Hot Hair: The Evolution of Blondes in Black Music

Mary J. Blige went back to blonde for a cameo on Empire. Judging from her return golden tresses and artists like Nicki Minaj and Beyonce, it's clear that blonde is the thing right now. But it's not a new thing. Ever since Etta James and Mary Wells took to the stage rocking voluminous platinum wigs, sunny strands have been a huge trend among black musicians. In honor of Women's History Month, we're taking a look back at the history of blondes in music.

Jolie A. Doggett Mar, 11, 2015

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Etta James set a zillion trends with her Jayne Mansfield-inspired, platinum curls.

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The Motown songstress always looked chic in her huge, honey blonde bouffant.

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Marvin Gaye’s favorite collaborator was cute-as-a-button in her back-combed and teased amber tresses. ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough,’ indeed!

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For a brief, shining moment in the late-Seventies, Aretha dyed her hair a luminous strawberry blonde shade. Love the topknot!

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For “part two” of her storied career, Tina Turner sported this super-iconic, totally teased, frosted blonde wig.

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The “Saturday Love” singer channeled 1930’s-era sirens with her rippling, sun-kissed waves.

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In the mid-Nineties, Mary J. Blige gave blonde hair a tough, street chic makeover. We're excited to see her blonde 'do tonight on Empire.

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1998 Mariah Carey

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In her heyday, Lil Kim always made an entrance in a brightly colored wig — but her favorite was this shocking, white-blonde hue. Legendary!

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Despite the skin-tight ensembles and short platinum curls, Eve was one of the Nineties’ hardest emcees.

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The lead singer of TLC, T-Boz’s asymmetric golden ’do is almost as legendary as her gravelly voice.

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Before RiRi was the world’s most famous redhead, she was an edgy blonde with the most-copied haircut of the moment.

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In her short career, Keri Hilson has had black hair, brown tresses, streaked strands — and now she’s a platinum blonde, and we live for it!

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Nicki Minaj commands attention wherever she goes in her dayglo yellow, Rapunzel wigs.

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Beyonce adds depth to her sun-kissed strands with luminous, buttery-blonde highlights. Gorgeous!

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Diva on the loose! The youngest Braxton sister has always been one to stand out from the crowd and her long blonde hair certainly helps her pop. 

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K. Michelle went through quite a transformation of the tresses in 2013. She went from long candy apple red curls to a sleek blonde pixie that we're loving.

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R&B songstress Ciara rocking the perfect baby bump-blonde bob combo.

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Keke Palmer is owning her grown and sexy with a sleek bronze 'do.

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Yasss honey for the honey blonde waves! Mary J. Blige is turning up the heat on Empire with a return to her blonde days.


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