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The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked

Updated July 22, 2019 636 votes 79 voters26 items

List RulesOnly artists with less than three albums.

The best new R&B artists of 2019 are taking the genre to another level. Behind some of the hottest songs in 2019, this ranked list of new R&B artists features some familiar faces, like Khalid and Ella Mai, and some artists you've probably never heard of, like Elujay and Summer Walker.

Kehlani is another of the best new R&B artists, along with Jorja Smith and SZA. Other up and coming R&B artists include H.E.R. and Normani, who is pursuing a solo career now, after being a part of girl group Fifth Harmony. If feel the best current R&B artists aren't represented on the list, don't forget to add them. Can your favorites compare to 2019 R&B singers like Summer Walker and Ari Lennox? 

It's your call. Who do you think are the best R&B artists 2019? Vote up the new R&B artists set to make waves in 2019, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list. 

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    H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Gabriella 'Gabi' Wilson (born June 27, 1997), better known by her stage name H.E.R. (acronym... more on Wikipedia
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    6LACK is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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    Ricardo Valdez Valentine (born June 24, 1992), better known by his stage name 6lack (stylized... more on Wikipedia

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    Khalid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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    Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Daniel Caesar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Ashton Simmonds, better known by his stage name Daniel Caesar (born April 5, 1995) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Normani is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996), recording mononymously as Normani, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Summer Walker (born April 11, 1996) is an American singer, songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia.... more on Wikipedia

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    Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jhené is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, better known as Jhené Aiko or simply Jhené, is an American singer... more on Wikipedia

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    SZA is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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    SZA

    Solana Rowe (born November 8, 1990), better known by her stage name SZA, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Jorja Smith (born June 11, 1997) is an English singer from Walsall, West Midlands. She has... more on Wikipedia

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    Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Ella Mai Howell (born November 3, 1994) is an English singer and songwriter. She is signed to... more on Wikipedia

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    dvsn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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    Dvsn (stylized as dvsn and pronounced "division") is a Canadian R&B duo, composed of Daniel... more on Wikipedia
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    Pink Sweat$ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Pink Sweats (stylized Pink Sweat$), is an American singer and songwriter from Philadelphia,... more on Wikipedia

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    Lucky Daye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    David Debrandon Brown, better known by his stage name Lucky Daye, is an American singer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Ari Lennox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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    Ari Lennox

    Courtney Shanade Salter (born March 26, 1991), better known by her stage name Ari Lennox, is... more on Wikipedia
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    Sabrina Claudio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Sabrina Claudio (born September 19, 1996) is an American singer and songwriter. In late 2016,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jacquees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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    Jacquees

    Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax (born April 15, 1994), commonly known as Jacquees, is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Kali Uchis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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    Kali Uchis

    Karly-Marina Loaiza (born July 17, 1994), better known as her stage name Kali Uchis, is a... more on Wikipedia

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    QUIN is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Bianca Leonor Quinonez (born October 29, 1997), better known as Quin, is a R&B singer. She... more on Wikipedia
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    Mahalia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Mahalia Burkmar, better known by the stage name Mahalia, is an English singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
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    Leven Kali is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Leven Kali is a singer-songwriter from Santa Monica, California. He is best known for his... more on Wikipedia
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    Zhavia Ward is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Carisa Zhavia Ward (born March 6, 2001), known professionally as Zhavia Ward, is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Tessa Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Tessa Lynn Thompson (born October 3, 1983) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Her... more on Wikipedia

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    Elujay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    Lacy McGrady, better known as Elujay, is a R&B singer, producer, and songwriter from Oakland,... more on Wikipedia
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    August 08 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
    August Grant, better known by his stage name August 08, is an American singer-songwriter under... more on Wikipedia
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