Best R&B Artist - 2009
Readers' Choice: Prince
The members of Black Blondie, a foursome now whittled down to three ladies, are as much memorable musicians as they are characters. Singer Samahra, especially, makes her mark—channeling the spirit of Neneh Cherry circa "Buffalo Stance" when it comes to fashion and, when it comes to skills behind a mic, taking on a thankfully imperfect merging of Amy Winehouse and Sade. Sultry and soulful, funky and in-your-face, Black Blondie have been on a slow but steady rise to the top of the Minneapolis music scene since their 2005 debut. Without a doubt, this slick triad will be an act to watch in the coming year, especially with the April release of their debut, Do You Remember Who You Wanted to Be?