Female Rhythm & Blues Singers

Throughout history, there have been many women rhythm & blues singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female rhythm & blues singers such as Adele, Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Rihanna.The women rhythm & blues singers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

 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

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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 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.

 5 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. 

 6 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.

 7 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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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 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.

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 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.

 19 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.

 20 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

 21 Taylor Dayne

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

 22 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.

 23 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.

 24 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.

 25 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.

 26 Janelle Monae

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

 27 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.

 28 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.

 29 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.

 30 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.

 31 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

 32 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.

 33 Paula Abdul

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Starting her career as a cheerleader, Paula Abdul went on to choreograph music videos for Janet Jackson. She then tried her hand at singing-songwriting and released a highly successful debut studio album. Also an award-winning actress, Paula was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also appeared in TV shows like American Idol.

 34 Kirstin Maldonado

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Three-time Grammy-winning artist Kirstin Maldonado, part of the a cappella group Pentatonix, is known for hits such as Break a Little and All Night, and has sold more than 6 million albums. She has also performed in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots and appeared in an episode of Bones.

 35 Kelly Rowland

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Four-time Grammy-winning artist Kelly Rowland was part of the R&B group Destiny’s Child, along with Beyoncé. Kelly has also had a successful solo career and has starred in films such as Freddy vs. Jason. She has been a judge on The X Factor and a coach on The Voice

 36 Erykah Badu

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as the queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter whose debut studio album Baduizm helped popularize neo-soul in the late-1990s. Thanks to her popularity, Erykah Badu serves as a subject for street art in several places, including Greater London, England. Also an actress, Badu has appeared in popular films, such as The Cider House Rules.

 37 China Anne McClain

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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
China Anne McClain gained fame as Jazmine Payne from the series Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Charlotte McKenzie from the film Grown Ups. She gained international recognition with her role as Chyna Parks in A.N.T. Farm. She is part of the music group Thriii and has released bestselling soundtracks.

 38 Christina Milian

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Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Christina Milian is best known for her hit tracks A.M. to P.M. and Say I. Fans have also loved her performances in the movie Love Don't Cost a Thing, as Vanessa in Grandfathered, and as Christine Parks in The Oath. She co-owns Viva Diva Wines and a food truck business.

 39 SZA

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Solána Imani Rowe, popularly known as SZA, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. While SZA's music incorporates elements of hip hop, soul, cloud rap, and chillwave, her songs revolve around themes of abandonment, nostalgia, and sexuality. A recipient of BMI Awards and NAACP Image Awards, SZA has also received nominations for an Academy Award and nine Grammy Awards.

 40 JoJo

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

JoJo is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. A child prodigy, JoJo released her self-titled debut studio album at the age of 13. Subsequently, the album peaked at number four on Billboard 200 and has sold more than four million copies to date. She has also been headlining several tours, apart from releasing albums.

 41 Natalie Cole

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 31, 2015
R&B and pop singer Natalie Cole, daughter of jazz pianist and singer Nat King Cole, is known for hits such as Inseparable and her cover of Pink Cadillac. The nine-time Grammy-winning artist soared to fame with the album Unforgettable... with Love, which sold more than 7 million copies.

 42 Ashanti

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Ashanti is an American singer, record producer, songwriter, model, and actress. A talented musician, Ashanti became the first woman to occupy the number one and number two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Also known for her humanitarian work, Ashanti works tirelessly towards several causes, including raising awareness about issues pertaining to domestic violence.

 43 Bridgit Mendler

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Famous As: Actress, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Bridgit Mendler started as a child actor and is best known for her roles in the Disney projects Good Luck Charlie and Lemonade Mouth. She was also part of the series Undateable and Nashville. An avid philanthropist, she has worked with campaigns such as First Book and Friends for Change.

 44 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.

 45 Donna Summer

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 17, 2012

 46 Nelly Furtado

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Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

Nelly Furtado is a Portuguese-Canadian record producer and singer-songwriter. Known for her constant reinvention and musical versatility, Furtado is one of the most successful musical artists from Canada, having sold more than 40 million records. Her work has also inspired fellow musicians like Dua Lipa and Bridgit Mendler. Also a philanthropist, Furtado is a member of Artists Against Racism charity.

 47 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.

 48 Michelle Visage

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 49 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.

 50 Chaka Khan

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.