People who love, respect, and support the Urban Alternative genre.
United States of America

Inspired by India Aries’ boycott of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, I invite all of you to sign this petition in support of an Urban Alternative nomination category. Since earning its trade name in the late 1990’s by Kedar Massenburg of Motown Records, Neo-soul has evolved into a world renowned musical genre. But Neo-soul will not be respected as a genre, so Urban Alternative is the answer for the independent category.

Considering it’s longevity as a recognizable art form, to the record labels who endorse the artists and their work, and its fans, I deem it is necessary to take a stand and “petition for a remedy” for this far too long, over looked musical forum. The petition is not intended to bash the Grammy’s or any other award show for any bias opinionating; it’s simply an attention grabbing method to justify the importance of Nu-soul artists and their music. Whether it’s referred to as R&B Soul, Neo-Soul, Nu-Soul, Urban Alternative, Organic Soul, or Contemporary R&B, the entire proverbial award show community should take notice to its significance, and record labels should stress this pressing issue in support of its artists. I’m calling on the support of everyone who has love for Urban Alternative.

There’s strength in numbers… together we can petition for a remedy!

Forever Soul,

Vernard Dorsey (Vdor)


If you have love for Urban Alternative Soul and want the Grammy's to respect the Alternative genre, "stand-up and petition for a remedy!"

Roll call of Urban Alternative’s past and present:

Conya Doss, Dwele, Algebra, Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington, India Arie, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Raheem Devaughn, Robin Thicke, Sy Smith, Natasha Bedingfield, Bilal, D’angelo, Amel Larrieux, Donnie, Angie Stone, Anthony David, Anthony Hamilton, Carmen Rogers, Glenn Lewis, Dionne Farris, Erykah Badu, Groove Theory, Hill St. Soul, Jaguar Wright, Javier, Jazzyfatnastees, John Legend, Kem, Kindred Family Soul, Ledisi, Les Nubian, Lorenzo Owens, Floetry, Lucy Pearl, Maxwell, Mike Phillips, Meshell Ndegeocello, N’Dea Davenport, Rahsaan Patterson, Remy Shand, Rhian Benson, Soulive, Van Hunt, Vivian Green, YahZarah, Goapele, Eric Benet, Vertical Hold, Lucy Pearl, Joi, Raphael Saadiq, Brand New Heavies, Christion’, Chrissete Michelle, Jamiroquai, Lalah Hathaway, Davina, Omar, Don-e, Pru, Alice Smith, Ursala Rucker, Martha Redbone, Res, Choklate, Stephanie McKay, Malina Moye, Emily King, Divine Brown, Aya, Asa, Angela Johnson, Laurnea, N’dambi, Les Nubian, Gaelle, Joy Denalane, Joi, Des'ree, Chuckie Slay, Cassandra Wilson, Dionne Farris, Trina Broussard, Vikter Duplaix, Laura Izibor, Adriana Evans, Liv Warfield, Soul 2 Soul, Loose Ends, Zhane, Havana, Soul:I.D., h2O, Kamara, Marsha Ambrosius, Jesse Boykins III, Amp Fiddler, Deborah Bond, MonicaBlaire, Robert Glasper, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ayah, Maysa, Qunitessence, Jsoul, Yamama'Nym, The Floicist, Zo!, Rogi'ers, Emily King, Slakah the Beatchild, Teri Tobin, Daley, K'Alyn, Don-E & Azure, Chinah Blac and many, many others.

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