Contemporary R&B Singers

The music genre which combines R&B with elements of hip hop, pop, funk, electronic music, and soul is known as Contemporary R&B or simply R&B. Contemporary R&B features pitch corrected vocals and drum machine-backed rhythms. Combining R&B rhythms with pop and hip hop elements is a recent trend in Contemporary R&B music. Here is a list of some of the most famous Contemporary R&B singers.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Aaliyah

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 2001

Aaliyah was an American singer, actress and model, who became famous when her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number sold three million copies in the US. Her subsequent albums also sold in millions and won her numerous accolades. She also acted in some films. She tragically died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas, at the age of 22.

 2 H.E.R.

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vallejo, CA

R&B singer Gabriella “Gabi” Wilson, better known to her fans as H.E.R., had initially released a few works under her real name. However, she gained fame only after the release of her first EP, H.E.R. Volume 1, in 2016. The two-time Grammy-winner performed at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award ceremony.

 3 Teyana Taylor

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York

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.

 4 IU

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 5 Berry Gordy

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Famous As: Record Executive
Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, MichiganDetroit, Michigan, United States

 6 James Arthur

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

James Arthur is an English singer-songwriter who achieved popularity after winning the popular British reality TV music competition The X Factor in 2012. Apart from debuting at the top position on the UK Singles Chart, his debut single also went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies, making it the most successful single in the history of the show.

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 7 Cynthia Erivo

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockwell, London, England, United Kingdom
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 8 Jussie Smollett

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, United States

American actor, Jussie Smollett is known for his work in television series, Empire, and science fiction film Alien: Covenant. He debuted as a child artist and worked in commercials, television shows like On Our Own and films like The Mighty Ducks before taking a break. He returned after years and proved his talent as an actor and also a singer.

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 9 Paloma Faith

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

 10 Macy Gray

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

 11 Nick Carter

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States

Nick Carter is an American singer, musician, and actor. Best known for his association with the popular vocal group the Backstreet Boys, Carter achieved popularity as a teen idol throughout the mid and late-1990s. Also known for his charity work, Nick Carter has been playing an important role in raising awareness about the environment and its oceans.

 12 Michel'le

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Compton, United States
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 13 Sheridan Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Epworth, North Lincolnshire, England, UK

 14 Jon Bellion

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lake Grove, New York
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 15 Miguel

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Pedro, Los Angeles, U.S.

 16 Thundercat

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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 17 Tulisa Contostavlos

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Camden Town, London

Tulisa Contostavlos is an English singer, television personality, songwriter, and actress. She achieved popularity after appearing in the popular reality television music competition series The X Factor, where she served as one of the judges. Her life and career inspired the 2014 documentary, Tulisa: The Price of Fame, which premiered on BBC Three.

 18 Jacob Anderson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK
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 19 Bootsy Collins

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

 20 Kevin Abstract

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
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 21 Emeli Sandé

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England

 22 Bobby Womack

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: June 27, 2014

Bobby Womack began his career with his family band The Valentinos, after gaining a record deal with The Soul Stirrers singer Sam Cooke. He later began a solo career and became famous for tracks such as Lookin’ for a Love. He also contributed to the soundtrack of Across 110th Street.

 23 LeToya Luckett

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 24 Cissy Houston

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Famous As: Gospel Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
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 25 Luke James

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 26 Duncan James

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salisbury, England
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 27 Tiffany Hwang

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 28 Jazmine Sullivan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 29 Victor Willis

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

 30 El DeBarge

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 31 Jason Weaver

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 32 Rina Sawayama

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Niigata, Japan

 33 Victoria Monet

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia, U.S.

 34 Marvin Humes

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England, UK

 35 Peabo Bryson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, USA

 36 Una Healy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: County Tipperary, Ireland

 37 Ella Eyre

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

 38 No I.D.

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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: June 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 39 Betty Wright

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Bessie Regina Norris, better known as Betty Wright, ruled the American gospel, R&B, and soul scene for 6 decades. The Grammy-winning artist joined her family gospel group at age 2, gained fame with the track Clean Up Woman at 17, and had her own record label by the 1980s.

 40 Heidi Range

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

 41 Eumir Deodato

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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: June 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 42 Jody Watley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 43 Taio Cruz

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

 44 Heather Headley

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidadian-American singer-actor Heather Headley is best known for her Tony- and Drama Desk-winning performance in the musical Aida. The Northwestern University drop-out was also part of the theatrical version of Whitney Houston’s movie The Bodyguard and won a Grammy for her gospel album Audience of One.

 45 Sampha

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morden, London, England, United Kingdom

 46 Farrah Franklin

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 47 Marc Nelson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 48 Sevyn Streeter

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haines City, Florida Haines City, Florida, U.S.

 49 Leah LaBelle

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 31, 2018

 50 Kelly Price

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Starting her music career as a background vocalist for singers such as Mariah Carey and George Michael, Kelly Price later made her mark in the industry with albums such as Soul of a Woman and Mirror Mirror. The Grammy-nominated singer is also known for her breast cancer activism.

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