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The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked 

Jovaughn Brown
Updated March 16, 2020 753 votes 71 voters 1.2k views 50 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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H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 2 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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#11 of 60 The Best New Female Artists #1,135 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Kehlani Albums, Ranked

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#5 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #31 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years The Best Songs Feat. Alicia Keys

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SZA is listed (or ranked) 4 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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#368 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #8 of 60 The Best New Female Artists The Best Artists To Listen To If You Like SZA

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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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#596 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #13 of 25 The Best Contemporary Asian American Musicians The Best Songs Feat. Jhene Aiko

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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Queen Naija is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Queen Naija (born October 17, 1995), known professionally as Queen Naija, is an American singer and songwriter. In December, she self-released the song "Medicine". She was an unsigned ...more
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Brandy Norwood is listed (or ranked) 8 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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#214 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #214 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever Whatever Happened to Brandy?

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Teyana Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Lizzo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Melissa Jefferson (born April 27, 1988), better known by her stage name Lizzo, is an American alternative hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a founding member of indie hip ...more

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#9 of 119 Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #19 of 94 The Most Influential Women of 2019 The Best Lizzo Songs, Ranked

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JoJo is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 12 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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#67 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #1,472 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Toni Braxton Songs

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Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Tinashe is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 15 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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#4 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #148 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Mariah Carey Songs of All Time

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Normani is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Jazmine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Monica is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Doja Cat is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Mary J. Blige is listed (or ranked) 21 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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#203 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #281 of 2,175 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time The Best Mary J. Blige Albums of All Time

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Keyshia Cole is listed (or ranked) 22 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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#656 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #301 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever The Best Keyshia Cole Albums, Ranked

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Ari Lennox is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Cheri Dennis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female R&B Singers Of 2020, Ranked
Cheri Dennis (born August 7, 1979), is an American R&B singer from Cleveland, Ohio.

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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 25 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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