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Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius

Sporting a sweet soprano that flows like a babbling brook, “The Songstress” makes R&B music that’s as refreshing as a cool glass of water.

Beyoncé

The incomparable superstar continues to build on an already formidable catalog with irresistible music that reaches a worldwide audience.

Keri

Hilson

Ms. Keri Baby said No Boys Allowed, but the real men are listening. When she invites you to rock with the pretty girls, you’ll love every minute of it.

Jennifer

Hudson

The American Idolstandout burst on the scene in 2004 and has since collected both a Grammy and an Oscar on her way to achieving legendary status.

Rihanna

Say it Loud: This Bajan pop princess made it cool to be edgy and bold with her latest run of chart-topping hits.

Chris

Brown

Look at him now! Singer/dancer/actor Chris Brown crooned his way up the charts once again with his latest hit album, F.A.M.E.

Cee-Lo

Green

The charismatic singer/rapper delivered one of the year’s biggest hits with the ubiquitous smash “Forget You.”

Bruno

Mars

Born in Hawaii and now based in L.A., the singer/songwriter/producer topped the charts in 2010 with melodic hits like “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade.”

Trey

Songz

More than just a sex symbol, this R&B hitmaker is providing his generation’s soundtrack with jams like “I Invented Sex” and “Bottoms Up.”

Usher

Signed to a recording contract since he was 14, Usher reached new heights with his sixth album, dropping hits that had the whole world saying “OMG” all over again.

Diamond

With a steady stream of icy-cold mixtapes, this Crime Mob alumnus held her own among the boys in the ATL.

Cymphonique

Master P’s daughter proves that there really is no limit to the talent in the Miller family.

Lola Monroe

This Washington, D.C–bred beauty made the leap from video vixen to MC look easy.

Nicki Minaj

The first lady of Young Money lived up to all the hype with her certified-platinum debut, Pink Friday. Now a nation of “Barbies” has got her back.

B.o.B

The guitar-strumming Atlanta MC raised his profile to another level with the ubiquitous single “Nothin’ on You,”featuring Bruno Mars.

Drake

Drizzy transitioned from mixtape sensation to breakout talent to bona-fide hip hop superstar with the release of his certified-platinum debut, Thank Me Later.

Lil Wayne

The self-professed “Best Rapper Alive” has also proved to be one of the most prolific, unleashing more stellar music in anticipation of his forthcoming album, Tha Carter IV.

Rick Ross

The Miami rap star proved once again that he’s a force to be reckoned with. Besides a slew of high-profile collaborations, Ross dropped the street anthem “B.M.F (Blowin’ Money Fast).”

Kanye West

Yeezy continued to alter the hip hop soundscape with an avant garde approach on his critically acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Far Away”

Marsha Ambrosius

This heartrending video tackles contentious social issues, highlighted by Ambrosius’ poignant delivery throughout.

“Airplanes”

B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams of Paramore

The sky’s the limit as the ATL rapper aims for the stars in this inspiring visual treatment.

“Look at Me Now”

Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

It’s an amped-up affair as C. Breezy enlists the services of energy gods Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes in this colorful clip.

“Pretty Girl Rock”

Keri Hilson

Behold Ms. Keri Baby’s tribute to great female entertainers who paved the way for women like her—in the music business and in the world.

“Whip My Hair”

Willow Smith

This exuberant party anthem comes to life as Willow whips fans into a frenzy with fun, colorful visuals.

“Runaway”

Kanye West ft. Pusha T

Yeezy constructs a work of art in this ambitious video, a luxe mini-movie that tells the tale of a phoenix fallen to Earth.

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