Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
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
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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:

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.


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
Eight-time nominee, including one-time award winner Mariah Carey
Seven-time nominee, including three-time award winner Dionne Warwick
Six-time nominee, including three-time award winner Whitney Houston
Six-time nominee, including one-time award winner Sheryl Crow
Six-time nominee, including one-time award winner Olivia Newton-John
Five-time nominee, including two-time award winner Christina Aguilera
Four-time nominees, including two-time award winner Sarah McLachlan
Three-time nominee, including two-time award winner Norah Jones
Two-time nominee, including one-time award winner Adele
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.
Six-time nominee Carly Simon
Four-time nominee Madonna
Four-time nominee Pink
Three-time nominee Katy Perry
Two-time nominee Cyndi Lauper
Two-time nominee Sara Bareilles
Year Performing artist Work Nominees Ref.
1959 Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook [1]
1960 Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald "But Not for Me" [2]
Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald "Mack the Knife" [3]
Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife [3]
1962 Garland, JudyJudy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall [4]
1963 Fitzgerald, EllaElla Fitzgerald Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson [5]
1964 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand The Barbra Streisand Album [6]
1965 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand "People" [7]
1966 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand My Name Is Barbra
1967 Gormé, EydieEydie Gormé "If He Walked into My Life Today"
1968 Gentry, BobbieBobbie Gentry "Ode to Billie Joe" [8]
1969 Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick "Do You Know the Way to San Jose"
1970 Lee, PeggyPeggy Lee "Is That All There Is?" [9]
1971 Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick I'll Never Fall in Love Again [10]
1972 King, CaroleCarole King Tapestry [11]
1973 Reddy, HelenHelen Reddy "I Am Woman" [12]
1974 Flack, RobertaRoberta Flack "Killing Me Softly with His Song" [13]
1975 Newton-John, OliviaOlivia Newton-John "I Honestly Love You"
1976 Ian, JanisJanis Ian "At Seventeen" [14]
1977 Ronstadt, LindaLinda Ronstadt Hasten Down the Wind [15]
1978 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" [16]
1979 Murray, AnneAnne Murray "You Needed Me" [17]
1980 Warwick, DionneDionne Warwick "I'll Never Love This Way Again" [18]
1981 Midler, BetteBette Midler "The Rose" [18]
1982 Horne, LenaLena Horne Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music [18]
1983 Manchester, MelissaMelissa Manchester "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" [18]
1984 Cara, IreneIrene Cara "Flashdance... What a Feeling" [18]
1985 Turner, TinaTina Turner "What's Love Got to Do with It" [18]
1986 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "Saving All My Love for You" [18]
1987 Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand The Broadway Album [18]
1988 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" [18]
1989 Chapman, TracyTracy Chapman "Fast Car" [18]
1990 Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt "Nick of Time" [18]
1991 Carey, MariahMariah Carey "Vision of Love" [18]
1992 Raitt, BonnieBonnie Raitt "Something to Talk About" [18]
1993 lang, k.d.k.d. lang "Constant Craving" [18]
1994 Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" [18]
1995 Crow, SherylSheryl Crow "All I Wanna Do" [18]
1996 Lennox, AnnieAnnie Lennox "No More I Love You's" [18]
1997 Toni Braxton "Un-Break My Heart" [18]
1998 McLachlan, SarahSarah McLachlan "Building a Mystery" [18]
1999 Dion, CelineCeline Dion "My Heart Will Go On" [18]
2000 McLachlan, SarahSarah McLachlan "I Will Remember You (Live)" [18]
2001 Gray, MacyMacy Gray "I Try" [18]
2002 Furtado, NellyNelly Furtado "I'm like a Bird" [18]
2003 Jones, NorahNorah Jones "Don't Know Why" [18]
2004 Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera "Beautiful" [18]
2005 Jones, NorahNorah Jones "Sunrise" [18]
2006 Clarkson, KellyKelly Clarkson "Since U Been Gone" [18]
2007 Aguilera, ChristinaChristina Aguilera "Ain't No Other Man" [18]
2008 Winehouse, AmyAmy Winehouse "Rehab" [18]
2009 Adele "Chasing Pavements" [18]
2010 Beyoncé "Halo" [19]
2011 Lady Gaga "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 6th
Artist Barbra Streisand Peggy Lee
Linda Ronstadt
Mariah Carey
Ella Fitzgerald
Dionne Warwick
Olivia Newton-John
Carly Simon
Whitney Houston
Sheryl Crow
Bonnie Raitt
Christina Aguilera
Donna Summer
Celine Dion
Sarah McLachlan
Total Nominations 12 Nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations 4 nominations
Other facts


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