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Urban contemporary album of the year: 'Lemonade' or 'Anti'?

It's the end of the year! And throughout December, we're facing-off the best songs, albums, movies, TV shows, comic books, video games, sports, pro athletes and entertainers of 2016. The "Best of 2016" is chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who and what from 2016 won the year in each category.

"Lemonade" and "Anti" are among the best-selling albums of 2016 and both albums are nominated for a Grammy in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category, but which album mastered the urban contemporary sound? 

And don't forget to check out these other end of year debates:

NBA team of the year: Warriors or Cavs?

Alternative rock album of the year: 'Blackstar' or 'A Moon Shaped Pool'?

Pop vocal album of the year: 'Dangerous Woman' or 'Purpose'?

Adult contemporary album of the year: '25' or 'Illuminate'?

Trap song of the year: 'Black Beatles' or 'Panda'?

Country song of the year: 'H.O.L.Y.' or 'Humble and Kind'?

Rap rock song of the year: 'Heathens' or 'Sucker for Pain'?

Soccer player of the year: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

Sci-fi TV show of the year: 'Stranger Things' or 'Westworld'?

Dance-pop collaboration of the year: 'Cheap Thrills' or 'Side to Side'?

Electro-R&B song of the year: 'Starboy' or 'Pillowtalk'?

EDM song of the year: 'Closer' or 'This Is What You Came For'?

Woke anthem of the year: 'Formation' or 'Don't Touch My Hair'?

Adult contemporary song of the year: 'Love Yourself' or 'Treat You Better'?

Disco-pop song of the year: '24K Magic' or 'Can't Stop the Feeling!'?

Men's tennis player of the year: Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic?

Women's tennis player of the year: Serena Williams or Angelique Kerber?

MLB player of the year: Mike Trout or Bryce Harper?

NFL player of the year: Dak Prescott or Tom Brady?

Dancehall-pop song of the year: 'Work' or 'One Dance'?

NBA player of the year: LeBron James or Steph Curry?

Best animated movie of the year: 'Moana' or 'Zootopia'?

Girl group anthem of the year: 'Shout Out to My Ex' or 'Work from Home'?


Both Rolling Stone and Billboard named "Lemonade" the best album of 2016. Many fans and critics agree. 

Beyoncé scored her sixth consecutive #1 album with "Lemonade." She has never been more creative (and that's saying a lot because she's a visionary) and she has never been more personal. "Lemonade" gave us a glimpse into Beyoncé's relationship with husband Jay-Z and she created a masterpiece that many folks across generations and color lines can enjoy. 

And let's not forget her visually compelling mini-documentary (visual album) that premiered on HBO. Talk. about. making. music. history. 

"Lemonade" is not only the urban contemporary album of 2016 for mixing soul, R&B and southern hip-hop—but it may very well be the album of the year. If anything's for sure, "Lemonade" will stand the test of time. How about those lemons?! 🍋🍋🍋


Rihanna outdid herself with the alternative, acclaimed album "Anti." She scored her second #1 album on the Billboard 200. 

If you didn't know it before then you should know it now with "Anti"—Rihanna has mastered mixing alternative R&B, dancehall, soul, hip-hop, rock, dance into one cohesive sound. That's what urban contemporary really is—a blend of crossover R&B and pop sounds. And RiRi is so urban contemporary. 

Rihanna also scored her 14th #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Work"—making her one of the top artists with the most #1 hits. Not only that, but "Needed Me" is also one of the top R&B songs of the year. RiRi can't stop making hits! Rihanna stays right on Bey's tracks, and "Anti" presents some stiff competition for "Lemonade." 

Urban contemporary album of the year: 'Lemonade' or 'Anti'?
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