Best Songs of 2013, Pt. 3 (Best of the Booth)

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Over the course of the year, we in The DJBooth have kept you supplied with the latest and greatest in hip-hop and R&B. Now, it's time for you to weigh in. In anticipation of our sixth annual Best of the Booth Awards, we're inviting our loyal readers to tell us which artists, albums, mixtapes and DJs stood out in 2013. Using your ratings, feedback, plays, downloads and pageviews, we've assembled a slate of eight front-runners in each of our 19 categories. At the top of 2014, we'll reveal your votes for the year's best, as well the Booth staff's personal picks.

Unlike in previous years, we'll be opening the polls gradually, over the course of this week. Starting Friday, December 6, and continuing on the 9th through the 13th, we'll roll out 2-4 categories daily. Readers will be able to vote on all categories up until noon on Sunday, the 29th, at which point we will tally the final results. Today, we unveil the nominees for Best R&B/Pop Record (Independent), Best R&B/Pop Record (Mainstream), Best Hip Hop Record (Independent) and Best Hip Hop Record (Mainstream). The 2012 reader picks in these categories were (respectively) Tony Williams' "Blazin' High," Frank Ocean's "Pyramids," Rittz's "Walking on Air" and Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)." Read over the ballot below, then make your selections!

Update: The results are now in! Find out who our readers and staff selected as the "Best of the Booth."

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order.

Best R&B/Pop Record (Independent) of 2013:

Allan Rayman - “H.O.H.W
Bad Rabbits - “Doin' It
G-Eazy - “I Don’t Believe You
Heather Victoria - “Summer Day
Hoodie Allen - “Feel the Love
JMSN - “Walk Away
Nylo - “Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Wanz - "Tell Me One More Time"

Best R&B/Pop Record (Mainstream) of 2013:

Bruno Mars - “Treasure
Drake - “Hold On, We're Going Home
Drake - “The Motion ft. Sampha”
John Legend - “Who Did That to You?
Justin Timberlake - “Suit & Tie” ft. Jay Z
Justin Timberlake - “Mirrors
Rihanna - “Pour It Up
Robin Thicke - “Blurred Lines” ft. T.I. & Pharrell Williams

Best Hip Hop Record (Independent) of 2013:

Chance the Rapper - “Favorite Song ft. Childish Gambino”
Earl Sweatshirt - “Burgundy ft. Vince Staples”
Joey BadA$$ - “Unorthodox
Rapsody - "Lonely Thoughts ft. Chance The Rapper & Big K.R.I.T"
Rittz - “For Real
Run The Jewels - "Banana Clipper"
Tech N9ne - “Fragile ft. ¡MAYDAY! & Kendrick Lamar”
Wax - “We Can’t All Be Heroes

Best Hip Hop Record (Mainstream) of 2013:

Big Sean - “Control ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica”
Drake - “Started From the Bottom
Eminem - “Rap God"
J. Cole - “Cole Summer
Jay Z - “Holy Grail ft. Justin Timberlake”
Kendrick Lamar - “B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe (Remix) ft. Jay-Z”
T.I. - “Memories Back Then ft. Kendrick Lamar & B.o.B”



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