Famous African American Singers Who Influenced Many Aspirants Around The World

Music is a field which has been constantly evolving since time immemorial. The rich history of American music has witnessed several significant changes over the past few centuries. Many individuals of African American descent have made waves in the recent past for their prowess in music and have earned many accolades including prestigious awards for their efforts. The most popular example would probably be the king of pop Michael Jackson, who revolutionized world music with his style. His tracks such as ‘Beat It’, ‘Thriller’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Black or White’ are anthems among the youth even today. Michael, or MJ as he’s popularly known, is a recipient of 13 Grammy awards. He has also been felicitated with 26 American music Awards for his incredible talent. Many of his songs have topped the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ charts. The legendary Ray Charles is another legendary musician who has millions of followers worldwide. He was also mentioned in the list of ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’, published by the ‘Rolling Stones’ magazine. Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Nina Simone are a few other African American singers who have made their community proud. Some of these singers also enjoy a major fan following on social media platforms as well. Scroll below to know the names of singers of African American descent who have changed world music in a great way. Some of their works have influenced many famous singers of today.

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 1 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
103
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: King of Pop
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 25, 2009
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 2 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
93
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

 3 Kanye West

Kanye West
92
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Husband of Kim Kardashian
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 4 Will Smith

Will Smith
30
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 5 Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 6 Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Record producer, and entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 7 Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 11, 2012
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 8 Ice Cube

Ice Cube
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Crenshaw, California, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 9 Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Singer & Activist
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 16, 2018
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 10 Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: September 18, 1970

 11 Jay-Z

Jay-Z
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 12 Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
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 13 Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder
9
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 14 Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 15 Ray Charles

Ray Charles
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: September 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: June 10, 2004

 16 Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: April 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 1, 1984

 17 Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 18 James Brown

James Brown
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2006

 19 DMX

DMX
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 20 Aaliyah

Aaliyah
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 2001
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 21 Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 22 Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Guitarist
Birthdate: October 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: March 18, 2017
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 23 Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 24 Common

Common
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 25 Otis Redding

Otis Redding
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dawson, Georgia, United States
Died: December 10, 1967
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 26 André 3000

André 3000
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 27 Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1938

 28 Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portsmouth
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 29 Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 30 Nina Simone

Nina Simone
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon
Died: April 21, 2003

 31 Ciara

Ciara
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 32 Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Flatbush, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 33 Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Covington, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 10, 2008

 34 Mos Def

Mos Def
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Famous As: Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: December 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 35 Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 36 Donna Summer

Donna Summer
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 17, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 37 Nelly

Nelly
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 38 Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 39 Joyner Luca

Joyner Luca
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Rapper
Birthdate: August 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

 40 Big Boi

Big Boi
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 41 Ja Rule

Ja Rule
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 42 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 43 Jill Scott

Jill Scott
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 44 Ol' Dirty Bastard

Ol' Dirty Bastard
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 13, 2004

 45 Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chattanooga
Died: September 26, 1937
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 46 Master P

Master P
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 47 Coolio

Coolio
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Actor, Record Producer, Chef
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 48 Orlando Brown

Orlando Brown
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Famous As: Actor, Voice Actor, Singer
Birthdate: December 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 49 D'Angelo

D'Angelo
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

 50 Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka Flame
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States