NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist

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This article lists the winners and nominees for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist. Beyoncé currently holds the record for most wins in this category with six.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

1980s[edit]

Year Artist Ref
1980
Dionne Warwick [1]
1981 – 82 N/A
1983
Aretha Franklin [2]
1984 – 85 N/A
1986
Anita Baker [3][4]
Whitney Houston
Janet Jackson
Patti LaBelle
1987
Aretha Franklin [5]
Whitney Houston
Phyllis Hyman
Stephanie Mills
Natalie Cole
1988
Natalie Cole [6][7]
Meli'sa Morgan
Miki Howard
Dianne Reeves
Brenda Russell
1989
Stephanie Mills [8][9]
Natalie Cole
Roberta Flack
Aretha Franklin
Patti LaBelle

1990s[edit]

Year Artist Ref
1990
Anita Baker [10]
1991 N/A
1992
Natalie Cole [11][12]
Whitney Houston
Anita Baker
Gladys Knight
Oleta Adams
1993
Vanessa Williams [13]
1994
Whitney Houston [14][15]
Aretha Franklin
Janet Jackson
Sade
Toni Braxton
1995 N/A
1996
Whitney Houston [16][17]
Anita Baker
Brandy
Mariah Carey
Vanessa Williams
1997
Toni Braxton [18]
Tracy Chapman
Natalie Cole
Chaka Khan
Vanessa Williams
1998
Erykah Badu [19]
Vanessa Williams
Toni Braxton
Mariah Carey
Mary J. Blige
1999
Lauryn Hill [20][21]
Aretha Franklin
Brandy
Patti LaBelle
Whitney Houston

2000s[edit]

Year Artist Ref
2000
Whitney Houston [22]
Mary J. Blige
Deborah Cox
Faith Evans
Monica
2001
Yolanda Adams [23]
Erykah Badu
Mary J. Blige
Toni Braxton
Jill Scott
2002
Aaliyah [24]
India.Arie
Janet Jackson
Alicia Keys
Jill Scott
2003
India.Arie [25]
Ashanti
Erykah Badu
Mary J. Blige
Missy Elliott
2004
Alicia Keys [26]
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Aretha Franklin
Heather Headley
2005
Fantasia [27]
Janet Jackson
Patti LaBelle
Queen Latifah
Jill Scott
2006
Alicia Keys [28]
Mary J. Blige
Toni Braxton
Mariah Carey
India.Arie
2007
Mary J. Blige [29]
Corinne Bailey Rae
Beyoncé
Fantasia
India.Arie
2008
Alicia Keys [30]
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Aretha Franklin
Jill Scott
2009
Beyoncé [31]
Mariah Carey
Jennifer Hudson
Alicia Keys
Rihanna

2010s[edit]

Year Artist Ref
2010
Mary J. Blige [32]
Whitney Houston
India.Arie
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
2011
Mary J. Blige [33]
Corinne Bailey Rae
Chrisette Michele
Rihanna
Sade
2012
Jill Scott [34]
Beyoncé
Mary J. Blige
Jennifer Hudson
Ledisi
2013
Alicia Keys [35]
Missy Elliott
Estelle
Tamela Mann
Elle Varner
2014
Beyoncé [36]
Mary J. Blige
India.Arie
Ledisi
Janelle Monáe
2015
Beyoncé [37]
Mary J. Blige
Jennifer Hudson
Alicia Keys
Ledisi
2016
Jill Scott [38]
Lalah Hathaway
Lauryn Hill
Janet Jackson
Jazmine Sullivan
2017
Beyoncé [39]
Fantasia
Alicia Keys
K. Michelle
Solange
2018
Mary J. Blige
Beyoncé
Andra Day
Ledisi
SZA
2019
H.E.R.
Andra Day
Janet Jackson
Ella Mai
Janelle Monáe

2020s[edit]

Year Artist Ref
2020
Beyoncé
Fantasia
H.E.R.
India.Arie
Lizzo
2021
Beyoncé [40]
H.E.R.
Jazmine Sullivan
Ledisi
Alicia Keys

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Wins[edit]

Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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