The Grammys are here again, and as we wait at the edge of our seats to see which of our favorite divas will walk away with the grand prize this year, we're taking a look at the fabulous Black women who have won the prestigious award in years past, from Rihanna and Ella Fitzgerald to Beyoncé and Diana Ross. Take a look back in Black history with our favorite female Grammy winners.
The Bajan singer is a eight-time Grammy winner. Her last win came in 2014 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "The Monster" with Eminem.
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Beyonce has taken home 20 Grammys, including “Song of the Year” for 2009’s “Single Ladies.” In 2013 she is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Love on Top." During the 2014 Grammys, Queen Bey took home 3 awards for Best Surround Sound for her album Beyoncé, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for "Drunk in Love."
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Sade has won four Grammys, including “Best New Artist” in 1986, and “Best R&B Performance” for “Soldier of Love” in 2011.
Keys has won 15 Grammys, including “Best R&B Song” for “Fallin’” in 2002, Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Empire State Of Mind,” with Jay-Z in 2011 and Best R&B Album for Girl on Fire
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India.Arie has won four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for 2003’s “Voyage to India” and Best Pop Collaboration" for 2011’s “Imagine.”
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Modern soul sister and poet Jill Scott won a Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for her song, “Cross My Mind.” She added two more Grammys to her collection in 2005 for the George Benson & Al Jarreau collaboration “God Bless The Child” and in 2008 for Lupe Fiasco’s “Daydream.”
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Miss Jackson has won five Grammys, including “Best Music Video – Long Form” for “Rhythm Nation 1814” and “Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist” in 2001.
Jennifer Hudson won a Best R&B Album Grammy for her self-titled debut album in 2009.
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Mary J Blige
The Queen of Hip Hop Soul has won nine Grammys, including “Best R&B Album Grammy” for her 2006 album, “The Breakthrough” and “Best Contemporary Album” for 2009’s “Growing Pains.”
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Brandy and Monica
Brandy and Monica’s 1998 hit, “The Boy Is Mine” earned them a Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Grammy.
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A 14-time nominee, Wright won for “Best Rhythm & Blues Song” in 1975 for the song “Where Is The Love?"
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The 90s supergroup won two Grammys, including Best R&B Album for 1995’s “CrazySexyCool”
Legendary songstress Chaka Khan is joining us again to shut down the Main Stage as only she can.
The legendary singer has won 14 Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement award in 1967.
Washington won a “Best Rhythm & Blues Performance” Grammy in 1959 for “What A Diff’rence A Day Makes”
Opera singer Leontyne Price has won 18 Grammys, including “Best Classical Performance – Vocal Soloist.”
Gospel great Mahalia Jackson won four Grammys, including “Best Gospel Performance” in 1976.
Jazz legend Nancy Wilson has taken home three Grammys, including “Best Vocal Jazz Album” for 2007’s “Turned to Blue.”
Warwick has won five Grammys in her illustrious career.
The Queen of Soul has won 18 Grammys in her 50-year career.
Whitney has received six Grammy awards, including 1987’s “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” for “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
The Gospel great has won 11 Grammys, including Best Soul Gospel Performance for “Put Your Hand In The Hand Of The Man From Galilee”
Flack has won four Grammys, including Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo for her collaboration with Donny Hathaway.
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The soul band won seven Grammys, including Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for “Midnight Train To Georgia”
Cole has won 9 Grammys, including “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” for her album, “Unforgettable,” featuring her father, Nat King Cole.
Horne won two Grammys in her legendary career.
The Queen won a Best Rap Solo Performance Grammy for her classic, “U.N.I.T.Y.”
Turner has won eight Grammys.
The singer has received 4 Grammy wins.
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The Pop songstress has won five Grammys, including Best Pop Vocal Performance for her debut album, “Vision Of Love”
The legendary singer has 5 Grammy Awards
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Lady Marmalade herself has taken home two Grammys.
The “Another Sad Love Song” singer has won seven Grammys.
Badu has won four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for her debut album, “Baduizm”
Hill made a splash with her debut album, “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill,” which earned her five Grammys.
"The Songtress" has taken home 8 Grammy Awards.
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CeCe has taken home 10 Grammys including three with her brother BeBe.
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CiCi has one Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video for "Lose Control."
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Gospel singer Yolanda Adams has won a total of four Grammys, including Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album for her album, Mountain High…Valley Low.
The Gospel singing sister duo has four Grammys to call their very own! As a solo artist, Erica Campbell (left) has two Grammys.
Eve’s 2001 hit “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” featuring Gwen Stefani won the female rapper her first Grammy award, although it is argued that Eve should have been credited on the Grammy for the Roots’ “You Got Me,” which she contributed vocals to.
Ashanti took home the Best Contemporary R&B Album for her debut project Ashanti in 2002.
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Lil' Kim & Mya
in 2001 Lil’ Kim and Mya won their first Grammy award for their collaboration with Christina Aguilera and Pink on “Lady Marmalade.”
Missy Elliott currently holds four Grammy awards for “Get Ur Freak On,” “Scream a.k.a. Itchin,” “Work It” and “Lose Control.”
In 2008 Etta James won the “Grammy Hall of Fame” award for “The Wallflower” and “At Last.” The legendary blues and soul singer has also received a “Lifetime Achievement” award and an award for her album “Blues To The Bone.”
The mother of the late Whitney Houston has two Best Traditional Gospel Album Grammys.
Surprisingly R&B singer Irma Thomas has only earned one Grammy in her 45-year-spanning career. In 2007 she was recognized with the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” award for her record “After the Rain.”
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The daughter of Donny Hathaway has scored two Grammy wins including Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2013 and 2014, respectively.