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Billboard Names Beyonce ‘Most Defining Artist of Last 5 Years’

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Beyonce walks off the court after the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Houston Rockets at the Barclays Center on January 12, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Beyonce walks off the court after the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Houston Rockets at the Barclays Center on January 12, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

*Beyonce can add yet another distinction to her resume.

Because of her achievements during the first half of this decade, Billboard has crowned Bey the most defining artist of the last five years.

The accomplishment is due in part to her Super Bowl performance and mini-Destiny’s Child reunion in 2013, her co-headlining On The Run tour with rapper husband Jay Z last summer and the surprise release of her self-titled 2013 album, which editors have deemed an “instant-classic.”

Hailing the superstar, they conclude, “Nobody’s perfect, but Beyonce is just about as flawless as they come – and in the 2010s, the rest of the music world was simply trying (and failing) to keep up with her.”

Kanye West ranked second on the list, followed by Adele, Taylor Swift and Drake, who round out the top five, respectively.

Others making the top 10 include Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and this year’s Super Bowl headliner Katy Perry.

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  1. Taurusingr

    January 20, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Damn SKIPpy & beddah….recognize!!!! And in this world of “blowin up rookie FOREIGN artist more than OUR “OWN”! VETS!!!?, mofos (especially “Blacks”! ) need to “separate their pety hate from the facts” of this woman’s talent/craf/work ethict & contribution to the game! Pound for pound/all around?,,there simply IS NO better artist out there! So Black people?,hold her UP”!!!, & look at her?, JUST like “they” DON’T” see Us OR the movie..”.Selma”, & “RESPECT & VALUE” her….one of “Our” own. Chuuuuuuch!

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It’s All About H.E.R. Music / WATCH

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*H.E.R. is a soulful R&B singer, who plays electric guitar with the style of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.  Yet, she has her own style of singing and her own manner of playing the guitar.

While it is more common to see female singing recording artists playing piano during their performances, it’s a bit more of a rarity to see the combination of a female singer-electric guitarist, especially one that has designed a Fender Stratocaster for the iconic guitar maker.  In essence, she is the first Black woman to have her own signature Strat, which she showcased when she appeared on “Saturday Night Live” this past October (2020).

As the show’s musical guest, H.E.R. performed her new single “Damage” and debuted “Hold On.”

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During the two-time Grammy-winner’s extraordinary vocal showcase on “SNL”, it was difficult to miss her guitar brilliance and even harder to miss the uniquely designed guitar she was playing.

“The H.E.R. Stratocaster makes a statement as bold as the artist who inspired it,” said a Fender company executive.

“I’ve looked up to a lot of guitar players, but there haven’t been many Black female artists who have been in this position and have been able to represent Black women,” H.E.R. said. “The goal is to inspire with this guitar.”

H.E.R. adds that the idea of what’s she is doing as a guitarist goes beyond inspiration, as she wants to leave a legacy.

“The legacy I want to leave is just to inspire and pass the torch on to the next girls who want to kill it on the guitar,” said H.E.R.

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Exclusive Clips From ‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas’ For Those Of Us Who Don’t Have Apple TV+ (Watch)

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*We’ve got exclusive clips from today’s premiere of “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” along with Mimi’s new Christmas anthem “Oh Santa” featuring  guests Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande that premiered last night on YouTube.

The special has a storyline: “Faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there’s only one person who can save the day: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry.”

Other celebs in the special include Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris.  Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe.

Watch exclusive clips, and the video for “Oh Santa” featuring a buzzed about, harmonized whistle note run at the end of the song between Mariah and Ariana.

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Teyana Taylor Retires from Music After Saying She Feels ‘Underappreciated’ as an Artist

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*Teyana Taylor appears to have announced her retirement from the music industry. 

The singer took to Instagram on Friday to share Spotify’s year-round stats of her “2020 Artist Wrapped,” and thanked her fans for their support.  She also called out the music industry for making her feel “super under appreciated as an artist.”

She writes: “I ain’t gone front in times of feeling super under appreciated as a artist, receiving little to no real push from the ‘machine,’ constantly getting the shorter end of the stick, being overlooked … I’m retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!”

Taylor continues, “All hustlers have the understanding that when one door closes another will open.”

Check out the full post below.

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Taylor also called out the Grammys for the lack of women nominated for the Best R&B Album category: “Y’all was better off just saying best MALE R&B ALBUM,” she tweeted, “cause all I see is dick in this category.”

Drake has also chimed in on the outcry over the 2021 Grammy nominations after The Weeknd called out the Recording Academy for being “corrupt.”

The lineup of 2021 Grammy nominees was revealed late last month, and The Weeknd received zero nominations, even though, as TMZ points out, his single, “Blinding Lights,” topped the charts and his album, “After Hours,” hit to #1.

The Weeknd responded to the diss in a tweet hours after the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday.

“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he wrote. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”

Drake also made time to speak out about how the annual music awarda show is having a “disconnect” from recognizing “impactful music.” 

“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after,” Drake wrote on his Instagram story. 

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