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Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality female vocal performances in the pop music genre
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1959
Last awarded 2011
Official website

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.

The awards had quite a convoluted history:

  • From 1959 to 1960 there was an award called Best Vocal Performance, Female, which was for work in the pop field
  • In 1961 the award was separated into Best Vocal Performance Single Record Or Track and Best Vocal Performance Album, Female
  • From 1962 to 1963 the awards from the previous year were combined into Best Solo Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1964 to 1968 the award was called Best Vocal Performance, Female
  • In 1966 there was also an award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance - Female
  • In 1967 the award from the previous year was combined with the equivalent award for men as the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance - Male or Female
  • In 1968 the previous award was once again separated by gender, with the female award called Best Contemporary Female Solo Vocal Performance
  • In 1969, the awards were combined and streamlined as the award for Best Contemporary-Pop Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1970 to 1971 the award was known as Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1972 to 1994 the award was known as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
  • From 1995 to 2011 it was known as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

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.


Year Performing artist Nationality Work Nominees Ref.
1959 Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald  United States Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook [1]
1959 Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald  United States "But Not for Me" [2]
Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald  United States "Mack the Knife" [3]
Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald  United States Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife [3]
1962 Garland, JudyJudy Garland  United States Judy at Carnegie Hall [4]
1963 Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald  United States Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson [5]
1964 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand  United States The Barbra Streisand Album [6]
1965 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand  United States "People" [7]
1966 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand  United States My Name Is Barbra
1967 Gormé, EydieEydie Gormé  United States "If He Walked into My Life Today"
1968 Gentry, BobbieBobbie Gentry  United States "Ode to Billie Joe" [8]
1969 Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick  United States "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
1970 Lee, PeggyPeggy Lee  United States "Is That All There Is?" [9]
1971 Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick  United States I'll Never Fall in Love Again [10]
1972 King, CaroleCarole King  United States Tapestry [11]
1973 Reddy, HelenHelen Reddy  United States "I Am Woman" [12]
1974 Flack, RobertaRoberta Flack  United States "Killing Me Softly with His Song" [13]
1975 Newton-John, OliviaOlivia Newton-John  Australia "I Honestly Love You"
1976 Ian, JanisJanis Ian  United States "At Seventeen" [14]
1977 Ronstadt, LindaLinda Ronstadt  United States Hasten Down the Wind [15]
1978 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand  United States "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" [16]
1979 Murray, AnneAnne Murray  Canada "You Needed Me" [17]
1980 Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick  United States "I'll Never Love This Way Again" [18]
1981 Midler, BetteBette Midler  United States "The Rose" [18]
1982 Horne, LenaLena Horne  United States Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music [18]
1983 Manchester, MelissaMelissa Manchester  United States "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" [18]
1984 Cara, IreneIrene Cara  United States "Flashdance... What a Feeling" [18]
1985 Turner, TinaTina Turner  United States "What's Love Got to Do with It" [18]
1986 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston  United States "Saving All My Love for You" [18]
1987 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand  United States The Broadway Album [18]
1988 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston  United States "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" [18]
1989 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman  United States "Fast Car" [18]
1990 Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt  United States "Nick of Time" [18]
1991 Carey, MariahMariah Carey  United States "Vision of Love" [18]
1992 Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt  United States "Something to Talk About" [18]
1993 lang, k.d.k.d. lang  Canada "Constant Craving" [18]
1994 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston  United States "I Will Always Love You" [18]
1995 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow  United States "All I Wanna Do" [18]
1996 Lennox, AnnieAnnie Lennox  United Kingdom "No More I Love You's" [18]
1997 Toni Braxton  United States "Un-Break My Heart" [18]
1998 McLachlan, SarahSarah McLachlan  Canada "Building a Mystery" [18]
1999 Dion, CelineCeline Dion  Canada "My Heart Will Go On" [18]
2000 McLachlan, SarahSarah McLachlan  Canada "I Will Remember You (Live)"
2001 Gray, MacyMacy Gray  United States "I Try"
2002 Furtado, NellyNelly Furtado  Canada "I'm like a Bird" [18]
2003 Jones, NorahNorah Jones  United States "Don't Know Why" [18]
2004 Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera  United States "Beautiful" [18]
2005 Jones, NorahNorah Jones  United States "Sunrise" [18]
2006 Clarkson, KellyKelly Clarkson  United States "Since U Been Gone" [18]
2007 Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera  United States "Ain't No Other Man" [18]
2008 Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse  United Kingdom "Rehab" [18]
2009 Adele  United Kingdom "Chasing Pavements" [18]
2010 Beyoncé  United States "Halo" [19]
2011 Lady Gaga  United States "Bad Romance" [20]

Category facts

Most Wins in Category
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Ella Fitzgerald
Barbra Streisand
Dionne Warwick
Whitney Houston
Sarah McLachlan
Bonnie Raitt
Norah Jones
Christina Aguilera
Total Wins 5 wins 3 wins 2 wins
Most Nominations
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Artist Barbra Streisand Mariah Carey
Linda Ronstadt
Peggy Lee
Ella Fitzgerald
Dionne Warwick
Sheryl Crow
Whitney Houston
Olivia Newton-John
Carly Simon
Christina Aguilera
Bonnie Raitt
Total Nominations 12 Nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations
Other facts
  • Beyoncé is the only artist in this category to have the same songs in differents versions nominated, with "Halo" studio version and live version. The studio version of this song won in 2010.
  • Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You" is the only live song that won this category.
  • Ella Fitzgerald is the most winner in consecutive years, with four.


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