This blog features the best-selling and hottest female entertainers in the music business ever. These ladies all have soul, style, finesse and millions of dollars to prove it. They are divas, chart-toppers and have millions of screaming fans in sold-out arenas all across the world. Along with that, these ladies have contributed to many charities, gave back to their communities and thanked God for their many blessings being the women that they are. I consider them our sisters and queens. We are often imitated and underestimated through many trials and tribulations. Where there is no pain, there is no gain.
This entry is based solely on musical talent, record sales, contributions, longevity as a solo artist, not personal innuendos, drama, mistakes and also it's based on the artist's "CURRENT" popularity. Here is my top five R&B/Pop/Hip-Hop's baddest chicks and V.I.P. artist:
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Alicia Key's live performance with Jay-Z:
The #1 position goes to ALICIA KEYS. How did I choose Alicia Keys? Alicia has proven to be a multi-talented artist of all sorts throughout many years. Born Alicia Augello Cook (January 25, 1981), she is an artist, actress, musician and more. She is one of the most beautiful famous people out there. Her many occupations include singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, composer, music video director, poet, author and multi-instrumentalist. She tears of the keyboards, piano and vocals. Alicia keys also plays the bass, cello, guitar and synthesizer. She has been active in the music business since 1985.
Alicia Keys has sold more than 30 million plus albums worldwide and counting. She has been nominated for a NAACP Image Award and won multiple Grammy Awards. Keys attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16 as valedictorian. Keys also attended Columbia University. With all this talent and intelligence, Alicia Keys earned my #1 spot! Check her out at: www.aliciakeys.com
Latest Hit performed live: "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart"
MARIAH CAREY (born March 27, 1970) is also an American singer, actress, producer and songwriter. After a bitter divorce and separation from Tommy Motola in 1997 at Sony Records, Mariah is still hot! Can you say over 175 million plus albums, singles and videos worldwide? That's awesome!! Mariah also suffered a public reported physical & emotional breakdown and also was dropped from a major record label. Mariah was named best-selling female pop artist of the Millenium in 2000 at the World Music Awards. She has the most #1 singles by a solo artist ever in the United States besides the Beatles. People don't often think about this when listening to her music. That's pretty d---n impressive! She is the second most successful female artist, behind Madonna, in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Mariah Carey also has her own perfume fragrance. Check her out at www.mariahcarey.com This is Mariah Carey below live:
One of "FORBES" Magazine richest entertainers and most electrifying performers in the business is none other than, "BEYONCE" Knowles. Born Beyonce' Giselle Knowles, September 14, 1981. She rose to fame in the early 90's with the group Destiny's Child. Beyonce' is a singer, actress, record producer, songwriter and model. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is married to Hip-Hop Icon Jay-Z. Beyonce' has sold over 100 million albums combined with her group sales and won numerous awards.
In 2009, Forbes listed Knowles fourth on its list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the world, third on its list of the top-grossing musicians, and number one on the list of top Best-Paid Celebs Under 30 with over $87 million dollars in earnings between 2008 and 2009. With a range of commercial deals, beauty products and perfumes, anyone can see how she made Forbes list easily. Several more years in the business as a solo artist, Beyonce will definately be a #1 candidate for me in showbiz.
Also, check out her latest fragrance in a store near you. Visit www.beyonceonline.com and www.beyonce.com
Next is the Queen of Hip-Hop/R&B Soul! It's MARY J. B-L-I-G-E. Blige's life of pain and woes has helped contributed to her being an entertainment phenonemom. She lets it all out through her works!! Reports of sexual abuse by a family member, drug and alcohol addiction, witness of physical abuse and a victim of it in her own personal life, this is a woman who is a true "soldier". Born January 11, 1971 in the boogie down Bronx of New York, she is the second of four children.
In 1989, Blige became the former, Uptown Records first and youngest female artist. She was signed by CEO Andre Harrell. Blige has sold at least 48 million records worldwide. Check her out at: www.mjblige.com
PIC BELOW: MARY J. BLIGE WITH ANDRE HARRELL
MARY J. B-L-I-G-E performing live (below) at President Obama's Neighborhood Ball
WHITNEY HOUSTON has sold more than 170 million records worldwide, overcame drug-addiction and a divorce to singer Bobby Brown. Born Whitney Elizabeth Houston, August 9, 1963. She is ranked the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States by the Recording Industry Association. Whitney was born into musical talent along with having legendary singer Aretha Franklin as a godmother. Whitney is also an actress and former fashion model. Her single, "I Will Always Love You" became one of the best selling singles in music history. Whitney is the first female artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard top 200. Way to go Whitney!! She has so many credits under her belt, I would have to spend an entire blog dedicated solely to Whitney Houston. Talk show host queen Oprah Winfrey, even cried when Whitney was a guest recently. Check out the latest at: www.whitneyhouston.com
BEFORE I CLOSE THIS OUT, SPECIAL RECOGNITION GOES OUT TO THE BADDEST & HOTTEST PERFORMER ON THE PLANET, CIARA!! a.k.a. CEE-CEE
Born Ciara Princess Harris in Austin, Texas in 1989. Ciara later moved to Atlanta, G.A. and met hit Producer Jazze Pha. There, she would officially arrive on the music scene. Hot, stylish, sexy, unique, Ciara can dance her azz off! I would put her up against any other top female performer.
In 2004 Ciara released her debut album Goodies which spawned the number one hits "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step", selling over five million copies worldwide and certified triple platinum in the United States. The album earned her four nominations at the 2004 Grammy Awards. In 2006, she released her second album, Ciara: The Evolution which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and included the hits "Get Up" and "Promise". Her third album Fantasy Ride released in May 2009, included the worldwide top ten hit single "Love Sex Magic" with Justin Timberlake which earned her a nomination at the 52nd Grammy Awards for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals". Since making her musical debut in 2004, Ciara has attained five Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles including a number one. Prior to the release of her third album, Ciara has sold over seven million albums worldwide, and as of June 2010, she has sold more than 4.3 million albums and 6.9 million digital tracks in the United States alone.
Ciara can give it to you slow, fast and acrobatic live on stage! Check her out below and "Gimme Dat" from her "Basic Instinct" album that drops December 14, 2010.
Ciara - live performance in New York August 2010. Fellas & some of you freaky ladies, fasten your seatbelt. You are about to go on a wild ride!!
Ciara - "Gimme Dat"
Here you have it, my triumphant 5 and special V.I.P.! Their success is what little girls dream of.