37: Melanie Fiona – Powerful Women of 2013
In the past few years, Melanie Fiona went from being a newbie R&B singer who was trying to make it to a two-time Grammy winner. Not too bad for this 29-year-old straight out of Canada.
She started her career in a girl group but then joined The Renaissance, where Drake was already a member. After playing the Toronto club scene, she was signed as a solo artist to SRC Records and Universal Motown in 2007. She joined Kanye West on tour and met Jay-Z, who signed her to a management deal with Roc Nation.
Releasing 'The Bridge' in 2009, her single, 'It Kills Me,'was at the top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Rap Songs for 10 weeks and nabbed a Grammy nod for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2011. While she didn't win that year, she did win two Grammys -- Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song -- for 'Fool for You', the song she did with Cee Lo Green.