Famous Black Pop Singers

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 1 Rihanna

Rihanna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Barbadian

For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.

 2 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 25, 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

 3 Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 8, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Trinidadian, American

Amongst the most influential female rap artists of all time and one of the bestselling artists, Nicki Minaj came to limelight after her collaborations with Dirty Money Record and Young Money Entertainment. With subsequent release of her four albums, Minaj firmly established herself as a chart-topping artist. The Queen of Rap has also dabbled in acting and ventured into business.

 4 Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A member of the prominent Jackson family, Janet Jackson is a singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. Popularly known for her innovative and socially conscious songs, she was considered a sex icon in her youth. Beginning her career as a teenager, she went on to become one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

 5 Prince

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2016

Singer-songwriter, dancer, and musician, Prince is is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. He was considered a guitar virtuoso and could also play several other instruments. With worldwide sales of over 150 million records, he is ranked among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was also well known for his flamboyant persona.

 6 John Legend

John Legend
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, actor, film producer and theatre director and his song All of Me from his fourth studio album was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit. He has released a host of successful albums. He has also won many awards, including an Oscar and a handful of Grammys. He is also an actor and a TV personality.

 7 Alicia Keys

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been active in the music industry since the mid-1990s. Her debut album was a super hit and earned her five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling artists in the United States and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism.

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 8 Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 9 Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and composer whose work with the band Commodores and his solo career established him as a successful balladeer of the 1980s. Having sold more than 90 million records, Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Also a philanthropist, Richie helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 10 Stevie Wonder

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder, is one of most influential and the best-selling musicians of all time. That Girl, Gotta Have You, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Part-Time Lover and Happy Birthday are some of his chartbuster songs. He has won many awards and accolades, including 25 Grammy Awards.

 11 Marvin Gaye

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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: April 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1984

American singer Marvin Gaye is one of the most successful black artists ever and his albums have sold in millions. His success reached great heights with the 1972 song What's Going On. The 1982 single Sexual Healing was the biggest hit of his career and was a chartbuster. He was tragically shot dead by his father after a family altercation.

 12 Ciara

Ciara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Ciara is an American singer-songwriter whose debut single, Goodies, earned her the title Princess of Crunk&B. Her songs, Goodies and Yeah!, are credited with introducing the substyle of contemporary R&B and crunk music called crunk&B to music lovers. Also a dancer and model, Ciara has had a major impact on the American entertainment industry for the past 10 years.

 13 Khalid (Singer)

Khalid (Singer)
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Khalid is an American singer-songwriter whose work in Logic’s hit single 1-800-273-8255 earned him a nomination at the Grammy Awards. He has also received prestigious awards, such as Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Award, and American Music Awards. In 2019, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 14 Janelle Monae

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Famous As: Soul Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Artist Janelle Monae initially sang with rapper Big Boi and is known for albums such as Dirty Computer. She has been nominated for the Grammys multiple times. Monae also appeared in films such as Hidden Figures and the Academy Award-winning drama Moonlight. She is both bisexual and pansexual.

 15 Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton
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Famous As: American R&B Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Soul and R&B sensation Toni Braxton initially performed with her sisters in The Braxtons. She won three of her seven Grammys with her debut album. Known for her Billboard-charters such as Un-break My Heart, she also collaborated with Babyface, competed in Dancing with the Stars, and produced Braxton Family Values.

 16 Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A four-time Grammy Award-winning artist, singer Tracy Chapman is best known for her hit single, Give Me One Reason. Interested in music from a young age, she learned to play multiple instruments as a child. She made her major-stage debut in 1985 and soon became a sensational hit. She is also known for her social activism.

 17 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 18 Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Solange Knowles, younger sister of pop star Beyoncé Knowles, initially performed as a back-up dancer and wrote songs for Beyoncé’s band Destiny's Child. She has delivered Grammy-winning tracks such as Cranes in the Sky and has also won an Impact Award. She also owns a hip-hop-themed children’s merchandise brand.

 19 Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole
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Famous As: Vocalist, Pianist
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1965
Jazz pianist/singer Nat King Cole, father of singer Natalie Cole, is best remembered for tracks such as Too Young and Mona Lisa. His last album, L-O-V-E, was recorded while he battled lung cancer. With The Nat King Cole Show, he became the first African-American to host his own show.

 20 Otis Redding

Otis Redding
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 10, 1967
The King of Soul Otis Redding, who had performed with the Pinetoppers, among others, is remembered for his track (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay, released after his death in a plane crash. It became the first posthumous Billboard R&B- and Hot 100-topping record. He also won two posthumous Grammys

 21 Seal

Seal
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Seal is a British singer and songwriter. He has received several prestigious awards over the course of his career. Also known for his charity work, Seal has performed at several charity events in an attempt to help non-profit organizations, such as the Make It Right Foundation.

 22 Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy
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Famous As: Record Executive
Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 23 Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
The Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle is best known for her chartbusting song Lady Marmalade, released with her group Labelle. She has had a successful solo career, too, winning multiple Grammys. She has appeared on her own TV shows, released cookbooks, and has launched her line of food and bedding.

 24 Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: May 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Darius Rucker gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. He then launched a solo career, releasing Billboard-charting hits such as Wagon Wheel and True Believers. He became the first Black American singer to win the Country Music Association New Artist Award.

 25 Rozonda Thomas

Rozonda Thomas
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Rozonda Thomas, better known as Chilli, soared to fame as a member of the 1990s’ pop band TLC. She later founded the charity Chilli's Crew and also launched the handbag line Bags by Chilli. She has also released solo singles, produced a biopic, and starred in her own reality show.

 26 Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Keri Hilson is an American singer, vocal arranger, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She is known for writing songs for popular artists like Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears. She often creates music that glorifies love, sexual intimacy, and womanhood. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hilson has contributed to various charities and relief efforts for natural disasters.

 27 Wizkid

Wizkid
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nigerian

 28 Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean
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Famous As: Recording Artist
Birthdate: January 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Trinidadian, British

Billy Ocean is a recording artist who achieved popularity in the 1980s when he became the most famous Trinidad–British R&B singer. Over the years, he has also been one of the most prominent supporters of the Rastafari movement. In the 2020 New Year Honours, Billy Ocean was appointed MBE for services to music.

 29 Alex Newell

Alex Newell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 30 Kevin Olusola

Kevin Olusola
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Famous As: Beatboxer
Birthdate: October 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Kevin Olusola is an illustrious beatboxer of the a capella band Pentatonix. He is also seen playing the cello occasionally in their songs. Scott Hoying spotted him playing the cello in a viral video. The group has released eleven albums, garnered more than two million views on their YouTube channel and sold over two million records.

 31 Tionne Watkins

Tionne Watkins
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 32 Cedella Marley

Cedella Marley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Jamaican

 33 Shar Jackson

Shar Jackson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 34 Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerien

 35 Johnny Gill

Johnny Gill
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 36 Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 27, 2014

 37 Fleur East

Fleur East
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 38 Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 39 India Arie

India Arie
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 40 Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Toro y Moi

Toro y Moi
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 42 Shanice

Shanice
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 43 Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 44 Tank

Tank
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 45 Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 25, 1999

 46 Jody Watley

Jody Watley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 47 Ronald Isley

Ronald Isley
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Famous As: Recording artist
Birthdate: May 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 48 Taio Cruz

Taio Cruz
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 49 Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Streeter
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 50 Sinitta

Sinitta
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British, American