50 Women  Who Broke Barriers in the Music Industry


All the information and more is in this comprehensive review of some of entertainment’s most powerful figures. Here are 50 women who broke barriers in the Music Industry.

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald was known as “The First Lady of Song” for good reason. She won 13 Grammys, recorded more than 200 albums.

Billie Holiday  became one of the first Black women to work with a white orchestra when she toured with Artie Shaw in the late 1930s.

Marian Anderson

While she was unable to sing in some of the country’s most revered halls, Marian Anderson still wowed crowds—and even Eleanor Roosevelt—with her powerful voice.

Lakshmi Shankar was a popular Indian musician who was celebrated by fans in the West. She paved the way for artists like Krishna Bhatt and was a standout on the soundtrack for the film “Gandhi.”

Nina Simone

was known as the “High Priestess of Soul” for her melodic, poignant, and emotional music.

She won a record eight consecutive Grammys for best R&B vocal performance from 1967 to 1974.

Aretha Franklin

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