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Esperanza Spalding--- is a jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions.She has won 4 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards,making her the first jazz artist to win the award

Mary J. Blige - Nine Grammy awards, eight multi-platinum albums, “The Queen Hip Hop and R & B”, considered to be one of the most influential women in music in the last 25 years.

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Aretha Franklin -- The Queen of Soul has won a total of 18 Grammy awards, sold 75 million records worldwide, and was the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You also only need to say her first name and everyone knows who you are talking about! Women Icons in the 60s. Aretha is 71 these days (soon to be 72).

Janelle Monae has made my Bad Asses list because she can sing her heart out and keep her clothes on.

American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist: Eunice Kathleen Waymon "NINA SIMONE" (February 21, 1933–April 21, 2003) IMAGE: Nina Simone performing at Ronnie Scott's, London 9 January 1984.