Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Awarded forquality female vocal performances in the pop music genre
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1959
Last awarded2011

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 award has 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 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.


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
One-time nominee Rickie Lee Jones
Year Performing artist Work Nominees Ref.
1959 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook [1]
1960 Ella Fitzgerald "But Not for Me" [2]
Ella Fitzgerald "Mack the Knife (Live)" [3]
Ella Fitzgerald Ella in Berlin: 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]
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