2022 may have set the bar really high for R&B artists, but honestly, this year's hottest rhythm and blues singer-songwriters are ready to takeover everyone's playlists. From Grammy Award winner SZA's sensational sophomore album SOS to Chris Brown's critically-acclaimed Breezy, 2023's top R&B music effortlessly fuses dynamic hip-hop/soul instrumentals with diverse cross-cultural influences while simultaneously staying true to the genre's traditional roots. Industry queens Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, and Lizzo never cease to slay with their flawless records; and Gen Z musicians Steve Lacy, H.E.R., Jorja Smith, and Chlöe continue to shatter glass ceilings with their exceptional talent.
Which trending R&B musicians are you most excited to see live, and whose records are you currently listening to? Vote below for the best R&B artists of 2023, and be sure to also check out this year's top new R&B songs afterwards.