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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. 

  • H.E.R.1
    Gabriella 'Gabi' Wilson (born June 27, 1997), better known by her stage name H.E.R. (acronym... more on Wikipedia
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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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  • Khalid3
    Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • Daniel Caesar4
    Ashton Simmonds, better known by his stage name Daniel Caesar (born April 5, 1995) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Normani5
    Normani Kordei Hamilton (born May 31, 1996), recording mononymously as Normani, is an American... more on Wikipedia

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    Summer Marjani Walker (born April 11, 1996) is an American singer-songwriter. She is signed to... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kehlani7
    Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jhené8
    Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo, better known as Jhené Aiko or simply Jhené, is an American singer... more on Wikipedia

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  • SZA9


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


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  • Jorja Smith10
    Jorja Smith (born June 11, 1997) is an English singer from Walsall, West Midlands. She has... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ella Mai11
    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 (stylized as dvsn and pronounced "division") is a Canadian R&B duo, composed of Daniel... more on Wikipedia
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    Pink Sweats (stylized Pink Sweat$), is an American singer and songwriter from Philadelphia,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lucky Daye14
    David Debrandon Brown, better known by his stage name Lucky Daye, is an American singer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Ari Lennox15

    Ari Lennox

    Courtney Shanade Salter (born March 26, 1991), better known by her stage name Ari Lennox, is... more on Wikipedia
  • Sabrina Claudio16
    Sabrina Claudio (born September 19, 1996) is an American singer and songwriter. In late 2016,... more on Wikipedia

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    Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax (born April 15, 1994), commonly known as Jacquees, is an American... more on Wikipedia
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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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  • QUIN19
    Bianca Leonor Quinonez (born October 29, 1997), better known as Quin, is a R&B singer. She... more on Wikipedia
  • Mahalia20
    Mahalia Burkmar, better known by the stage name Mahalia, is an English singer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
  • Leven Kali21
    Leven Kali is a singer-songwriter from Santa Monica, California. He is best known for his... more on Wikipedia
  • Zhavia Ward22
    Carisa Zhavia Ward (born March 6, 2001), known professionally as Zhavia Ward, is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • Tessa Thompson23
    Tessa Lynn Thompson (born October 3, 1983) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Her... more on Wikipedia

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  • Elujay24
    Lacy McGrady, better known as Elujay, is a R&B singer, producer, and songwriter from Oakland,... more on Wikipedia
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    August Grant, better known by his stage name August 08, is an American singer-songwriter under... more on Wikipedia