Music touches our souls in a way few things can. It speaks to us and speaks for us when often we can’t find our own words. When a woman sings, it tends to spark emotions in a different way than men can. It somehow feels a bit more personal when we hear women sing.
In a world that was largely dominated by men for quite some time, women have shone through proving they have every right to be part of the music scene in all genres. While it is difficult to narrow top female performers, there are some recent popular female singers who have made a grand impact on our lives.
Pink signed with her first label in 1995 and has since then continued to hold firmly her place in the music world with great success. Her first solo album Can’t Take Me Home was certified double-platinum and she gave us two Billboard Hits with that album.
She’s recorded six studio albums. She’s also acted having appeared in ten films. Her achievements include six MTV Music Awards, five World Music Awards, five American Music Awards and three Grammys. She’s been dubbed “the most trailblazing artist” of her generation and she’s involved in numerous charities.
A demo posted on MySpace in 2007 is how Adele got discovered. From then on she’s been wowing us with her sultry voice and soulful lyrics. She’s released three albums using age references as album titles. She feels each one represents a particular phase in her life and feels that 25, the last to be released will be the end of what she calls a trilogy. Her list of achievements is mind-blowing. She’s received ten Grammys, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, a BT Digital Music Award, two Ivor Novella Awards and four American Music Awards.
She’s also broken the record for longest running #1 album by a female vocalist beating out Whitney Houston. She was also appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and was presented an award by Prince Charles for her services in music. It’s probably a safe bet to say if there is an award that can be won, Adele will in her lifetime win it.
Lady Gaga was noticed for her singing abilities while working as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Publishing. Her first album Fame was a huge success spawning two chart-topping tunes. This was followed up with The Fame Monster which also gave her three more successful singles. She is one of the best-selling musicians in the world.
She’s not only a singer but an accomplished actress, as well. In total she’s released five albums and appeared in six films. She is also involved in a great deal of charity work, including her own organization called Born This Way. Her awards are many: twelve Guinness World Records, six Grammys and three Brit Awards to name a few. She’s truly an amazing and talented woman.
As a young girl, Beyoncé was no stranger to dance and singing competitions but it wasn’t until 1990 that she gained attention. Her adult musical career began with Destiny’s Child, a group her father managed and one that went on to be one of the biggest selling groups of all time. She established her solo career during a break from Destiny’s Child with her first album Dangerously in Love. That one album earned her five Grammys.
In total she’s won twenty Grammys making her one of the all-time best selling music artists. She’s also been named most powerful female in entertainment by Forbes magazine. She gives credit to Michael Jackson as one of her biggest influences. A successful singer, actress and dancer, Beyoncé has firmly planted herself in the music industry as one of the most talented performers in history.
Rhianna got her start by recording demos but it was Jay Z that got her on board with Def Jam Records. She immediately reached star status after her debut album Music of the Sun was released in 2005. The follow-up album titled A Girl Like Me was another a major boon for her career. For her third album she took over creative control, reinvented her image and upon doing so earned her first Grammy.
She has a record of being the youngest solo recording artist to have fourteen #1 singles on the Billboard charts. Her other achievements include eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, an inaugural Icon Award and a total of eight Grammy Awards. She is definitely a true pop icon.
Taylor Swift signed her first recording contract at the age of 14 and since that time, there’s been no stopping her. With a beginning in the country music genre and being the youngest person to ever sign a contract with Sony/ATV Publishing, she released her first solo album in 2006. The single “Our Song” launched her to fame and made her the youngest artist to write and perform a #1 hit on the Billboard charts. She’s was also the youngest winner of the Album of the Year award. She’s not only an accomplished singer but she’s also an actress having appeared in three films and several television shows.
During the course of her career she’s won an Emmy, eight Academy of Country Music awards, nineteen American Music Awards and 10 Grammys just to name a few. She’s done a great deal of charity work in support of the LGBT community and has donated millions to relief causes such as the Red Cross and Architecture for Humanity. It’s no wonder at all why her fans love her so much.
Dubbed “J-Lo” by all who adore her, Jennifer Lopez is a singer, actress, producer, fashion designer, author and dancer. It was a minor role in a film called My Little Girl that sparked her interest in being part of the entertainment world. She was an actress before she became a singer. After her role as a Fly Girl on In Living Color and completion of two major films, Jennifer released her first solo album titled On the 6 in 1999. She later became the first woman to ever have a #1 album and film in the same week.
She’s ultimately become known as one of the most influential Hispanic performers in the United States and the highest paid Latin artist. Her achievements range from one of the greatest pop culture icons in history to Hollywood Walk of Famer and she’s crossed barriers between acting, singing, producing and being a successful business woman seemingly effortlessly. Whether acting or singing, there is simply no denying the talent of this beautiful and incredible woman.
The television show American Idol has introduced the world to some incredible talent but none more so than Carrie Underwood. Since 2005, Carrie has become one of the most successful female artists in the music industry. Throughout the course of her career she’s earned the honor of being first and only country artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts and has been called “Country Music’s Reigning Queen.” She’s won twelve Academy of Country Music Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, nine American Music Awards and seven Grammys.
She has also been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Not only is Carrie a singer but she’s an actress too having appeared in various television/product endorsement ads and television shows. She is truly America’s country music queen.
A young girl with big dreams, Meghan clearly demonstrated her determination by writing, recording and producing three albums on her own between the ages of 15 and 17. She’s relatively new to worldwide popularity though having released her first major record in 2015. It certainly didn’t take long for music lovers to catch on to her immense talent. Her first album produced three top 10 singles.
She’s got somewhat of a retro vibe that people love and it’s clear her musical influences are from the 50s and 60s. In her relatively short career as a popular and well-known artist, she’s already won two Billboard Music Awards and a Grammy. There is no doubt we’ll hear more amazing work from this talented young woman.
After a start on Broadway and two Nickelodeon television shows, Ariana quickly rose to fame with the release of her first solo album titled Yours Truly. This album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. Her style has been compared to Mariah Carey because of her vocal range. She has in a short time made a name for herself in the music industry and her accolades are proof she’s loved by her fans. She’s won the Music Business Association’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year, two American Music Awards, MTV Music Video Awards for both the U.S. and Europe and two Grammy nominations.
There simply is no doubt why she has the 4th most followed Instagram account. It should be noted also that at the age of 10, she founded a charity called Kids Who Care and has done remarkable work with her organization. Most recently she has collaborated with Mac Cosmetics to create a lipstick with all proceeds going to those affected by HIV and AIDS. She’s quite an amazing performer and philanthropist.