Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Awarded forQuality female vocal performances in the pop music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2011

The Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance was a Grammy Award recognizing superior vocal performance by a female in the pop category, the first of which was presented in 1959. It was discontinued after the 2011 Grammy season. The award went to the artist. Singles or tracks only are eligible.

The award has had quite a convoluted history:

  • From 1959 to 1960 there was an award called Best Vocal Performance, Female, which was for work in the pop field
  • In 1961 the award was separated into Best Vocal Performance Single Record Or Track and Best Vocal Performance Album, Female
  • From 1962 to 1963 the awards from the previous year were combined into Best Solo Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1964 to 1968 the award was called Best Vocal Performance, Female
  • In 1969, the awards were combined and streamlined as the award for Best Contemporary-Pop Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1970 to 1971 the award was known as Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1972 to 1994 the award was known as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1995 to 2011 it was known as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

The award was discontinued in 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all solo performances in the pop category (male, female, and instrumental) were shifted to the newly formed Best Pop Solo Performance category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.


Ella Fitzgerald was the first recipient of the Award, in total she was a five-time award winner and fourth consecutive award winner.
Twelve-time nominee received the most nominations in this category, including five-time award winner Barbra Streisand
Eight-time nominee, including one-time award winner Mariah Carey
Seven-time nominee, including three-time award winner Dionne Warwick
Six-time nominee, including three-time award winner Whitney Houston
Six-time nominee, including one-time award winner Sheryl Crow
Six-time nominee, including one-time award winner Olivia Newton-John
Five-time nominee, including two-time award winner Christina Aguilera
Four-time nominees, including two-time award winner Sarah McLachlan
Three-time nominee, including two-time award winner Norah Jones
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Adele
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Kelly Clarkson
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Nelly Furtado. She is the last Canadian winner.
Six-time nominee Carly Simon
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Beyoncé
2011 winner for Bad Romance, Lady Gaga. She is the last person to win this category prior to the debut of the combined Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance in 2012.
Year[I] Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1959 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook [1]
1960 Ella Fitzgerald "But Not for Me" [2]
Ella Fitzgerald "Mack the Knife (Live)" [3]
Ella Fitzgerald Mack the Knife - Ella In Berlin [3]
1962 Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall [4]
1963 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson [5]
1964 Barbra Streisand The Barbra Streisand Album [6]
1965 Barbra Streisand People [7]
1966 Barbra Streisand My Name Is Barbra
1967 Eydie Gormé "If He Walked into My Life Today"
1968 Bobbie Gentry "Ode to Billie Joe" [8]
1969 Dionne Warwick "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
1970 Peggy Lee "Is That All There Is?" [9]
1971 Dionne Warwick I'll Never Fall in Love Again [10]
1972 Carole King Tapestry [11]
1973 Helen Reddy "I Am Woman" [12]
1974 Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly with His Song" [13]
1975 Olivia Newton-John "I Honestly Love You"
1976 Janis Ian "At Seventeen" [14]
1977 Linda Ronstadt Hasten Down the Wind [15]
1978 Barbra Streisand "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" [16]
1979 Anne Murray "You Needed Me" [17]
1980 Dionne Warwick "I'll Never Love This Way Again" [18]
1981 Bette Midler "The Rose" [18]
1982 Lena Horne Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music [18]
1983 Melissa Manchester "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" [18]
1984 Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling" [18]
1985 Tina Turner "What's Love Got to Do with It" [18]
1986 Whitney Houston "Saving All My Love for You" [18]
1987 Barbra Streisand The Broadway Album [18]
1988 Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" [18]
1989 Tracy Chapman "Fast Car" [18]
1990 Bonnie Raitt "Nick of Time" [18]
1991 Mariah Carey "Vision of Love" [18]
1992 Bonnie Raitt "Something to Talk About" [18]
1993 k.d. lang "Constant Craving" [18]
1994 Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" [18]
1995 Sheryl Crow "All I Wanna Do" [18]
1996 Annie Lennox "No More I Love You's" [18]
1997 Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart" [18]
1998 Sarah McLachlan "Building a Mystery" [18]
1999 Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" [18]
2000 Sarah McLachlan "I Will Remember You (Live)" [18]
2001 Macy Gray "I Try" [18]
2002 Nelly Furtado "I'm Like a Bird" [18]
2003 Norah Jones "Don't Know Why" [18]
2004 Christina Aguilera "Beautiful" [18]
2005 Norah Jones "Sunrise" [18]
2006 Kelly Clarkson "Since U Been Gone" [18]
2007 Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" [18]
2008 Amy Winehouse "Rehab" [18]
2009 Adele "Chasing Pavements" [18]
2010 Beyoncé "Halo" [19]
2011 Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" [20]

Category facts[edit]

Most Wins in Category
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Ella Fitzgerald
Barbra Streisand
Dionne Warwick
Whitney Houston
Bonnie Raitt
Sarah McLachlan
Norah Jones
Christina Aguilera
Total Wins 5 wins 3 wins 2 wins
Most Nominations
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Artist Barbra Streisand Peggy Lee
Linda Ronstadt
Mariah Carey
Ella Fitzgerald Olivia Newton-John
Dionne Warwick
Carly Simon
Whitney Houston
Sheryl Crow
Bonnie Raitt
Christina Aguilera
Tina Turner
Donna Summer
Celine Dion
Sarah McLachlan
Bette Midler
Joni Mitchell
Total Nominations 12 Nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations 4 nominations
Other facts

Contemporary (R&R) Performance[edit]

In 1966 the Recording Academy established a similar, but different, category in the Pop Field for Best Contemporary (rock & roll) Performances. The category went through a number of changes before being discontinued after the 1968 awards.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Grammy Awards 1959 (May)". IndiaServer. Archived from the original on 28 May 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Grammy Awards 1959". IndiaServer.
  3. ^ a b "Grammy Awards 1961". IndiaServer. Archived from the original on 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  4. ^ "Grammy Awards 1962". IndiaServer.
  5. ^ "Grammy Awards 1963". IndiaServer.
  6. ^ "Grammy Awards 1963". IndiaServer.
  7. ^ "Grammy Awards 1965". IndiaServer.
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards 1968". IndiaServer. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  9. ^ "Grammy Awards 1970". IndiaServer.
  10. ^ "Grammy Awards 1971". IndiaServer.
  11. ^ "Grammy Awards 1972". IndiaServer.
  12. ^ "Grammy Awards 1973". IndiaServer.
  13. ^ "Grammy Awards 1974". IndiaServer.
  14. ^ "Grammy Awards 1976". IndiaServer.
  15. ^ "Grammy Awards 1977". IndiaServer.
  16. ^ "Grammy Awards 1978". IndiaServer.
  17. ^ "Grammy Awards 1979". IndiaServer.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  19. ^ "Nominees And Winners: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  20. ^ "Nominees And Winners: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". Retrieved 20 July 2011.

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