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The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked 

Jovaughn Brown
Updated June 28, 2020 3.2k votes 373 voters 11.2k views 51 items

List Rules Only female solo artists releasing new music in 2020.

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Here are the best female R&B singers of 2020, ranked by fans everywhere. Only including artists releasing new music, this list of current female R&B singers features new artists and rising stars, like Summer Walker and Ella Mai, as well as famous singers, like Alicia Keys, Lizzo, H.E.R., and Janelle Monae. Who are the top female R&B solo artists of 2020?

Vote up the best women of R&B in 2020, and add any popular artists missing from the list.

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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Toni Michelle Braxton (born October 7, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. In the late 1980s she began ...more

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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), known professionally by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born into a musical family in McComb, ...more

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H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Gabriella 'Gabi' Wilson (born June 27, 1997), better known by her stage name H.E.R. (acronym for "Having Everything Revealed") is an American singer-songwriter from Vallejo, ...more
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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing competitions as a ...more

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Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, better known as Jhené Aiko or simply Jhené, is an American singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began her career appearing ...more

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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer, signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial ...more

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Teyana Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Teyana Me Shay Jacqueli Taylor (born December 10, 1990) is an American singer, actress, dancer, and model from Harlem, New York City. In 2005, Taylor signed a record deal with American musician ...more

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#57 of 61 The Best New Female Artists #56 of 59 The Best Singers Who Kind Of Mumble #19 of 46 The Best R&B Artists Of 2020, Ranked

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Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Ella Mai Howell (born November 3, 1994) is an English singer and songwriter. She is signed to DJ Mustard's label 10 Summers Records and has released three extended plays. Her most recent EP, ...more

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Normani is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996), recording mononymously as Normani, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, she ...more

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age ...more

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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Summer Walker (born April 11, 1996) is an American singer, songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. She is signed to LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. Her debut studio album Last Day of Summer ...more

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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Jorja Smith (born June 11, 1997) is an English singer from Walsall, West Midlands. She has independently released numerous singles and one extended play, Project 11 (2016), and is known for her ...more

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, ...more

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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Mary Jane Blige (; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist. Her career began in 1989 when she signed to Uptown Records, becoming the youngest and ...more

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Ari Lennox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Ari Lennox
Courtney Shanade Salter (born March 26, 1991), better known by her stage name Ari Lennox, is an American singer and songwriter from Washington, D.C. She is signed to J. Cole's record label, ...more
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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Janelle Monáe Robinson (; born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, and producer who is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as her own imprint, the ...more

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SZA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
SZA
Solana Rowe (born November 8, 1990), better known by her stage name SZA, is an American singer-songwriter. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, later relocating to Maplewood, New Jersey. In ...more

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Jazmine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Jazmine Marie Sullivan is an American singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut album, Fearless, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified gold ...more

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Tinashe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe (; born February 6, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and actress. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Tinashe moved to Los Angeles as a ...more

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Chloe x Halle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
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Chloe x Halle (stylized as CHLOE X HALLE) is an American contemporary R&B duo made up of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey (born July 1, 1998 and March 27, 2000 respectively). Sister duo Chloe ...more

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Ashanti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. She was first discovered as a teenager and later signed to Murder Inc. ...more

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Doja Cat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Amala Zandile Dlamini (born October 21, 1995), known professionally as Doja Cat, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer currently based in Los Angeles. On August 10, ...more

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Leona Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is a British singer, songwriter, actress, model and activist. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington in London, where she attended the ...more

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Monica is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Monica Denise Brown (née Arnold; born October 24, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, she began performing as a ...more

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Keyshia Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Keyshia M. Cole (born October 15, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, producer, and television personality. She was born in Oakland, California. Her career began when she met MC ...more

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