Best Meek-Voiced Singer: Banks
Whereas some of Banks' recorded material sounds almost too submerged in its production aesthetics, on stage, her sleepy, soulful break-up meditations come to life. Bangers like "This is What It Feels Like" seemed much more formidable in person, and the singer's vibrato was strong while her band played with neo-soul levels of tightness. Even though Aaliyah's legacy has been mined to the point of fatigue, Banks found unlikely success with an "Are You That Somebody?" cover, nailing a chorus that often stumps lesser artists. J.E.S.