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The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked  

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List Rules Only 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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Normani is listed (or ranked) 1 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 singer, songwriter and dancer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, she ...more
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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Khalid Donnel Robinson (born February 11, 1998), known mononymously as Khalid, is an American singer and songwriter. His debut single, "Location", was released in July 2016, and his ...more
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H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 3 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 for "Having Everything Revealed") is an American singer-songwriter from Vallejo, ...more
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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 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 independently released numerous singles and one extended play, Project 11 (2016), and is known for her ...more
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6lack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Ricardo Valdez Valentine (born June 24, 1992), better known by his stage name 6lack (stylized as 6LACK and pronounced "black”), is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper from Atlanta, ...more
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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 6 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, signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial ...more
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Daniel Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Canadian R&B and soul singer-songwriter. After independently building a following through the release ...more
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SZA is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Solana Rowe, 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 October 2012, Rowe ...more
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Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 9 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 DJ Mustard's label 10 Summers Records and has released three extended plays. Her most recent EP, ...more
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Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 10 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 and songwriter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began her career appearing ...more
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Lucky Daye is listed (or ranked) 11 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 songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is signed to the RCA joint venture label Keep Cool and ...more
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Pink Sweat$ is listed (or ranked) 12 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, Pennsylvania. He is managed by Thrice Cooked Media. He released his first EP Volume 1 on November 2, ...more
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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 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. She is signed to LoveRenaissance and Interscope Records. Her debut studio album Last Day of Summer ...more
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dvsn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Dvsn (stylized as dvsn and pronounced "division") is a Canadian R&B duo, composed of Daniel Daley and Nineteen85. The duo is signed to OVO Sound. On May 5, 2017, dvsn released ...more
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Ari Lennox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, 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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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, Claudio uploaded several songs to SoundCloud, before compiling a select collection as part of her ...more
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Kali Uchis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Karly-Marina Loaiza (born July 17, 1994), better known as her stage name Kali Uchis, is a Colombian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and fashion designer. In ...more
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QUIN is listed (or ranked) 18 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 released her debut album Galactica in October 2016 and her sophomore EP Dreamgirl in September ...more
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Mahalia is listed (or ranked) 19 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 actress, based in Birmingham. Mahalia has released a couple of EPs and an album, Diary Of Me (2016). ...more
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Leven Kali is listed (or ranked) 20 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 songs "Do U Wrong" and "Too High." In 2017, he was featured on Playboi Carti's song
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Zhavia Ward is listed (or ranked) 21 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 singer and songwriter from Monrovia, California. She previously attended Norwalk High School. She ...more
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Jacquees is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Jacquees
Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax (born April 15, 1994), commonly known as Jacquees, is an American R&B producer, director, ghostwriter, and songwriter-singer from Augusta and Decatur, Georgia. In ...more
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Elujay is listed (or ranked) 23 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, California.
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Tessa Thompson is listed (or ranked) 24 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 breakout role was in Tina Mabry's 2009 independent film Mississippi Damned. She gained further ...more
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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 Red Bull Records and 88rising. He is best known for being featured on the 2018 song "Midsummer ...more