2019 The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked  

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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 are must-listen R&B artists in 2019?

Grammy winner H.E.R. is set to release her debut studio album in 2019, while 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.

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 Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian PBR&B singer, songwriter, recording artist, and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to ...more
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425 276
Khalid is listed (or ranked) 2 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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H.E.R. is listed (or ranked) 3 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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412 275
Chris Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Christopher Maurice Brown "Chris" Brown is an American recording artist, dancer, and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and was ...more
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Ella Mai is listed (or ranked) 5 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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310 197
SZA is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 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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232 137
Bryson Tiller is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Jhené Aiko is listed (or ranked) 8 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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227 143
6lack is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more
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187 114
Miguel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Miguel Jontel Pimentel, who performs under the name Miguel, is an American recording artist, singer, songwriter and producer. Signed to Jive Records in 2007, Miguel released his debut album, All ...more
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238 162
Kehlani is listed (or ranked) 12 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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318 239
Normani is listed (or ranked) 13 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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171 113
John Legend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
John Roger Stephens, better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has won nine Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe and one Academy Award. In 2007, ...more
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Queen Naija is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Daniel Caesar is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Usher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Usher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard ...more
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121 90
Trey Songz is listed (or ranked) 18 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, rapper and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was released in 2005 ...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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130 108
Summer Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Post Malone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
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Austin Richard Post (born July 4, 1995), known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He first gained major recognition in ...more
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83 69
Jeremih is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Jeremih Felton, who performs under the mononym Jeremih, is an American recording artist and producer signed to Def Jam. Jeremih's debut single, "Birthday Sex", peaked at number four on ...more
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Ciara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Ciara Princess Harris, known mononymously as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and fashion model. Born in Austin, Texas, she traveled around the world ...more
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Tory Lanez is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R&B Artists Of 2019, Ranked
Janelle Monáe Robinson (born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as her own imprint, the Wondaland Arts ...more