We are counting down 22 2022 top female artists who made history during the year.
On the top of the charts is long standing gospel artist CeCe Winans. Oct. 18, Winans, 58, became the first Black female soloist to win Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards. The long-standing artist paved the way for new artists like Anne Wilson. Wilson’s My Jesus made recent label history scoring the largest debut week in more than 15 years by a Capitol Christian Music Group-signed new artist.
Singer Solange Knowles also marked history with the New York City Ballet.
She composed her first score for the ballet’s latest season. Knowles marked the first Black woman in history to do so.
Her sister Beyonce made history a family affair in 2022. This year she claimed her spot as the most nominated artist of all time (tied at 88 with her husband Jay-Z), and in the process she became the all-time most nominated artist for Record of the Year. Will she win that coveted prize for the first time this year?
Rihanna added to the Tidal wins as the richest female musician. As well as the first billionaire to come out of Barbados, her home country, reported Forbes. The country honoured her achievements in December by bestowing her with a special award. she successfully used her pop celeb status to leverage her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line and Savage x Fenty lingerie line to a $1.7 billion business.
Taylor Swift claimed another Tidal dominating 2022 music history makers as the first musical artist to completely take over the top 10 spots of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She beat out Drake’s record of nine from past September, when his album Certified Lover Boy came out.
JHud claimed a great year with the first season of her show, The Jennifer Hudson Show. In June Jennifer Hudson made history as the Youngest-Ever EGOT Winner.
LATTO manifested 777, and it worked. In 2022 she claimed a HISTORical spot AS THE FIRST FEMALE RAPPER TO HAVE A #1 RECORD AT POP, RHYTHM AND URBAN RADIO WITH HER HIT SINGLE “BIG ENERGY”
Doja Cat has become the first woman with three simultaneous top 10s all in a lead role on the Rhythmic Airplay chart. She currently claims the #1 song on the chart with her Tyga collaboration called ‘Freaky Deaky.’ Elsewhere, her song ‘Woman’ places at #6 and her most recent single – ‘Get Into It (Yuh)’ – can be found at #9.
Moreover, she is now only the fourth woman to achieve three simultaneous top 10.
Furthermore, on her 30th birthday, Belcalis “Cardi B” Almánzar received a huge gift — her two singles, ” Bodak Yellow” and “I Like It” featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, are now 11 times certified Platinum.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Atlantic Records confirmed the news on Tuesday (Oct. 11) with a sweet birthday tweet to the Grammy-winning rapper.
“Happy Birthday @iamcardib! Congrats on becoming the first female rapper to have TWO @RIAA certified 11x platinum singles with “Bodak Yellow” and “I Like It,” the label tweeted.
SZA’s SOS has hit No.1 on the Billboard 200 Chart for a second week. According to Billboard, the singer’s sophomore album has raked in an additional 180,000 equivalent units during the week of Dec. 22, 2022.
With the new feat, SZA’s SOS has become the first album by a Black female artist to land at No. 1 in its first two weeks since Beyoncé’s self-titled album was released in 2013.
Ashanti has become the first Black female artist to be a co-founder of a Web3 company, Complex reports. This was after the R&B singer partnered with EQ Exchange, a woman-owned Web3 platform.
“EQ Exchange would like to officially welcome [Ashanti] to the family!,” the Web3 company posted on Instagram. “We’re ecstatic to be partnering with such a force in the music industry. Ashanti, a Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum music veteran, is the first Black woman owner of a music NFT company. She continues to lead the charge as the future of the music industry and we’re grateful to be on this journey with her.”
During a statement concerning her work with EQ Exchange, Ashanti said it was important that she gets the message out that artists should own their intellectual property. “By empowering myself through new technology, I’m trying to help other women avoid going through the things that I’ve been through. The future belongs to those who take control and make it their own.”
In January, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot shared that she is now the first female rapper to achieve six-platinum certified albums.
Megan the Stallion THE HOUSTON RAPPER IS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO COVER THE PUBLICATION’S 30 UNDER 30 ISSUE.
In addition to art, producer and actress Selena Gomez made history as She is the second Latina to be nominated in the category in the 74-year history of the Emmy Awards.
She follows in the footsteps of Salma Hayek, who was nominated for Fox’s “Ugly Betty” in 2007.