American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist

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The American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist has been awarded since 1974.

Years reflect the year during which the American Music Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year (until 2003 onward, when awards were handed out on November of the same year).

The all-time winner in this category is Rihanna with 6 wins.

Rihanna has won the award the most with six wins

2010s[edit]

Year Recipient(S) Nominee(S)
2016
(44th)
Blue ribbon Rihanna Beyoncé
Janet Jackson
2015
(43rd)
Blue ribbon Rihanna Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
2014
(42nd)
Blue ribbon Beyoncé Jhené Aiko
Mary J. Blige
2013
(41st)
Blue ribbon Rihanna Alicia Keys
Ciara
2012
(40th)
Blue ribbon Beyoncé Mary J. Blige
Rihanna
2011
(39th)
Blue ribbon Beyoncé Kelly Rowland
Rihanna
2010
(38th)
Blue ribbon Rihanna Alicia Keys
Sade

2000s[edit]

Year Recipient(S) Nominee(S)
2009
(37th)
Blue ribbon Beyoncé Keri Hilson
Keyshia Cole
2008
(36th)
Blue ribbon Rihanna Alicia Keys
Mary J. Blige
2007
(35th)
Blue ribbon Rihanna Beyoncé
Fantasia Barrino
2006
(34th)
Blue ribbon Mary J. Blige Keyshia Cole
Mariah Carey
2005
(33rd)
Blue ribbon Mariah Carey Ciara
Fantasia Barrino
2004
(32nd)
Blue ribbon Alicia Keys Beyoncé
Janet Jackson
2003
(31st)
Blue ribbon Aaliyah Ashanti
Beyoncé
2003
(30th)
Blue ribbon Mary J. Blige Ashanti
Jennifer Lopez
2002
(29th)
Blue ribbon Aaliyah Alicia Keys
Mary J. Blige
2001
(28th)
Blue ribbon Toni Braxton Kelly Price
Whitney Houston
2000
(27th)
Blue ribbon Lauryn Hill Brandy Norwood
Whitney Houston

1990s[edit]

Year Recipient(S) Nominee(S)
1999
(26th)
Blue ribbon Janet Jackson Aaliyah
Brandy Norwood
1998
(25th)
Blue ribbon Mariah Carey Mary J. Blige
Toni Braxton
1997
(24th)
Blue ribbon Toni Braxton Brandy Norwood
Mariah Carey
1996
(23rd)
Blue ribbon Mariah Carey Anita Baker
Brandy Norwood
1995
(22nd)
Blue ribbon Anita Baker Janet Jackson
Toni Braxton
1994
(21st)
Blue ribbon Whitney Houston Janet Jackson
Mariah Carey
Toni Braxton
1993
(20th)
Blue ribbon Patti LaBelle Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
Vanessa Williams
1992
(19th)
Blue ribbon Mariah Carey Natalie Cole
Whitney Houston
1991
(18th)
Blue ribbon Janet Jackson Lisa Stansfield
Mariah Carey
Miki Howard
Regina Belle
1990
(17th)
Blue ribbon Anita Baker Paula Abdul
Stephanie Mills

1980s[edit]

Year Recipient(S) Nominee(S)
1989
(16th)
Blue ribbon Whitney Houston Natalie Cole
Sade
1988
(15th)
Blue ribbon Anita Baker Janet Jackson
Whitney Houston
1987
(14th)
Blue ribbon Whitney Houston Anita Baker
Janet Jackson
Patti LaBelle
1986
(13th)
Blue ribbon Aretha Franklin Diana Ross
Whitney Houston
1985
(12th)
Blue ribbon Tina Turner Chaka Khan
Sheila E.
1984
(11th)
Blue ribbon Aretha Franklin Angela Bofill
Donna Summer
Irene Cara
1983
(10th)
Blue ribbon Diana Ross Aretha Franklin
Evelyn "Champagne" King
1982
(9th)
Blue ribbon Stephanie Mills Chaka Khan
Stacy Lattisaw
Teena Marie
1981
(8th)
Blue ribbon Diana Ross Chaka Khan
Stephanie Mills
1980
(7th)
Blue ribbon Donna Summer Gloria Gaynor
Stephanie Mills

1970s[edit]

Year Recipient(S) Nominee(S)
1979
(6th)
Blue ribbon Natalie Cole Donna Summer
Roberta Flack
1978
(5th)
Blue ribbon Natalie Cole Aretha Franklin
Donna Summer
1977
(4th)
Blue ribbon Aretha Franklin Diana Ross
Natalie Cole
1976
(3rd)
Blue ribbon Aretha Franklin Gwen McCrae
Minnie Riperton
1975
(2nd)
Blue ribbon Diana Ross Aretha Franklin
Roberta Flack
1974
(1st)
Blue ribbon Roberta Flack Aretha Franklin
Betty Wright

Category facts[edit]

Most Wins (as of 2016)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Rihanna Beyoncé
Mariah Carey
Aretha Franklin
Anita Baker
Whitney Houston
Diana Ross
Total wins 6 4 3

Most Nominations (as of 2016)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Artist Mariah Carey Rihanna
Janet Jackson
Beyoncé
Aretha Franklin
Whitney Houston
Mary J. Blige Anita Baker
Toni Braxton
Natalie Cole
Diana Ross
Total Nominations 9 8 7 5