Beyonce

Beyoncé

Yoncé quietly released a top-secret album and still topped the charts. In true diva style, the singer channeled the King of Pop with her visual self-titled album, making fans and critics alike completely drunk in love with her.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monáe

The innovative performer, who exudes James Brown, Prince and Michael Jackson, proved she is the Electric Lady. Her single “Q.U.E.E.N.” showcased her expansive skills in ways no one can rival.
Jhene Aiko

Jhene Aiko

With a whispery falsetto that brings a different sound to R&B and pop, the singer amassed fans with her honest lyrics and the single “The Worst,” setting her aside from others in both genres.
K.Michelle

K.Michelle

Whether she has a pen, piano keys, or a guitar pick at her fingertips, K. Michelle helped belt new life into R&B with her Rebellious Soul. Plus, no one else breaks down why we “Can’t Raise a Man” like she does.
Rihanna

Rihanna

As the fastest solo artist to gain 13 number ones, the pop star does more than shine bright like a diamond; Rihanna dominates the charts like nobody’s business. With an eighth album in the works, music lovers can count on massive continued growth.
Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton

Sultry and strong, the Braxton musical bloodline runs deep in this sister. With her most recent album, Love and War, Tamar has proven she’s a singer first and foremost before being a reality TV star.