The 10 best black female artists of 2010 is a diverse group. The group ranges from rappers, like Nicki Minaj, to pop stars, like Rihanna, to more traditional soul singers, such as Alicia. This was, indeed, a good year for black female singers. But other than Nicki Minaj, it wasn’t the best year for female rappers.
- Erykah Badu — Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” video, which featured the singer singing well AND stripping, made her — by far — the most noteworthy female vocalist of 2010. Who wouldn’t want THAT window seat?
- Sade — The single “Babyfather” marked the return of Miss Quiet Storm herself, Sade. She just has a great voice, which makes her more than just a singer associated with a particular soul style. Sade is one of 2010’s very best black female artists. One just wishes she’d release more music.
- Nicki Minaj — It’s sad to note that Nicki Minaj is the only major female black rap breakthrough of 2010. This friend of both Kanye West and Lil Wayne is also a good friend of everyone hot in music in general.
- Beyoncé — Beyoncé is more than just Mrs. Jay Z. She’s outgrown Destiny’s Child by a long shot. She certainly has all the single girls’ attention.
- Alicia Keys — Much like Beyoncé, Alicia Keys is closer to a traditional soul singer, than the ever-popular pop-rap hybrid. However, she ran the town of New York on a popular Jay Z song, “Empire State of Mind”. She’s a naturally great singer.
- Rihanna — Rihanna may not be a naturally great singer, but she’s a very distinctive. And sometimes, that’s half the battle to popularity. Hopefully, she’s finally put the whole Chris Brown episode behind her so we can all just focus on the music.
- Corinne Bailey Rae — Sadly, Corinne Bailey Rae recently lost her husband to a drug overdose. This loss, however, prompted her to make some of the best music of her career, and mafe her one of 2010’s best black female artists.
- Jazmine Sullivan — With her mixture of reggae, pop and jazz, Jazmine Sullivan was one of 2010’s best new black female artists. In a field where there weren’t a whole lot of new faces and voices, her arrival was quite welcome.
- Sharon Jones — With her slick backing band, the Dap Kings, Sharon Jones brought a vibe of old school soul to her 2010 recordings. She also danced like a mad woman, too.
- Janelle Monáe — Janelle Monáe’s single, and especially its video, presented this funky singer as a force to be reckoned with. Look for this 2010 breakthrough to reach an even wider audience in 2011.,
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