Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys are no doubt R&B divas but without the hard work from the ones who came before them we think they would not have gained their success. So we salute the “Original R&B Divas”!

1. Anita Baker

2. Diana Ross

3. Aretha Franklin

4. Gladys Knight

5. Chaka Khan

6. Patti Labelle

7. Minnie Riperton

8. Whitney Houston

9. Roberta Flack

10. Dionne Warwick

11. Natalie Cole

12. Tina Turner

13. Tammi Terrell