20 Best R&B Albums of 2016
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Frank Ocean, Solange and Alicia Keys made some of the best R&B albums of 2016 Josh Brasted/Getty, Jason Merritt/Getty, Gary Gershoff/Getty

As Beyoncé's unprecedented performance at the Country Music Awards showed us, R&B continues to be the heart pumping blood into American music – but the genre has never seen more curious days. Anderson Paak and Dawn Richard expanded into new regions of earth and space; veteran artists like Alicia Keys and Blood Orange joined a new charge that could no longer be apolitical; and King and Childish Gambino blasted bravely into the past. And what better balm for the Worst Year Ever than two releases by the formidable Knowles sisters? Here's the year's best.