Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female. The award was given out every year since the first annual Soul Train Music Awards in 1987, from 1989-1992 the award was known as R&B/Urban Contemporary Single – Female. When the Soul Train Music Awards returned in 2009 the categories of Best R&B/Soul Single – Female and Best R&B/Soul Album – Female were consolidated into the Best R&B/Soul Female Artist category. Anita Baker has won the most awards in this category, with a total of three wins.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Artist Single Ref
Anita Baker "Sweet Love" [1]
Whitney Houston "The Greatest Love of All"
Janet Jackson "What Have You Done for Me Lately"
Meli'sa Morgan "Do Me Baby"
Natalie Cole "I Live for Your Love" [2]
Janet Jackson "Pleasure Principle"
Jody Watley "Looking for a New Love"
Angela Winbush "Angel"
Anita Baker "Giving You the Best That I Got" [3]
Whitney Houston "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
Karyn White "Superwoman"
Vanessa Williams "The Right Stuff"


Year Artist Single Ref
Janet Jackson "Miss You Much [4]
Regina Belle "Baby Come to Me"
Vesta "Congratulations"
Karyn White "Secret Rendezvous"
Mariah Carey "Vision of Love" [5]
Anita Baker "Talk to Me"
Janet Jackson "Alright"
Lisa Stansfield "All Around the World"
Lisa Fischer "How Can I Ease the Pain" [6]
Natalie Cole "Unforgettable"
Whitney Houston "All the Man That I Need"
Patti LaBelle "Feels Like Another One"
Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" [7]
Mary J. Blige "Real Love"
Toni Braxton "Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
Vanessa Williams "Save the Best For Last"
Toni Braxton "Breathe Again" [8]
Oleta Adams "I Just Had to Hear Your Voice"
Whitney Houston "I Have Nothing
Janet Jackson "That's the Way Love Goes"
Anita Baker "Body & Soul" [9]
Brandy "I Wanna Be Down"
Toni Braxton "You Mean the World to Me"
Janet Jackson "Any Time, Any Place"
Whitney Houston "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" [10]
Mary J. Blige "I'm Going Down"
Brandy "Brokenhearted"
Monica "Like This and Like That" / "Before You Walk Out of My Life"
Toni Braxton "You're Makin' Me High" / "Let It Flow" [11]
Mary J. Blige "Not Gon' Cry"
Brandy "Sittin' Up in My Room"
Monica "Why I Love You So Much"
Erykah Badu "On and On" [12]
Aaliyah "One in a Million"
Mary J. Blige "Everything"
Monica "For You I Will"
Deborah Cox "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" [13]
Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)"
Janet Jackson (featuring Blackstreet) "I Get Lonely"
Kelly Price "Friend of Mine"


Year Artist Single Ref
Lauryn Hill "Ex-Factor" [14]
Mariah Carey (featuring Jay Z) "Heartbreaker"
Whitney Houston "My Love Is Your Love"
Chanté Moore "Chanté's Got a Man"
Yolanda Adams "Open My Heart" [15]
Erykah Badu "Bag Lady"
Mary J. Blige "Your Child"
Jill Scott "Gettin' In the Way"
Aaliyah "Rock the Boat" [16]
India.Arie "Video"
Alicia Keys "Fallin''"
Angie Stone "Brotha"
Ashanti "Foolish" [17]
Amerie "Why Don't We Fall in Love"
Erykah Badu (featuring Common) "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)"
India.Arie "Little Things"
Alicia Keys "You Don't Know My Name" [18]
Ashanti "Rain on Me"
Erykah Badu "Danger"
Beyoncé (featuring Jay Z) "Crazy in Love"
Alicia Keys "If I Ain't Got You" [19]
Beyoncé "Naughty Girl"
Ciara (featuring Petey Pablo) "Goodies"
Jill Scott "Golden"
Mariah Carey "We Belong Together" [20]
Keyshia Cole "I Should Have Cheated"
Alicia Keys "Unbreakable"
Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl"
Beyoncé "Irreplaceable" [21]
Mary J. Blige "Take Me As I Am"
Keyshia Cole "Love"
LeToya "Torn"


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