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12 Artists Who Proved R&B Music Is Alive And Well In 2014

You want the groove? You can't HANDLE the groove.

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1. Hiatus Kaiyote

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Their feel: "Multi-Dimensional, Polyrhythmic Gangster Shit," as described on their site.

Why they won in 2014: Their album Choose Your Weapon drops in March 2015. But until then, their EPBy Fire here will definitely blow you away.

2. Jhene Aiko

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Her feel: Catchy, poetic songwriting and a calming voice, makes it the best stuff to cry or smoke to.

Why she won 2014: Her album Souled Out, and her collaborations with Drake on Nothing Was the Same.


5. Tinashe

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Her feel: The multi-talented diva makes the sexiest turn-up music you'll ever encounter with a refreshingly honest and beautifully melodic vocal.

Why she won 2014: Two words: 2 On.

7. SZA

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Her feel: Either she's a siren amongst a spacey, soulful soundscape, or she's singing a spunky hook for one of her label mates' rap songs on Top Dawg Entertainment.

Why she won 2014: The EP she released in July 2014 entitled Z.


9. Banks

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Her feel: Like Sia performing in an underwater vault. A liquid sound massage.

Why she won 2014: After opening for The Weeknd last year, her anticipated and self-assured debut album Goddess came out in September.