Best R&B Singer (2013)

TeeFlii

The teenager born Christian Jones, a native of South Central, starred in David LaChapelle's documentary about krumping, Rize. Nine years later and now called TeeFlii, he's known for his sensual, playful R&B tracks and he's set to pop as a singer. Los Angeles is filled with R&B superstars — everyone from Frank Ocean to Chris Brown lives here — but TeeFlii has captured the underground by way of his raunchy, endlessly fun "ratchet"-style, which makes no apologies for its debaucherous nature. Pairing with in-demand producer DJ Mustard, TeeFlii's songs sometimes offer a proposition: He's going to love you, it's going to be dirty, and you're going to enjoy it. Most listeners find it hard to resist. teefliii.com. —Ben Westhoff