the push from corporate media giants.
2. The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) doesn’t view R&B as a viable enough genre to have most of it’s R&B categories make it onto the ‘big stage’ come live TV broadcast time. Therefore, the R&B categories that Lalah won were not televised on the Grammy Awards live broadcast. However, for the small amount of people who knew about it- they were able to watch a live stream of the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on Grammys.com. That was the pre-Grammy Awards ceremony where Lalah and others accepted their awards. But again, it would have been great if more of the general population actually knew that the live stream existed though.