Tank’s tweet
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Tank was not a happy camper Sunday night while watching the 2015 American Music Awards on ABC.

He hopped on Twitter and blasted the AMAs—Kanye style—for not nominating Tyrese in the Favorite Male Artist—Soul/R&B category. 

https://twitter.com/TheRealTank/status/668603205635465216

He questioned the premise of the entire category, asking, "What's soul R&B?" since the Weeknd walked away with the award. The other two people nominated in the category were Chris Brown and Trey Songz. 

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Tank wasn't taking shots at the Weeknd and made clear that he was a fan of the Toronto native's music. But Tank argued that maybe there should be two separate categories honoring R&B music, since the genre has grown to encompass all sorts of sounds that aren't traditional R&B.

https://twitter.com/TheRealTank/status/668610629549301761?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfwhttps://twitter.com/TheRealTank/status/668623234007506945?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

It's an argument that's been percolating in R&B circles for years: whether this new-wave pop sound, in which artists are technically singing but not saaahhnging (à la Sam Cooke or R. Kelly), is truly R&B.

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