1. Ariana Grande
The 20-year-old singer has the voice of an angel. She was on Broadway when she was fifteen, starred- and sang- on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, and her debut album, Yours Truly, went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart.
Her performance at the 2013 AMAs was stellar.
She got a standing ovation from GaGa. That’s big, y’all.
Queen Bey rules the world with her catchy tunes, stellar fashion, and fierce dancing, but her voice is the driving force behind it all, and it’s a force to be reckoned with.
Bey absolutely killed it with “If I Were A Boy” at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
3. Ed Sheeran
This 22-year-old has been performing and producing EP’s since he was 14. He has been nominated for consecutive Grammys and has an album coming out this year.
This video of Ed singing “Give Me Love” shows how multi-talented he is.
He uses a loop pedal to create pure magic.
And this performance proves that a ginger British boy can have serious rapping skills!
“You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” plus a bevy of other songs.
BONUS: Rasta Ed
4. Lady Gaga
These days, it’s her outlandish fashion and boundary-pushing videos and performances that get her the most attention, but, underneath the special effects and synthesizers, Mother Monster really can sing.
This emotional performance of “Speechless” is absolutely stunning.
5. Lea Michele
Before she was on Glee, Lea Michele was performing on Broadway. Her voice has only gotten better across the years, and her debut album is set for release this month.
This is Lea flawlessly singing “My Man” at a tribute to Barbra Streisand.
6. Kelly Clarkson
She was the first American Idol- need I say more? Her three octave range is remarkable.
This outdoor performance of “Sober” showcases her incredible range.
7. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars (real name: Peter Hernandez) is one of the biggest names in music today, and, with the smooth voice that he has, he deserves it. Some people have even compared him to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
This performance of “When I Was Your Man” sounds even better than the studio version.
As Ellen said, this was the only performance of this song on television- and it was great.
8. Demi Lovato
Most Disney kids are known for being pretty mediocre, but Demi has an incredibly strong voice that tends to sound better live than it does edited.
This performance of her breakthrough hit “Skyscraper” far exceeds the expectations of a typical “Disney girl.”
9. Jessie J
Jessie J hasn’t had much airplay in the US yet- remember her hit “Price Tag?”- but her vocals are HUGE. She was a classmate and collaborator of none other than Adele when they were in school.
This video was recorded in a bathroom and still sounds better than most edited songs.
Her vocal control is amazing.
10. Miley Cyrus
Hate on her if you will, but once you get past her antics and away from her forced rap-esque style, she can really sing.
Her performance of “Wrecking Ball” on SNL was a pleasant surprise for fans and critics alike.
And Miley gets even better when you take her back to her country music roots.
Anyone else hear the Dolly Parton influence?
If you want to hear more great Miley vocals, listen to her cover an Arctic Monkeys song.
11. Justin Bieber
Hey, he didn’t rise to fame for nothing. His pre-fame YouTube videos are proof that he can really belt it.
This stripped-back performance of “As Long As You Love Me” reaffirms why Bieber became a star in the first place.
Even with the awkward rap section.
12. Carrie Underwood
Carrie is another American Idol who has been able to make her career last, and that fact is due to her powerhouse voice.
This medley of some of Carrie’s hits shows just how strong her voice is.
P!nk has been in the news recently for her crazy aerial performances, but the singer has been performing for about 15 years now, both in a group (girl-band Choice) and, more successfully, as a solo artist.
There is nary a sour note in this acoustic performance of “Who Knew.”
14. Adam Lambert
Though he didn’t win his season of American Idol, Adam has proved time and time again that he has a phenomenal voice - he even replaced Freddie Mercury on tour with Queen in the recent past.
Adam’s vocals are absolutely on point in this performance of “What Do You Want From Me”
15. Christina Aguilera
Previous Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera has been stunning the world with her voice since the ’90s. She cemented her status as a vocal powerhouse by producing hits like “Genie in a Bottle,” “Beautiful,” and “Ain’t No Other Man” and by winning multiple Grammy awards.
This performance of “Hurt” is truly extraordinary.
Her style isn’t for everyone, but there is no denying her talent.
Her style has evolved since her debut in the mid 2000s, but RiRi has proved that she is a fantastic singer underneath all that attitude.
This performance of “Take A Bow” shows off the vocals that got her noticed when she was just 17.
17. Alicia Keys
Her stage name is an homage to her prowess on the piano, but her vocal ability is just as noteworthy. The multi-Grammy award winning songstress has been in the spotlight since she was 20 years old.
Alicia shows off both her piano-playing ability and incredible voice in this performance of “If I Ain’t Got You.”
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