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Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album

This page lists the winners and nominees for the Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album. This category was one of the first created and has been given out since the award's conception in 1990. Only three artists have won this award twice: Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and Usher.


Winners and nomineesEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Album Artist Ref
Rhythm Nation 1814 Janet Jackson [1]
I'm Your Baby Tonight Whitney Houston
Forever My Lady Jodeci
The Bodyguard Whitney Houston [2]
1994–97 N/A
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill
Anytime Brian McKnight
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot DMX
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life Jay Z
400 Degreez Juvenile
Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood DMX
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill
R. R. Kelly


Year Album Artist Ref
2000 N/A
2001 R. Kelly
Aijuswanaseing Musiq
Hot Shot Shaggy
Songs in A Minor Alicia Keys
The Eminem Show Eminem
Ashanti Ashanti
Nellyville Nelly
Word of Mouf Ludacris
2003 N/A
Confessions Usher
The Black Album Jay Z
The College Dropout Kanye West
The Diary of Alicia Keys Alicia Keys
2005 N/A
The Breakthrough Mary J. Blige
In My Own Words Ne-Yo
King T.I.
Unpredictable Jamie Foxx
2007–09 N/A


Year Album Artist Ref
2010 N/A
Raymond V Raymond Usher
Loud Rihanna
Passion, Pain & Pleasure Trey Songz
Soldier of Love Sade
Still Standing Monica
4 Beyoncé [3]
F.A.M.E. Chris Brown
I Remember Me Jennifer Hudson
My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) Mary J. Blige
Talk That Talk Rihanna
Unapologetic Rihanna [4]
Channel Orange Frank Ocean
Fortune Chris Brown
Girl on Fire Alicia Keys
Looking 4 Myself Usher
The 20/20 Experience Justin Timberlake [5]
The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 Justin Timberlake
Beyoncé Beyoncé
Black Panties R. Kelly
Blurred Lines Robin Thicke
G I R L Pharrell Williams [6]
Beyoncé Beyoncé
Love in the Future John Legend
X Chris Brown
Xscape Michael Jackson
Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd [7]
Anti Rihanna
Black Rose Tyrese
Royalty Chris Brown
T R A P S O U L Bryson Tiller
Lemonade Beyoncé [8]
24K Magic Bruno Mars
Anti Rihanna
Blonde Frank Ocean
Starboy The Weeknd
24K Magic Bruno Mars
17 XXXTentacion
American Teen Khalid
Ctrl SZA
Starboy The Weeknd

Multiple wins and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Janet Jackson Wins Eight Honors Including Top R&B Artist, R&B Albums Artist, R&B Singles Artist and Hot 100 Singles Artist". November 27, 1990. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Whitney Houston Attains Eleven Awards at 1993 Billboard Music Awards". UPI. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Adele Wins 12 Gongs at Billboard Music Awards 2012". MTV. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Billboard Music Awards 2013: The Complete Winners List". MTV. May 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Billboard Music Awards: Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. May 18, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "2015 Billboard Music Awards". Variety. May 17, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "2016 Billboard Music Awards". May 22, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Here is the Complete List of Winners from the 2017 Billboard Music Awards".