The Grammy Awards are this Sunday, and the show is sure to wow with strong musical performances from women like Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and Nicki Minaj. There's something enchanting about the way a powerful female performer can command an audience with her emotional depth and vocal range. While good (or intriguing) looks don't hurt either, these women did not make a career by solely shaking their moneymaker on stage. They are rock 'n' roll chic and incredibly talented performers. Check out these 15 women who totally rock and learn why we love them. And share your favorite lady rockers in the comments!
Debbie Harry aka Blondie became a punk icon almost immediately out of high school.
Why We Love Her: Deborah Harry may be pushing 70, but she continues to perform and kill it on stage today. If you get a chance, you've got to check her out.
You may not know Ellie Goulding yet, but you should get used to hearing this up-and-comer's name.
Why We Love Her: Ellie doesn't have to overcompensate for her talent with style that's over the top; her talent speaks volumes for itself.
Joan Jett was one of The Runaways until she set out on her successful solo career. She hit the airwaves hard with hits like "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "Bad Reputation."
Why We Love Her: Talk about being comfortable in your own skin! Joan has always been unapologetic for what people think of her.
Erykah Badu has been called the queen of neo-soul. She's often been called a modern Billie Holiday; I think that's a pretty fitting description.
Why We Love Her: Erykah's lyrics challenge listeners with their highly personal, emotional, philosophical, and political content. There's no bridge she won't cross.
Patti Smith is a singer-songwriter, artist, poet, and mother. In the days of CBGB, Patti was a starving artist turned megastar. Find me someone with a cooler story than Patti Smith. Seriously.
Why We Love Her: Patti's signature style made androgyny work for women. She also chronicled her incredible story in the best-selling memoir Just Kids.
When Florence and the Machine's song "Dog Days Are Over" first hit the airwaves a few years ago, it rocked our socks off. Now the fiery-haired English singer Florence Welch is a well-known name among music lovers everywhere.
Why We Love Her: She's elegant. She's edgy. She's awesome.
Aretha has won 20 Grammys and was the first female singer to be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Why We Love Her: Aretha is, was, and will always be the original diva.
Her kooky onstage antics and crazy lyrics made Iceland's Björk an international success.
Why We Love Her: After a tsunami struck Southeast Asia in late 2004, Björk worked on a recording project to raise money for a relief fund. She was able to donate more than $410,000.
Joan Baez started off touring as a folk singer with Bob Dylan, but her distinctive voice and symbolic lyrics have made her a household name.
Why We Love Her: Joan has been a proponent of peace-loving antics since the 1960s and continues to fight for freedom today.
Everyone knows about Madonna's legacy. She's sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time by The Guinness Book of World Records.
Why We Love Her: Before everyone was trying to one-up each other for who could dress crazier, Madonna made expressing yourself and being weird cool.
Lauryn got her start in the Fugees with a voice that has a richness and intensity that stops you in your tracks. You may also remember how she stole the show in Sister Act II with Whoopi Goldberg.
Why We Love Her: Even though she has her hands full with six kids, we are so happy to see Lauryn touring.
In the 1960s, Janis's bluesy vocal style rose to stardom with Big Brother & The Holding Company. She was a force to be reckoned with and changed the game for women everywhere.
Why We Love Her: Janis has had a profound influence on many of the powerful voices we love today. And the song "Piece of My Heart" is without a doubt the coolest song to play on a dingy bar's jukebox.
If Mariah's voice wasn't enough to put her on this list, she was the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart at the same time.
Why We Love Her: There's no child of the '90s who doesn't remember Mariah's pop hits like "Dreamlover," "Fantasy," and "Honey."
Stevie was the frontwoman for the chart-topping band Fleetwood Mac and was named "The Reigning Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" by Rolling Stone in 1981.
Why We Love Her: Stevie overcame a brutal addiction and continues to make ethereal music with timeless lyrics we continue to swoon over today. If you have any doubts, listen to this demo of "Gypsy."