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African-American male singer-songwriters

The list "African-American male singer-songwriters" has been viewed 81 times.
This list has 283 members. See also American male singer-songwriters, African-American male singers, African-American singer-songwriters, African-American male writers, African-American male songwriters
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  • Chris Brown
    Chris Brown American, Singer
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    Christopher Maurice Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. According to Billboard, Brown is one of the most important African American singers ever, also being one of the all-time most successful R&B singers, sharing with singer R. Kelly the honorific nickname of "King of R&B". His musical style has been defined as polyhedric, with his R&B being characterized by several influences from other genres, mainly hip hop and pop music. His lyrics develop predominantly over the themes of sex, lovesickness, regret, romantic love, fast life, desire, and the difficulty of managing emotions.
  • Usher
    Usher American, Singer
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    rank #2 · WDW 982 753 381
    Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, businessman, and dancer. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. He released his self-titled debut album Usher (1994), and rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way (1997). It spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Nice & Slow", and the top-two singles "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way". His third album, 8701 (2001), produced the number-one singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad", as well as the top-three single "U Don't Have to Call". It sold eight million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002 and 2003.
  • Prince
    Prince American, Musician
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    rank #3 · WDW 468 207 206
    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. A guitar virtuoso known for his genre-crossing work, wide-ranging singing voice and flamboyant stage appearances, Prince is regarded as one of the greatest musicians of all time. His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. Prince pioneered the late 1970s Minneapolis sound, a funk rock subgenre drawing from synth-pop and new wave.
  • Lenny Kravitz
    Lenny Kravitz American, Singer
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    rank #4 · WDW 433 43 160
    Leonard Albert Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. His style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads.
  • Will.i.am
    Will.i.am American rapper
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    rank #5 · WDW 560 25 60
    William James Adams Jr. (born March 15, 1975), better known by his stage name will.i.am (pronounced "Will-I-am"), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, television personality and actor. He is the founding and lead member of the musical group Black Eyed Peas.
  • Jimi Hendrix
    Jimi Hendrix American, Guitarist
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    rank #6 · WDW 442 29 120
    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".
  • Lionel Richie
    Lionel Richie American, Musician
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    rank #7 · WDW 1k 22 58
    Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. His recordings with the Commodores and in his solo career made him one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.
  • Akon
    Akon Senegalese, Musician
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    rank #8 · WDW 98 725 143
    Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), also known mononymously as Akon, is a Senegalese-American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and actor from New Jersey. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up" (featuring Styles P), the first single from his debut album Trouble (2004), followed by the second single "Lonely".
  • Snoop Dogg
    Snoop Dogg American, Rapper
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    rank #9 · WDW 323 94 132
    Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg (previously Snoop Doggy Dogg and briefly Snoop Lion), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, media personality, and businessman. His fame dates to 1992 when he featured on Dr. Dre's debut solo single, "Deep Cover," and then on Dre's debut solo album, The Chronic. Snoop has since sold over 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide.
  • R. Kelly
    R. Kelly American, Singer
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    rank #10 · WDW 93 198 99
    Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer who has been convicted on racketeering and sex offender charges.
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