Album of the Year

good Kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar

good Kid, m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar

good kid, m.A.A.d city was a game changer. Compton street dreams take on several different forms in K. Dot’s lyrical diary.  

The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake

JT left “Sexy Back” in 2006 and returned this year with a novel brand of futuristic funk cuts, pop staples and piercing ballads.  

Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel

Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel

Love, sex, and heartache, nothing is forbidden inside this chamber of mature slow jams. 

Magna Carta Holy Grail – Jay Z

Magna Carta Holy Grail – Jay Z

Flawless instrumentals commanded by a team of beat masters set up noteworthy 16s from Jay and stellar guest spots.  

Side Effects of You - Fantasia

Side Effects of You - Fantasia

 Fantasia’s third solo album helped the American Idol champ reclaim her voice, juxtaposing vulnerable R&B cuts with examples of sheer perseverance. 

Unapologetic - Rihanna

Unapologetic - Rihanna

Rih Rih bares no regret and begs for no approval here. She merely offers a diverse list of bangers quilted between her edgy croons.