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The 10 artists who transformed music this decade

By on January 1, 2020 0 300 Views

What would the 2010s be without Beyoncé? Kendrick Lamar? Frank Ocean?

These artists reinvented their genres — and themselves — to earn impressive influence and staying power. They forced the industry to change with them, and it did. They gave us new sounds, performance styles and even industry standards (hey, Taylor Swift).

Their music didn’t just define the decade, it pushed us all forward. Here’s a look at 10 of the most influential artists of the decade.

Queen Bey has had a busy decade.
The 2010s saw her release three studio albums (“4,” “Beyoncé” and “Lemonade”), two live albums (“I Am…. World Tour” and “Homecoming”) AND her soundtrack album (“The Lion King: The Gift”).

Whew. That’s not even including her joint album with husband Jay-Z, “Everything Is Love.”
Let’s not forget that everything she drops immediately becomes ingrained into the cultural canon. “I woke up like, flawless,” from her 2013 song “Flawless” basically became a catchphrase, found on everything from T-shirts to makeup. In an interview, Hillary Clinton said she carried hot sauce in her bag — a clear callback to Queen Bey’s manifesto, “Formation” — which she performed at the Super Bowl in an homage to the women of the Black Panther party.

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