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The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked 

Coley Reed
Updated January 2, 2020 28.1k votes 4.3k voters 107.9k views 50 items

List Rules Only artists releasing new music in 2019.

Dropping some of the hottest smooth jams, here are the best R&B artists of 2019. From rising R&B stars to legends of the genre, this list of the top 2019 R&B artists features some of the most talented singers ever. Who do you think were must-listen R&B artists in 2019? What names have the most exciting upcoming albums?

After a stellar 2018, Grammy-winner H.E.R. released her debut studio album in 2019, with three music videos to boot. Meanwhile, up and coming English singer Ella Mai still has momentum from her number one hits "Boo'd Up" and "Trip." Other good R&B artists include Daniel Caesar, 6LACK, Jorja Smith, and Normani, all of whom achieved popular (and well-deserved) exposure this year.

Vote up the current R&B artists who are dominating the charts in 2019, and add your favorites if they deserve to be on this list. 

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The Weeknd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer.He has won three Grammy Awards, eight Billboard ...more

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H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 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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SZA is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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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6LACK is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 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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Khalid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 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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Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 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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Daniel Caesar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 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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Bryson Tiller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Bryson Djuan Tiller (born January 2, 1993), is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. Tiller initially gained notable recognition following the release of his debut single, ...more

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Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 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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Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 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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Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 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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Miguel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Miguel Jontel Pimentel (born October 23, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Raised in San Pedro, California, he began pursuing a music career at age thirteen. After ...more
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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, 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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Usher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the ...more

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Trey Songz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Tremaine Aldon Neverson (born November 28, 1984), known professionally as Trey Songz, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was released ...more

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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend's debut ...more

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Jeremih is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Jeremy P. Felton (born July 17, 1987), better known by his stage name Jeremih (pronunciation: , jeh-ruh-MY), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. In 2009, he signed a ...more

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Tory Lanez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Daystar Peterson (born July 27, 1992), better known by his stage name Tory Lanez, is a Canadian rapper and singer. He received major recognition from the mixtape Lost Cause (2014) and the ...more
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Ty Dolla $ign is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Tyrone William Griffin Jr. (born April 13, 1985), known professionally as Ty Dolla Sign (stylized as Ty Dolla $ign or Ty$), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. He ...more

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Normani is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 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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Jorja Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 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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Jacquees is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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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Anderson .Paak is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Brandon Paak Anderson (born February 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Anderson Paak, is an American musician and record producer from Oxnard, California. He released his debut album, ...more

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Ari Lennox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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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Queen Naija is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, 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