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Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys are no doubt R&B divas but without the hard work from the ones who came before them we think they would not have gained their success. So we salute the “Original R&B Divas” for Black Music Month.

The Original R&B Divas was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Diana Ross

Diana Ross

2. Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

3. Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight

4. Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman

5. Patti Labelle

Patti Labelle

6. Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton

7. Anita Baker

Anita Baker

8. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

9. Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack

10. Vesta Williams

Vesta Williams

11. Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick

12. Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

13. Tina Turner

Tina Turner

14. Tammi Terrell

Tammi Terrell
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