Rhythm & Blues Singers

An R&B singer may refer to a particular type of singer who is involved in the generation of production a particular style of music that is a blend of both jazz music and blues and this genre of music is characterized by strong back beats. Usually abbreviated R&B, Rhythm and blues music has been constantly seen a lot of various from the time of its existence, be it the development of rock’n’ roll, a genre of music that took birth from R&B.R&B is typically a genre of music mainly performed by African-Americans and this type of music originated during the 1940’s. with the migration of a larger number of African-American to urban communities in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Detroit, there emerged a new market for jazz and blues music. Initially, the term R&B was used by recording labels and companies in order to describe urban African-American music that had elements of jazz, repeated variations and also exhibited the feature of instrumental phrases. Explore more fascinating facts about some of the most popular and famous R&B artist who have made a great impact in the field of music. Continue to read some detailed biographies of R&B artist that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

 1 Selena

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 1995

Known as the queen of Tejano music, Selena became the most famous Mexican-American entertainers during the late 20th century, thanks to her contributions to fashion and music. She is one of the most influential Latin artists ever. Her rags-to-riches story, which includes struggle, fame, and finally death at the age of 23, was showcased in the 1997 film, Selena.

 2 Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

A talented youngster, Ariana Grande first stepped into the world of entertainment through Broadway musical 13 and later shot to fame with television series Victorious and its spinoff, Sam & Cat. Her television series also kick started her musical career which flourished with the release of her five commercially successful and critically applauded albums and collaborations with various other artists.

 3 Dua Lipa

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

At fourteen, singer Dua Lipa began her career by posting covers of famous songs on YouTube. She soon signed a contract with Warner Music Group and shot into fame with the release of her eponymous chart topping debut album. Since then, she has released her critically acclaimed second album, bagged two Grammys and created history at 2018 BRIT Awards.

 4 Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber was discovered via YouTube and subsequently went on to become a teen pop sensation. By age 25 he became the youngest solo artist to achieve seven number-one albums in the US. Bieber has received many accolades, including a Grammy Award. He’s also had his share of controversies and run-in with the law.

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 5 George Michael

George Michael
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: December 25, 2016

George Michael is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham and later went solo. His first solo single Careless Whisper reached number one in over 20 countries. He came out as gay in 1998. He was often in news for his personal life and legal troubles.

 6 Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Actress and singer Zendaya is best known for her role in the Disney Channel sitcom, Shake It Up. She began her career as a model and is trained in different forms of dance. As a singer, she has released one studio album and several singles. She identifies as a feminist and has shown support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.

 7 Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 11, 2012

Amongst the best-selling recording artists of all time and an inspiration to millions of budding artists, Whitney Houston achieved stardom with her eponymous debut album. The success of her later albums consolidated her position and earned her a spot in the Guinness World Records as the most awarded female artist of all time. She struggled with drug abuse and troubled marriage and died of drowning in her hotel's bathtub. 

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 8 Prince

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.

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 9 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

 10 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.

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 11 Vanessa Hudgens

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Hollywood actress Vanessa Hudgens’s breakout roles were Disney Channel’s film High School Musical and Netflix’s The Princess Switch, both in 2006. She subsequently went on to act in a range of films cutting across various genres. She courted controversy in 2007 when her nude photos from her phone were leaked on the internet, for which she apologised to her fans.

 12 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.

 13 Adele

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Adele is one of the most successful female music artists from England. She is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 120 million records. The recipient of numerous awards, Adele also holds several Guinness World Records. In 2012 and 2016, she was named in Time magazine's list of most influential people in the world.

 14 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.

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 15 Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Cuban-American singer and songwriter, Camila Cabello, first gained fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. She is also a solo artist and released her debut solo album in 2018. She is the recipient of Billboard Women in Music award for Breakthrough Artist. She is also an upcoming actress who has appeared in a few TV shows.

 16 Demi Lovato

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Demi Lovato rose to fame with the television film Camp Rock, but became highly successful as singer when she released her pop rock debut album, Don't Forget in 2008, which was followed by many more albums seeing millions in sale. Her health issues like bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa and drug and alcohol addictions have received significant media attention.

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 17 Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Tori Kelly was initially spotted on Star Search and won America's Most Talented Kid. She failed to make it to the "Top 24" of American Idol but later released Billboard Hot 100-charting singles such as Nobody Love. The two-time Grammy-winner has also voiced Meena in Sing and its sequel.

 18 Doja Cat

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 21, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Singer and rapper, Doja Cat, is best known for the music video for her song Mooo!, which went viral in 2018 and made her an international sensation. She subsequently went on to become a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms. She often kindles controversies because of her social media comments on sensitive issues.

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 19 Tina Turner

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and has had a very long and successful career. Let's Stay Together, What's Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer and Golden Eye are some of her chartbuster songs. She is also a songwriter and has acted in films too.

 20 Harvey Cantwell

Harvey Cantwell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
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 21 Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Grammy-winning singer and New Edition member Bobby Brown was a pioneer of the new jack swing, a combination of R&B and hip-hop, and shot to fame with the album Don't Be Cruel and the hit My Prerogative. His marriage to Whitney Houston was plagued with domestic strife and drug issues. 

 22 Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

American singer, Bruno Mars, is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has a wide range of musical style like R&B, pop, funk, reggae, hip hop and rock. He is also known for his stage performances. Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, 24K Magic and That's What I Like are some of his hit songs.

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 23 Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Mick Jagger is widely regarded as one of the most influential frontmen in rock & roll history. Known for his energetic performances on-stage and multiple relationships off-stage, Mick is frequently portrayed as a countercultural figure. He is an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.

 24 Alicia Keys

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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 25 R. Kelly

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

One of the best known R&B artists, R Kelly, who’s sung many chart-topping songs and has sold millions of records, has been accused of sexual abuse by many women. He and is facing several state and federal charges in the US. He was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking and child pornography.

 26 Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Meghan Trainor is an American talent show judge and singer-songwriter. Trainor is credited with promoting body positivity through her music; her songs often have lyrical themes based on personal empowerment and body image. Also a well-known philanthropist, Meghan Trainor works closely with organizations, such as The American Cancer Society. She also takes an active part in several charity events.

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 27 Diana Ross

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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

With several prestigious honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, under her belt, Diana Ross is one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. In 1976, Billboard named her the Female Entertainer of the Century. She has influenced popular artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson.

 28 H.E.R.

H.E.R.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 29 Jesy Nelson

Jesy Nelson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Jesy Nelson gained fame as part of the British all-girl pop group Little Mix, which was the first group to win The X Factor. The tattoo-covered singer also won numerous awards, including a National Television Award for Factual Entertainment, for hosting the body image-related documentary Odd One Out

 30 Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 Stevie Wonder

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.

 32 Robin Thicke

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

The son of late actor, Alan Thicke, and actress, Gloria Loring, Robin Thicke followed in the footsteps of his parents to become a popular singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, record producer, and musician. Over the years, Robin Thicke has played a significant role in contributing to the success of artists like Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J. Blige.

 33 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.

 34 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.

 35 Jason Derulo

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

American singer Jason Derulo is one of the best-selling and popular musicians of present times. His forte is pop, but his music also encompasses R&B and hip-hop. Whatcha Say, Don't Wanna Go Home, Talk Dirty, In My Head, Savage Love, The Other Side and Wiggle are some of his smash hit songs. He also acts in movies and television shows.

 36 Ray Charles

Ray Charles
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 10, 2004

Ray Charles went on to become a great singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist, despite suffering blindness due to glaucoma early in his life. One of the most respected and decorated musicians of all time, Ray Charles has been named in lists, such as 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He pioneered the soul music genre, which remains his greatest contribution.

 37 Pink

Pink
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Pink is an American singer-songwriter known for her acrobatic stage presence and raspy voice. Having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, Pink is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. A recipient of several prestigious awards, Pink was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. Her work has inspired many other artists like Taylor Swift.

 38 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.

 39 Brandy Norwood

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Actor, Record producer
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

 40 Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Artivist, Singer
Birthdate: January 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 41 Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae
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Famous As: Soul Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 42 Willow Smith

Willow Smith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 31, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

The daughter of popular American actors, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, Willow Smith has established herself as a singer-songwriter and rapper. Mentored by rapper Jay-Z, Smith became the youngest artist to be signed to the former's label Roc Nation in 2010. In 2019, she came out as bisexual and expressed her desire to be in a polyamorous relationship.

 43 B.B. King

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 14, 2015
Known as “The King of the Blues,” legendary musician B. B. King introduced a signature style of soloing using string bending and vibrato. His song The Thrill is Gone won him a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. He was featured on Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time” list.

 44 Tory Lanez

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American

Rapper, singer and songwriter, Tory Lanez’s debut studio album I Told You topped the charts in 2016. His subsequent albums, Memories Don't Die, Love Me Now, Chixtape 5 and Daystar were successful too. He was arrested once for violence and possessing a weapon. He has also been accused of shooting and wounding another rap artist, a charge Tory has denied.

 45 Victoria Beckham

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Famous As: Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

An internationally recognized fashion designer and style icon, Victoria Beckham is widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in the UK. She was appointed an OBE for services to the fashion industry in the 2017 New Year Honours. Also a popular singer, she was part of the best-selling female group of all time, Spice Girls.

 46 Grace Jones

Grace Jones
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Jamaican, American

Grace Jones began her career as a model in New York and Paris, popularizing her androgynous style. One of VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, she experimented with disco, punk, reggae, and pop, and contributed to the 1980s’ cross-dressing movement. She later appeared in films such as Vamp.

 47 Nina Simone

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

 48 Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 1979

 49 Mary J. Blige

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Mary J. Blige is a popular singer-songwriter and actress. Having sold 80 million records worldwide, she is one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Referred to as the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary is credited with influencing the fusion of R&B and hip hop. She often gets featured in lists like The 100 Greatest Women in Music.

 50 Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney
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Famous As: Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Voice Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Jesse McCartney is best known as JR Chandler from the soap All My Children. He also sang for the pop band Dream Street and then went solo. He has appeared on shows such as Law & Order: SVU and has voiced Theodore in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its sequels.
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