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The Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance is the latest in a series of awards recognizing superior vocal performance by a female in the pop category, the first of which was presented in 1959. The award goes to the artist. The awards have 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 known as 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
  • Since 1995 it has been awarded as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

In the years where more than one award was presented (1961, 1966, 1968), both are listed on separate lines.

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



Year Winner Nominations
2010 TBD


Year Winner Nominations
2009 Chasing Pavements performed by Adele
2008 Rehab performed by Amy Winehouse
2007 Ain't No Other Man performed by Christina Aguilera
2006 Since U Been Gone performed by Kelly Clarkson
2005 Sunrise performed by Norah Jones
2004 Beautiful performed by Christina Aguilera
2003 Don't Know Why performed by Norah Jones
2002 I'm like a Bird performed by Nelly Furtado
2001 I Try performed by Macy Gray
2000 I Will Remember You performed by Sarah McLachlan


Year Winner Nominations
1999 My Heart Will Go On performed by Celine Dion
1998 Building a Mystery performed by Sarah McLachlan
1997 Un-Break My Heart performed by Toni Braxton
1996 No More I Love You's performed by Annie Lennox
1995 All I Wanna Do performed by Sheryl Crow
1994 I Will Always Love You performed by Whitney Houston
1993 Constant Craving performed by k.d. lang
1992 Something to Talk About performed by Bonnie Raitt
1991 Vision of Love performed by Mariah Carey
1990 Nick of Time performed by Bonnie Raitt


Year Winner Nominations
1989 Fast Car performed by Tracy Chapman
1988 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) performed by Whitney Houston
1987 The Broadway Album performed by Barbra Streisand
1986 Saving All My Love for You performed by Whitney Houston
1985 What's Love Got to Do with It performed by Tina Turner
1984 Flashdance... What a Feeling performed by Irene Cara
1983 You Should Hear How She Talks About You performed by Melissa Manchester
1982 Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music performed by Lena Horne
1981 The Rose performed by Bette Midler
1980 I'll Never Love This Way Again performed by Dionne Warwick


Year Winner Nominations
1979 You Needed Me performed by Anne Murray
1978 Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen) performed by Barbra Streisand
1977 Hasten Down the Wind performed by Linda Ronstadt
1976 At Seventeen performed by Janis Ian
1975 I Honestly Love You performed by Olivia Newton-John
1974 Killing Me Softly with His Song performed by Roberta Flack
1973 I Am Woman performed by Helen Reddy
1972 Tapestry performed by Carole King
1971 I'll Never Fall in Love Again performed by Dionne Warwick
1970 Is That All There Is? performed by Peggy Lee


Year Winner Nominations
1969 Do You Know the Way to San Jose performed by Dionne Warwick
1968 - Vocal "Ode to Billie Joe" performed by Bobbie Gentry
1968 - Contemporary Solo Vocal "Ode to Billie Joe" performed by Bobbie Gentry
1967 If He Walked into My Life Today performed by Eydie Gorme
1966 - Vocal My Name Is Barbra performed by Barbra Streisand
1966 - Contemporary R&R Vocal I Know a Place performed by Petula Clark
1965 People performed by Barbra Streisand
1964 The Barbra Streisand Album performed by Barbra Streisand
1963 Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson performed by Ella Fitzgerald
1962 Judy at Carnegie Hall performed by Judy Garland
1961 - Album Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife performed by Ella Fitzgerald
1961 - Single Mack the Knife performed by Ella Fitzgerald
1960 But Not for Me performed by Ella Fitzgerald
  • Porgy and Bess performed by Lena Horne
  • Alright, Okay performed by Peggy Lee
  • Broadway '59 performed by Pat Suzuki
  • La Starda del Amore performed by Caterina Valenta


Year Winner Nominations
1959 Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook performed by Ella Fitzgerald

Category Facts

  • Most Wins in Category
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Artist Barbra Streisand
Ella Fitzgerald
Dionne Warwick
Whitney Houston
Christina Aguilera
Norah Jones
Sarah McLachlan
Bobbie Gentry
Bonnie Raitt
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
Pink Christina Aguilera
Bonnie Raitt
Total Nominations 12 Nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 4 nominations 3 nominations

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