Up until the 2000s, music was a male-dominated industry. Women who tried to break into the music scene had to work, fight, and play harder than men to gain acceptance in this competitive field. And that’s why we celebrate them today.
The following is a list of the female artists who made a difference in music through the 1990s.
This indie pop artist was a member of the band The Sugarcubes for the better part of the 1980s, but she didn’t achieve stardom until she went solo. She started out by mixing electronic pop with jazz, classical, and hip-hop styles to produce a number of iconic melodies.
That, along with her ground-breaking videos directed by Spike Jonze and Michael Gondry, made her music stand out.
Polly Jean Harvey managed to release albums at the age of 23 without the help of a record label. Her most impressive work includes the hit ‘Dress’ (1991), but it was ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’ that made her famous. She drew inspiration from iconic artists like Bob Dylan.
Many contemporary artists refer to Lauryn Hill as the ‘Grand Dame’ of hip-hop – and they’re right. She’s most famous for her album ‘Miseducation,’ which combined reggae, soul, and hip-hop to address important social issues.
Above all, she is responsible for changing the image of women from sexualized objects to what they are today.
Courtney is a woman who is known for being unapologetic and uncompromising. She started out with a messy mop of hair, overdone makeup, and a unique dress code. But that didn’t stop fans from loving her distinctive musical style. Some have even described her as a ‘magnet for disaffected youth.’
These days, Love is a fulltime actress, mother, and pop music icon, although she has since toned down her outrageous appearance and fashion style.