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Singer Kelly Rowland has had one hell of a year!

With her hit single “Motivation” and her upcoming album “Here I Am,” it’s safe to say that Kelly has been underrated, underestimated and overlooked as a legitimate R&B diva for far too long. 

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In a recent interview with MTV, rapper 50 Cent cited Kelly Rowland as being the “most underrated female soloist” in the game. 50 chit-chatted with MTV about his favorite up and coming new artists and Kelly Rowland definitely got him excited. 

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Kelly, who has been in the shadows of her good-friend Beyonce since the days of Destiny’s Child, hasn’t had it easy as a solo artist. Competing in a market where there seems to be only room for two or three top divas, Kelly has finally solidified her spot.

Kelly is uber-talented, sexy and a genuinely nice girl. Everyone, including her “sister” Beyonce, always speaks so highly of Kelly’s natural talents.

With Kelly taking a gig as a judge on the UK’s hit show X-Factor, it’s pretty apparent she’s moving her stardom to international status.

Since Kelly has been labeled as the “most underrated female soloist” by 50 himself, GlobalGrind rounded up 10 other artists who we believe are underrated.  

Our lists includes artists like The Weeknd and J.Cole and everyone in between. Take a look at our favorite underrated artists on the next few pages!


R&B singer The Weeknd is Toronto’s greatest hidden secret. If you haven’t listened to his music then you need to get on it. The Weeknd, who is good friends with rapper Drake, is set to hit the stage with the “I’m On One” rapper and Rick Ross on July 31st at the Oovoo Festival in Toronto.  


Singer McKenzie Eddy has been working with Dame Dash, but she’s great all on her own.  


R&B singer Trey Songz gets recognitionn for being the king of sex talk, but he’s often slept on musically. With the mixtapes he’s released of him rapping and singing, Trey Songz is definitely a musical contender.  


Rapper Yelawolf has been making slight waves on the music scene, but he still hasn’t received the recognition he deserves. After being signed by Eminem’s Slaughterhouse Records, we’re hoping that’s about to change really soon. 


Rapper J.Cole has a lot of good sh*t to share and is probably the most slept on rapper in the game.  


UK singer Ellie Goulding has been making waves in the pop world, but she should be causing a tsunami.  


Young Money’s only non-rapper Shanell is a really amazing singer. Despite being beautiful and sometimes the arm candy of Lil Wayne, Shanell has pipes of a classic R&B diva. 


Francis and the Lights is an amazing singer/songwriter who has worked with Ke$ha, Drake, Kanye West and MGMT.  


R&B diva Teedra Moses got the attention of R&B lovers back in 2004 with her hit songs “Be Your Girl” and “Backstroke.” Although she hasn’t had a mainstream hit, she hasn’t gone unnoticed. Turns out rapper Rick Ross is a huge fan of Teedra and signed her to his label Maybach Music Group. 

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