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The Nineties The mid-1990s also heralded the "rebirth" of Rhythm & Blues, though the result was much mellower and slower than the R&B of The Sixties and The Seventies with artists like Babyface, R. Kelly, Gerald Levert, Boys II Men and En Vogue. o There was also "New Jack Swing," a melding of R&B and hip-hop created by Teddy Riley that, for better or worse, paved the way for Hip Hop /Soul. The "'90s singer-songwriter" was practically a trope in and of itself. Mention the names Liz Phair , Alanis Morissette , Jewel , Sheryl Crow or Sarah McLachlan to any woman in her 30s or late-20s, and she will most likely regale you with tales of the great music festival that was Lilith Fair (whether or not she actually went there; there's a good chance she got her stories from people who did). The '90s were the first decade in which women in general (not just individual musicians or bands) were
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Unformatted text preview: taken seriously as rockers, and the female rock stars produced by the decade became known for their raw, angsty lyrics (in true '90s grunge fashion). At the same time, the riot grrrls , while never enjoying the mainstream success of their male counterparts, also left their mark on the underground with their staunchly feminist brand of punk rock . Combining the above two points, the pop princesses of the 90's were mostly R&B artists. Mariah Carey, TLC, Brandy (whose tv show Moesha was the show for teen girls), Monica, and so on. The Spice Girls are the exception ( Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera didn't get big until '99 and are thus better associated with the 2000's). Patti Smith , the archetypal punk rock goddess, took a nice comeback in the late 1990s after the death of her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith....
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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