Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

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Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Awarded forquality female vocal performances in the pop music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2011
Currently held by Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance" (2011)
Website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance was a Grammy Award recognizing superior vocal performance by a female in the pop category, the first of which was presented in 1959. It was discontinued after the 2011 Grammy season. The award went to the artist. Singles or tracks only are eligible.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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The award has had quite a convoluted history:

The award was discontinued in 2012 in a major overhaul of Grammy categories. From 2012, all solo performances in the pop category (male, female, and instrumental) were shifted to the newly formed Best Pop Solo Performance category.

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.


Recipients

Ella Fitzgerald was the first recipient of the Award, in total she was a five-time award winner and fourth consecutive award winner. Ella Fitzgerald (1940).jpg
Ella Fitzgerald was the first recipient of the Award, in total she was a five-time award winner and fourth consecutive award winner.
Twelve-time nominee received the most nominations in this category, including five-time award winner Barbra Streisand Barbra-streisand07.jpg
Twelve-time nominee received the most nominations in this category, including five-time award winner Barbra Streisand
Eight-time nominee, including one-time award winner Mariah Carey Mariahangels.jpg
Eight-time nominee, including one-time award winner Mariah Carey
Seven-time nominee, including three-time award winner Dionne Warwick Dionne Warwick 20030603.jpg
Seven-time nominee, including three-time award winner Dionne Warwick
Six-time nominee, including three-time award winner Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Welcome Heroes 7 cropped.JPEG
Six-time nominee, including three-time award winner Whitney Houston
Six-time nominee, including one-time award winner Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow 002.jpg
Six-time nominee, including one-time award winner Sheryl Crow
Six-time nominee, including one-time award winner Olivia Newton-John Olivia Newton-John Sydney 2008.jpg
Six-time nominee, including one-time award winner Olivia Newton-John
Five-time nominee, including two-time award winner Christina Aguilera Christina Aguilera Sanremo.jpg
Five-time nominee, including two-time award winner Christina Aguilera
Four-time nominees, including two-time award winner Sarah McLachlan Sarah McLachlan 29 July 2010.jpg
Four-time nominees, including two-time award winner Sarah McLachlan
Three-time nominee, including two-time award winner Norah Jones Norahjonesongma.jpg
Three-time nominee, including two-time award winner Norah Jones
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Adele Adele 2016.jpg
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Adele
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Kelly Clarkson Kelly Clarkson live in Sudbury 2011.jpg
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Kelly Clarkson
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Nelly Furtado. She is the last Canadian winner and nominee. Nelly Furtado Rock im Park 2006 Zoomin.jpg
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Nelly Furtado. She is the last Canadian winner and nominee.
Six-time nominee Carly Simon Carly Simon - 1978.jpg
Six-time nominee Carly Simon
2011 winner for Bad Romance, Lady Gaga The Monster Ball - Bad Romance revamped12.jpg
2011 winner for Bad Romance, Lady Gaga
Four-time nominee Pink Pink 3.jpg
Four-time nominee Pink
Three-time nominee Katy Perry Katy Perry @ Campo Pequeno 01.jpg
Three-time nominee Katy Perry
Two-time nominee Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper2 cropped.jpg
Two-time nominee Cyndi Lauper
Two-time nominee Sara Bareilles Sara Bareilles at the Warfield.png
Two-time nominee Sara Bareilles
One-time nominee Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones at 3 Rivers.jpg
One-time nominee Rickie Lee Jones
YearPerforming artistWorkNomineesRef.
1959 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook [1]
1960 Ella Fitzgerald "But Not for Me" [2]
1961
(Single)
Ella Fitzgerald "Mack the Knife (Live)" [3]
1961
(Album)
Ella Fitzgerald Mack the Knife [3]
1962 Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall [4]
1963 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson [5]
1964 Barbra Streisand The Barbra Streisand Album [6]
1965 Barbra Streisand "People" [7]
1966 Barbra Streisand My Name Is Barbra
1967 Eydie Gormé "If He Walked into My Life Today"
1968 Bobbie Gentry "Ode to Billie Joe" [8]
1969 Dionne Warwick "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
1970 Peggy Lee "Is That All There Is?" [9]
1971 Dionne Warwick I'll Never Fall in Love Again [10]
1972 Carole King Tapestry [11]
1973 Helen Reddy "I Am Woman" [12]
1974 Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly with His Song" [13]
1975 Olivia Newton-John "I Honestly Love You"
1976 Janis Ian "At Seventeen" [14]
1977 Linda Ronstadt Hasten Down the Wind [15]
1978 Barbra Streisand "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" [16]
1979 Anne Murray "You Needed Me" [17]
1980 Dionne Warwick "I'll Never Love This Way Again" [18]
1981 Bette Midler "The Rose" [18]
1982 Lena Horne Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music [18]
1983 Melissa Manchester "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" [18]
1984 Irene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling" [18]
1985 Tina Turner "What's Love Got to Do with It" [18]
1986 Whitney Houston "Saving All My Love for You" [18]
1987 Barbra Streisand The Broadway Album [18]
1988 Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" [18]
1989 Tracy Chapman "Fast Car" [18]
1990 Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time [18]
1991 Mariah Carey "Vision of Love" [18]
1992 Bonnie Raitt "Something to Talk About" [18]
1993 k.d. lang "Constant Craving" [18]
1994 Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" [18]
1995 Sheryl Crow "All I Wanna Do" [18]
1996 Annie Lennox "No More I Love You's" [18]
1997 Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart" [18]
1998 Sarah McLachlan "Building a Mystery" [18]
1999 Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" [18]
2000 Sarah McLachlan "I Will Remember You (Live)" [18]
2001 Macy Gray "I Try" [18]
2002 Nelly Furtado "I'm Like a Bird" [18]
2003 Norah Jones "Don't Know Why" [18]
2004 Christina Aguilera "Beautiful" [18]
2005 Norah Jones "Sunrise" [18]
2006 Kelly Clarkson "Since U Been Gone" [18]
2007 Christina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" [18]
2008 Amy Winehouse "Rehab" [18]
2009 Adele "Chasing Pavements" [18]
2010 Beyoncé "Halo" [19]
2011 Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" [20]

Category facts

Most Wins in Category
Rank1st2nd3rd
Artist Ella Fitzgerald
Barbra Streisand
Dionne Warwick
Whitney Houston
Sarah McLachlan
Bonnie Raitt
Norah Jones
Christina Aguilera
Total Wins5 wins3 wins2 wins
Most Nominations
Rank1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
Artist Barbra Streisand Peggy Lee
Linda Ronstadt
Mariah Carey
Ella Fitzgerald Olivia Newton-John
Dionne Warwick
Carly Simon
Whitney Houston
Sheryl Crow
Bonnie Raitt
Christina Aguilera
Donna Summer
Celine Dion
Madonna
Pink
Sarah McLachlan
Joni Mitchell
Total Nominations12 Nominations8 nominations7 nominations6 nominations5 nominations4 nominations
Other facts
Ella Fitzgerald American jazz singer

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

Barbra Streisand American singer, actress, writer, film producer, and director

Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. In a career spanning six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and has been recognized with two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and nine Golden Globes. She is among a small group of entertainers who have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award – though only three were competitive awards – and is one of only two artists in that group who have also won a Peabody.

Mariah Carey American female singer-songwriter

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she is noted for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style, and signature use of the whistle register. She rose to fame in 1990 after signing to Columbia Records and releasing her eponymous debut album, which topped the US Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks. Soon after, Carey became the first and only artist to have their first five singles reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions".

Contemporary (R&R) Performance

In 1966 the Recording Academy established a similar, but different, category in the Pop Field for Best Contemporary (rock & roll) Performances. The category went through a number of changes before being discontinued after the 1968 awards.

The Grammy Awards in the Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance categories were awarded in 1966, 1967 and 1968. They appeared in different guises at the Grammy's, aimed at male and female soloists and duos/groups. The Recording Academy used these categories to distinguish contemporary or rock 'n' roll recordings from traditional pop recordings, which had their own Best Pop Vocal Performance categories for male and female soloists and for duos or groups.


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