Black History Month: Legendary Female R&B Singers?
These powerhouses have inspired us with their beauty, style, grace, and above all, their unique and unforgettable voices. They are chart-topping entertainers with a splash of girl power. Their albums have made music history and continue to be relevant, and they are our top female singers.
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Whitney Houston released her debut album when she was 22 years old. Her self-titled album became the biggest-selling album by a debut artist, turning her into a pop sensation. Though she is no longer with us, her voice is one of the most iconic voices of all time.
The late singer’s debut album Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number went double platinum, and in 1997, she appeared on the soundtrack for Dr. Dolittle. The song “Are You That Somebody?” made the number one spot on the R&B charts as well as earned her a Grammy Award nomination.
Her signature song “Respect” is one of the most popular songs Franklin has ever recorded, but she is also an accomplished songwriter and pianist. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and last year she was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Tina Turner was named one of the greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone and songs like “What’s Love Got To Do With It” landed her a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is also an actress which has appeared in films such as Tommy and Last Action Hero.