Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality R&B songs
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1968
Last awarded 2011
Official website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (previously called Best Rhythm and Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female) was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to female recording artists for quality R&B songs. Awards in several categories are distributed annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position."[2]

According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, the award was presented to artists that performed "newly recorded solo R&B vocal performances". Solo numbers by members of an established group were not eligible for the award as "separate entries from the duo or group performances."[3] Albums were also considered for the accolade until 1992.

As a part of the major overhaul of Grammy categories, the award was discontinued in 2011. The Female R&B Vocal Performance category, Male R&B Vocal Performance category and all duo/group vocal performances in the R&B category will be shifted to the newly formed Best R&B Performance category.[4]

The award for the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance was first presented to Aretha Franklin at the 10th Grammy Awards ceremony in 1968 for the song "Respect". Franklin received the most wins with eleven, followed by Anita Baker with five. Franklin also holds the record for the most nominations with twenty-three, while Chaka Khan is second with eight nominations. Fantasia Barrino became the final recipient of the award, when her song "Bittersweet" won the award in 2011. The award was presented to artists from the United States each year.

Recipients[edit]

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Aretha Franklin was the first recipient of the award in 1968. In total, she has won the award eleven times, making her the artist with the most wins in the category.
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In 1976, Natalie Cole won the award for her song "This Will Be", only the second artist to win the award back then.
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Thelma Houston became the third artist to win the award, in 1978.
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Chaka Khan won the award in 1984 for her album Chaka Khan
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Anita Baker won the award first in 1987. In total, she has won the award five times, making her the artist with second most wins.
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Janet Jackson was nominated six times in the category, but did not win.
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Vanessa L. Williams, five-time nominee in the category
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Four-time award winner, Alicia Keys. Keys first won the award in 2002 for her song "Fallin'".
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Toni Braxton has won the award four times since her debut in 1993.
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Whitney Houston's song "It's Not Right but It's Okay" won her the award in 2000, making her the first winner of the millennium.
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Beyoncé Knowles' songs "Dangerously in Love 2" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" won her the awards in 2004 and 2010, respectively.
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Mariah Carey's chart topper "We Belong Together" won the award in 2006.
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Seven-time nominee, including two-time award winner Mary J. Blige.
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Fantasia Barrino became the last winner in the category, in 2011. She won the award for her song "Bittersweet".
Year[I] Performing artists Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1968 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Respect" [5]
1969 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Chain of Fools" [6]
1970 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Share Your Love with Me" [7]
1971 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Don't Play That Song" [8]
1972 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Bridge Over Troubled Water" [9]
1973 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Young, Gifted And Black" [10]
1974 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Master of Eyes (The Deepness of Your Eyes)" [11]
1975 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" [6]
1976 Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole  United States "This Will Be" [6]
1977 Cole, NatalieNatalie Cole  United States "Sophisticated Lady (She's a Different Lady)" [12]
1978 Houston, ThelmaThelma Houston  United States "Don't Leave Me This Way" [13]
1979 Summer, DonnaDonna Summer  United States "Last Dance" [14]
1980 Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick  United States "Déjà Vu" [15]
1981 Mills, StephanieStephanie Mills  United States "Never Knew Love Like This Before" [16]
1982 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Hold On! I'm Comin'" [17]
1983 Holliday, JenniferJennifer Holliday  United States "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" [18]
1984 Khan, ChakaChaka Khan  United States Chaka Khan [19]
1985 Khan, ChakaChaka Khan  United States "I Feel for You" [20]
1986 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States "Freeway of Love" [21]
1987 Baker, AnitaAnita Baker  United States Rapture [22]
1988 Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin  United States Aretha [23]
1989 Baker, AnitaAnita Baker  United States "Giving You the Best That I Got" [24]
1990 Baker, AnitaAnita Baker  United States Giving You the Best That I Got [25]
1991 Baker, AnitaAnita Baker  United States Compositions [26]
1992 Fischer, LisaLisa Fischer
LaBelle, PattiPatti LaBelle
 United States "How Can I Ease the Pain"
Burnin'
[27]
1993 Khan, ChakaChaka Khan  United States The Woman I Am [28]
1994 Braxton, ToniToni Braxton  United States "Another Sad Love Song" [29]
1995 Braxton, ToniToni Braxton  United States "Breathe Again" [30]
1996 Baker, AnitaAnita Baker  United States "I Apologize" [31]
1997 Braxton, ToniToni Braxton  United States "You're Makin' Me High" [32]
1998 Badu, ErykahErykah Badu  United States "On & On" [33]
1999 Hill, LaurynLauryn Hill  United States "Doo Wop (That Thing)" [34]
2000 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston  United States "It's Not Right but It's Okay" [35]
2001 Braxton, ToniToni Braxton  United States "He Wasn't Man Enough" [36]
2002 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys  United States "Fallin'" [37]
2003 Blige, Mary J.Mary J. Blige  United States "He Think I Don't Know" [38]
2004 Knowles, BeyoncéBeyoncé Knowles  United States "Dangerously in Love 2" [39]
2005 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys  United States "If I Ain't Got You" [40]
2006 Carey, MariahMariah Carey  United States "We Belong Together" [41]
2007 Blige, Mary J.Mary J. Blige  United States "Be Without You" [42]
2008 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys  United States "No One" [43]
2009 Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys  United States "Superwoman" [44]
2010 Knowles, BeyoncéBeyoncé Knowles  United States "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" [45]
2011 Barrino, FantasiaFantasia Barrino  United States "Bittersweet" [46]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

See also[edit]

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