VH1 To Crown ‘The 100 Greatest Women In Music’

Published: Wednesday 1st Feb 2012 by Rashad

Seems like divas are everyone’s talk.  For, much like That Grape Juice, VH1 is on a quest to crown ‘the ultimate diva’  and (based on fan votes) tally up the 100 greatest women of music history.  The survey comes as their second – the first saw acts Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner take the number 1 and 2 spots respectively while acts like Madonna and Billie Holiday filled out the top 10.

As with most ‘best of’ collections however, much fan uproar encouraged the music channel to redo and revamp their original listing.  With 6 categories – “All Time”, “90s”, “80s”, “Pop”, “Rock”, and “Hip Hop/R&B” – VH1 is introducing a more comprehensive compilation of divas to include, unlike their original survey, more contemporary performers.

With singer acts like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce facing off against legends Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Barbara Streisand, Madonna, and more, the results should be more than interesting.  As the first of the series’ week long airing starts February 13th, fans must hurry before voting closes.

Will your fave land on top?  Click here to vote!

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  1. Jeremyryan February 1, 2012

    JANET…..JANET…..JANET

  2. ousha February 1, 2012

    mariah beyonce janet all i care about

  3. SHESDUMB ♥ PRINCE, JANET & GAGA February 1, 2012

    JANET #1

    RIHANNA AND NICKI MINAJ BETTER BE 99 AND 1Q0.

  4. Legendtina4Life February 1, 2012

    vh1 lost their credibilaty after that awful 100 Greatest Artist of All Time list. If Nicki Minaj is anywhere on that list……

  5. That’s just my baby daddy February 1, 2012

    Lol @ ri & Minaj better be 99 & 100
    Anywho ,although being a ultimate bey fan .. I will go with Janet as the ultimate diva . Honey Bee will be in the top 5 🙂

  6. LTM February 1, 2012

    they will most likely put newer artist like Katy, Rihanna, GaGa, and possibly Ke$ha in the 80-100 section. Britney, Christina, Alicia, Mariah, Mary J, and Beyonce will probably be in the 60-20 section. I predict the top 20 will be filled with legends like Cher, Madonna, Janet, Aretha, Etta, Patti, and Janice Joplin.

  7. LTM February 1, 2012

    if Nicki is on the list…….

  8. AmbeRussell February 1, 2012

    wow great way to start a stan war vh1. of todays artist, akeys, beyonce, lady gaga, britney, and christina i can see placing, madonna, diana, janet, celine, aretha, patti, tina, chacka, m.c. whitney i can see being the past ppl. lauryn hill, MAYBE lil kim, they might throw nicki in there, tlc as a whole, mary j. n there is amy, etta, adele, fiona, alanis, cidy lauper, gwen, maybe rihanna, n of course many others since it is 100 of ALL TIME. but ppl dont start a dumb ass stan war bc it is pointless as this is just a show that on a channel that no longer play a lot of music. n also, bc they are HOT now, compared to some1 who was HOT in the past is a difference. i mean katy is hot now. but that is after 4 yrs. toni isnt hot now, but was hot n the it rnb girl for YEARS. from 92-00 n came back strong after each break. just an example that u cant judge based on what we see now bc xtina looks bad now as far as a career, but whole career looks totally different. where as we r just seeing 3 yrs of gaga or katy or nicki vs the older ppl who careers were just as big in those 3 yrs like those girls.
    amberussell on youtube
    http://www.youtube.com/user/AmbeRussell?feature=mhee

  9. ThatBoyLuke February 1, 2012

    The sad thing is that this list is just gonna be voted by tweens with no knowlege or rational thinkin so the top is gonna be populated with trash like Nicki, Katy and Gaga…

  10. Jay February 1, 2012

    LOL at the Janet stans. There is no way Janet will be above Madonna, Mariah or Whitney. She wont even make the top 10

  11. Dollar$ign$kills February 1, 2012

    Well if fans can vote Ima vote for Ke$ha so shes in the top 20 just to p*** stans off lmao. These VH1 list are all jokes.

  12. Lee February 1, 2012

    i vote for Beyonce all the way!

  13. Tristan February 1, 2012

    Brandy!

  14. THEBANK$ February 1, 2012

    JANET IS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS THAT SHAPED WOMEN’S MUSIC. IF YOU DON’T KNOW JANET WAS ONE OF THE ONLY FEMALES ON MTV DURING THAT ERA.. #RESEARCH

  15. Nichole February 1, 2012

    Here comes vh1 with one of their ridiculous list.

    Number one will be Aretha as always.

    So predictable.

    Mariah will probably come in at number 99 with Beyonce, and co in the top 20. Lol. Such a joke.

  16. BAA February 1, 2012

    KING B, MARIAH, TINA, ARETHA, MADONNA, JANET, WHITNEY, CELINE, PATTI, SHANIA ALL TOP 10!

  17. Kingphoenix February 1, 2012

    Their gonna choose either Madonna or Whitney…My money is on Madonna though, she probably brought the spot for promo for MDNA.lol…We all know Beyonce deserves it though, no body works harder!

  18. Lax February 1, 2012

    The list supposed to have 100 artist
    where are the other artist?????????

  19. Anne February 1, 2012

    Madonna & Beyonce fans vote!

  20. TWITTER.COM/SEAN_IS_ROYALTY February 1, 2012

    JAY

    YOU SEEM PRESSED BOO? NO D*** IN 2012 SO FAR? LOL

  21. Songscribe February 2, 2012

    Lol @ one janet stan above, apart from shaping her boobs, tummy and b*** what music did janet shape. Where where the likes of Whitney, Aretha, Patti, Tina. Janet was riding off her brother’s success, not to mention the choreographies tht looked MJish. She cant sing her way out of a bath tub for Jermaine’s sake. I like janet and she is just a likable woman with tht inner beauty. She is fine in the top 40 on the list owing to her success.

    I think Rihanna should feature on that list, people should stop trying to ignore her success when they apparently hum her tunes all day long. Brandy and Monicah should also grace the list together with the 80s and 90s divas

  22. Bader February 2, 2012

    britney, janet and aaliyah (rip)

  23. BLAH February 2, 2012

    LMAO @ RIHANNA EVEN BEING ON THE LIST…. HORRIBLE LOL AND YES I AGREE WITH YOU @THATBOYLUKE THESE PEOPLE THESE DAYS ARE OBSESSED WITH THIS PATHETIC GENERATION OF GENERIC ARTIFICIAL MUSIC, I, NOT EVEN GOING TO TAKE THIS LIST SERIOUS AT ALL AND I DOUBT ANY (MATURE) PEOPLE WILL AS WELL, NOTHING BUT DUMB KIDS ARE GONNA VOTE ANYWAY SO WHAT DOES IT MATTER.

  24. A February 2, 2012

    Janet is the most ifluential female artist. From Aliyah to Beyonce to Ciara to TLC, Janet influenced all of them.

  25. Bey is legend February 2, 2012

    The whole thing is invalid because they’ve put it to public vote which means today’s popular artists will come out on top. Easiest analogy is this; consider a male version, Justin bieber would come out on top. This stupid list will make no sense in 10 years time. Personally i dont know why they feel the need to crown “greates female artist of all time”. A heap of rubbish if u ask me, im not wasting my valuable time voting fo

  26. Minajesty February 2, 2012

    Lauryn Hill is the queen of hip hop

    • LIONEL August 20, 2012

      no she’s not missy elliot is the queen of hip hop

  27. @SRU_Principal February 2, 2012

    SONGSCRIBE – Janet Jackson did more than just physically define her amazing body. Her music was so eclectic with mixtures of R&B, Rock-influences and New Jack Swing. Saying Janet cannot sing is a brash and neurotic. Janet’s voice is very much so comparable to Michael Jackson’s, who’s voice, which isn’t so “powerful” but the right simple melodic tones. Everyone will not sing like Whitney, Jennifer Hudson, or Patti. Then again, who wants to hear that type of music all the time which is why we have successful artists like Janet Jackson. For those who claim or even would think Janet was leeching from the success of Michael, why weren’t the other siblings as successful? Janet made two albums prior to “Control” which just happened to be one of her most successful because of her independent stance in this record industry. Then “Rhythm Nation”… a socially conscious album that talked about racism, sexism, violence, child abandonment, education and more. No female has sold more album talking about such subjects. Then “janet.” which was simply titled without her last name was declaring her arrival as a woman with the most eclectic sound from rock, opera, hip-hop, jazz, and soul. Janet choreography is iconic and in it’s own lane. Hence, the first MTV Icon. For you not to know any of this makes anything you say irrelevant.

    And, for you to mention Rihanna… Rihanna is emulating the s*** out of Janet’s career. If you haven’t noticed… Rihanna isn’t the strongest singer in the world but her music is great; she makes hits. But not only is Rihanna making a lot of the similar music, she’s emulating the style of Janet’s sexiness, erotism, style and etc in her music and performing efforts.

  28. sara February 2, 2012

    Keri hilson is the best artist we have seen since michael jackson janet alliyah and neyo.

  29. Army Of Queen Aaliyah February 2, 2012

    Aaliyah, Mariah, Lil Kim, Janet

    #Deal

  30. 14T33 February 2, 2012

    DESTINY´S CHILD!!!!!!!!

  31. Steffon February 2, 2012

    Brandy, Beyonce, Toni Braxton, Monica

  32. KINGOFHEARTS February 2, 2012

    Madonna, Beyonce, Mariah Carey

  33. KINGOFHEARTS February 2, 2012

    @SARA you must be joking.

  34. bam bam February 2, 2012

    Aaliyah, Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, Janet, Lauryn, Jill, Toni, Brandy, Monica, Alicia, so many choices

  35. JohnVidal February 2, 2012

    Oh I´m tired of these lists they are always so ridiculous, no credibility at all. Specially knowing retarded teens will be voting for crap

    Just one more thing, i truly respect Janet and all, but there are too many delusional Janet stans on TGJ. She is nowhere near the Whitney, Barbra, etc status. Just ask any person in the whole wide world

  36. keshon February 2, 2012

    if yall didnt look at the bar on vh1 who’s ahead of every one shes winning with 97% beyonce why?????????? cause she bad

  37. JohnVidal February 2, 2012

    @keshon
    If that is true then this is more ridiculous than what I thought 🙂

  38. geeeeeesssss February 2, 2012

    aliyah?
    what
    did
    she
    do
    besides
    depart
    early?

    • LIONEL August 20, 2012

      u dumbass she inspired many current musicians like brandy, monicas,rhianna, mary j blige and even past musicians such as janet jackson, lil kim, toni braxton, jojo, with her vocal abilities and dance moves

  39. Theman February 2, 2012

    Mariah Carey based on hits hits,impact sales. No one else is even close. Pattia and Aretha aren’t close, may’be as far as being influential. But this list is from 90-12. Mariah is first in that span…………

  40. Aaron February 2, 2012

    TLC gonna be in the top 10 for sure

  41. ck February 2, 2012

    Worst list ever where the hell is Whitney Houston

  42. Dane February 2, 2012

    Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Brandy & Monica!

  43. JohnVidal February 2, 2012

    @geeeeeesssss
    That´s what I always say on here but it seems there are lots of fans here in TGJ. Not to mention she was always a local act

    @Theman
    What? It´s only from 1990 and on??? Then MARIAH is just the winner, no other has a chance

  44. commanderofthedancefloor February 2, 2012

    Just so everyone knows my list is completely Bias!!! lol

    1. Cher
    2. Mariah Carey
    3. Madonna
    4. Cyndi Lauper
    5. Whitney Houston
    6. Donna Summer
    7. Pat Benatar
    8. Etta James
    9. Patti Labelle
    10. Tina Turner
    20. Britney Spears
    30. Beyonce
    40. Christina Aguilera
    50. Rihanna

  45. commanderofthedancefloor February 2, 2012

    ^^^^^^^^

    taking into consideration the amount of time each has been out!!!!!

  46. hello kitty February 2, 2012

    Aaliyah Janet & Beyonce!!!!!!……………….

  47. Pucci February 2, 2012

    I don’t care whose #1… I think I will enjoy this speical.

  48. irene46 February 2, 2012

    @ amberussell…

    why are you claiming christina still looks bad career wise? her ‘burlesque’ movie was somewhat of a success, the soundtrack has been on bb 200 chart for a year or more, the maroon 5 ‘mlj’ single where she’s featured was # 1 off and on for a total of 6 or 7 weeks and in the top 15 for more than 20 weeks on the bb hot 100 charts. she’s been invited to do tributes to the most legendary artists, aretha, mj, the latest being etta and she’s one of the stars of a highly successful tv show.

    this negative image is continously perpetrated by the media to be eaten up by the gullible who don’t realize or don’t care that it[‘s no more than shade to try and keep her from getting the shine she deserves. because press refuses to give her any focus doesn’t make her a failure. i like is said, t’s all about the shade.

    to prove my point the media and tgj considers jlo a shining star even though her cd ‘love’ sold less than christina’s ‘bionic’ and she hasn’t made a movie any more successful than ‘burlesque’ in years.

  49. irene46 February 2, 2012

    @ commandorofthedancefloor…

    it’s obvious that your list seems biased toward your faves and not talent based since you placed christina at 40 and britney at 20. is everyone ever going to finally admit that britney is not even a ghost of her teen queen days. they’re so in love with her it’s just impossible to let go.

  50. barbeez February 3, 2012

    Um why is nicki on the list? shes a one hit wonder with horrible music and hasnt done anything amazing to be on this list.

  51. Nora February 5, 2012

    Why didn’t they mention Mariah Carey?!?!
    A.K.A. Best selling female artist of all time!!
    A.A.K.A. Solo artist w/ the most #1 singles ever!!
    Really? How can you not mention her??
    If anything she should definitely be #1 on the list! She beats every other artist stat. wise! But since this is being voted on the results are gonna be b*******. -___-

  52. TJack February 6, 2012

    Can we all say it together BEYONCE, then everybody else no but really Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Aaliyah, Anita Baker, Barbara Streisand, Gladys Knight, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Missy Elliot and Jenifer Hudson all need to be in like the top 20 maybe not in that order though.

  53. LIONEL August 20, 2012

    are u kiddingme? WHITNEY , JASNET , MARY , CHRISTINA, PINK R WAY BETTER THAN ADELE AND LADY GAGA

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