Females have often been left out of the conversation when it comes to the best singers of all time. It’s high time we give credit where credit is due and shine a spotlight on some of the most incredible black female singers of 2020.
In this list, we will be including both established and up-and-coming singers who are making a name for themselves in the music industry.
So, without further ado, here are 12 of the best black female singers of 2020.
1. Mickey Guyton
Mickey Guyton is right now one of the most talked-about black artists in the country music scene. Raised in Arlington, Texas, Guyton was exposed to music at a very young age.
After moving to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of becoming a country singer, Guyton released her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” in 2015. The song was a huge success, and it helped to put her on the map.
In 2020, Guyton continued to make waves with the release of her single, “Black Like Me.” The song is a powerful anthem about being a black woman in America, particularly in country music.
It was written in the wake of the George Floyd protests, and the Black Lives Matter movement. With its powerful message, the song further solidified Guyton as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry and even earned her first Grammy nomination.
As mentioned on Wikipedia, “Guyton decided to pursue a singing career after witnessing LeAnn Rimes perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the start of a Texas Rangers game”.
2. Megan Thee Stallion
Arguably the hottest black artist in the game right now, Megan Thee Stallion is taking the music industry by storm.
The 27-year-old rapper, singer, and songwriter who hails from Houston, Texas, first gained attention with the release of her song, “Stalli Freestyle,” which went viral on social media.
Thee Stallion followed up with the release of her first mixtape, “Fever,” in 2019 and the EP, “Suga,” in 2020. Both of these projects reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Thee Stallion’s biggest claim to fame came in 2020 with the release of her single, “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé. The song became an overnight sensation, and it helped to propel Megan Thee Stallion to new levels of success. The song charted on US Billboard Hot 100.
Thee Stallion is also known for her unique fashion sense and her love of hot Cheetos (which she often incorporates into her outfits).
3. Doja Cat
Dubbed as a skilled technical rapper by The Wall Street Journal, Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamin better known by her stage name Doja Cat signed her first joint record deal at the age of 17 with Kemosabe Records and RCA Records.
With which she released her debut extended play (EP), Purrr!, in 2014. Thanks to her SoundCloud success of the song “So High”, which caught the attention of these record labels.
This was followed by her debut studio album, Amala, in 2018. It featured her breakout single “Mooo!”, which went viral on social media as an internet meme, giving her mainstream success.
But it wasn’t until 2020 when Doja Cat would have her first number one song with the remix of her single “Say So”, which featured Nicki Minaj. The song went on to become an internet sensation, with the song’s accompanying dance challenge going viral on TikTok.
Normani has only been in the music industry for a few years, but she is already making a big name for herself. She has a unique style that combines R&B, pop, and hip-hop, and her voice is absolutely amazing.
A former member of the all-female group Fifth Harmony, Normani has been making a name for herself as a solo artist since 2017. Her debut single, “Love Lies” featuring Khalid, was released in early 2018 and quickly went viral, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified 5X platinum by RIAA.
In 2021, she released the song “Wild Side” that featured none other than Cardi B. The song debuted at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, cementing Normani’s place as one of the hottest young artists in music today.
5. Flo Milli
Another great artist who got her start after going viral on social media is Flo Milli. The 22-year-old rapper, singer, and songwriter first gained attention with the release of her song, “Beef FloMix.”
The song went viral on TikTok, giving her the initial boost she needed to get her career off the ground. In fact, the song was later certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) after selling over 500,000 copies.
And then she releases her debut mixtape, Ho, why is you here? in 2020. The mixtape featured the single “In the Party”, which is one of her break-out hits. The mixtape charted at number 78 on US Billboard 200 and was listed in Rolling Stones’ 200 Greatest Hip Hop Albums of All Time” (2022).
An unapologetically Black and body-positive artist, Lizzo has been making waves in the music industry since 2013 with her debut album, “LIZZOBANGERS”. But she truly broke into the mainstream with debut solo EP, “Coconut Oil”, which was released in 2016. The EP featured the single, “Good as Hell”, which peaked to number 31 on Billboard Top 200 Album chart.
She followed up with the release of her third studio album, “Cuz I Love You” in 2019. The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum by RIAA. The deluxe edition of the album featured the single, “Truth Hurts”, which went on to become one of the biggest songs of 2019, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The album also featured bug artists like Missy Elliott and Gucci Mane.
7. Summer Walker
One more young yet talented black artist on this list is Summer Walker. Before she was making music, she had a small cleaning business and even used to strip in order to make some extra money.
But everything changed when she released her debut single, “Girls Need Love” in 2018. The song quickly went viral, and it helped to launch her career.
But the breakthrough moment for Walker came in 2019 with the release of her debut album, “Over It” which featured big names like Drake, Usher, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. The album was an instant success, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 2.5 million copies. The album was also certified platinum by the RIAA.
8. Ari Lennox
Ari Lennox is the first artist to be signed by J. Cole’s record label, Dreamville Records. The 29-year-old R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist released her debut EP, “Pho” in 2016. Followed by her debut studio album, “Shea Butter Baby” in 2019. Which contains the title track, “Shea Butter Baby”, featuring J. Cole himself.
Since then, she has released several other successful singles, including “Whipped Cream” and “Pressure”. “Pressure” earned her first entry on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Besides, she hasn’t shared much about herself but the future is only looking bright for Ari Lennox as she is set to release her second studio album “age/sex/location” on 9th September 2022. Keep an eye out for this one!
9. Rubi Rose
Another fresh yet extremely talented black artist Rubi Rose first gained attention as the main model in Migos’ music video “Bad and Boujee”. Followed by her 2019 single “Big Mouth” and her first official mixtape “For The Streets” which was released in 2020 that featured Future, and PartNextDoor.
She has since been featured on songs with some of the biggest names in music including Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Cardi B. In 2021 she got her first entry in the popular Hip Hop magazine XXL.
Though she is just starting out in her career, her unique style, and fresh perspective, are sure to take her far ahead of the game.
Saweetie is killing it in the industry for a while now and is one artist you need to keep an eye out for.
The 29-year-old rapper, singer, and songwriter from California first came to prominence with the release of her single, “Icy Girl” in 2017.
Since then, she has been on a roll, releasing several other successful singles like “My Type”, “Tap In”, and “Best Friend” featuring Doja Cat.
Saweetie started writing music at the tender age of 13 and released her first mixtape, “High Maintenance” in March 2018. She is currently signed to Warner Records and is working on her debut studio album “Pretty Bit*h Music” which is scheduled to be released this year (2022).
Another cool artist who used the power of social media to make a name for herself. Chika is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama.
The first breakout came for her in 2018, after one of her freestyle that concerned Kanye West’s support for Donald Trump went viral on Twitter.
After that, she released her first single, No Squares”, in April 2019, which was followed by the release of her second EP, “Industry Games“, in November 2020.
Apart from her controversial music, she is also an activist, using her platform to talk about various social issues like mental health, race relations, and police brutality.
She also has Grammy Nomination under her belt and is featured in a Calvin Klein advertisement for her unique fashion sense.
12. Jhené Aiko
R&B is a gift from the black community that has blessed the world with some of the most beautiful and soulful music ever created. And Jhené Aiko is taking the genre to new heights with her unique sound and style.
The 34-year-old singer, songwriter, and record producer from Los Angeles first gained attention in the music industry as a member of the R&B group, B2K. But she truly made a name for herself with the release of her debut studio album, “Souled Out”, in 2014. An alternative R&B album with elements of psychedelic music, “Souled Out” debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by RIAA.
She followed up with the release of her second studio album, “Trip”, in 2017. The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured the singles, “While We’re Young” and “Never Call Me”.
Her recent album, “Chilombo”, is one of her finest works to date. Both a commercial and critical success, the album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum by RIAA.
What’s more, is that the deluxe edition of the album has appearances from icons like Nas, Snoop Dogg, and Wiz Khalifa.
These are just a few of the many talented black female singers that are making waves in the music industry right now. Be sure to check out their music because we are sure you will enjoy it.
We will be updating this page with more artists as they come to prominence, so keep an eye out for that. Till then, enjoy the music!