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Robyn Rihanna Fenty(Rihanna)

Robyn Rihanna Fenty NH[2] (born February 20, 1988) (/riˈænə/ ree-ANN-ə)[3][4][n 1] is a Barbadian singer, actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers who invited her to the United States to record demo tapes. After signing with Def Jam in 2005, she soon gained recognition with the release of her first two studio albums, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl Like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart.

The Right Excellent
Rihanna
NH

Rihanna in 2018

Born
Robyn Rihanna Fenty
February 20, 1988 (age 34)
Saint Michael, Barbados
Occupation
Singer actress businesswoman
Years active
2003–present
Organisation
Clara Lionel Foundation
Fenty Beauty
Fenty
Partner(s)
Chris Brown (2007–2009; 2012–2013)
ASAP Rocky (2020–present)[1]
Musical career
Genres
Pop R&B reggae hip hop EDM
Instruments
Vocals
Labels
Roc Nation Def Jam SRP Westbury Road
Associated acts
Calvin Harris Chris Brown David Guetta Drake Eminem Jay-Z Kanye West Ne-Yo
Barbadian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 20, 2018
Website
rihanna.com

Rihanna’s third album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), incorporated elements of dance-pop and established her status as a sex symbol in the music industry. The chart-topping single “Umbrella” earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award and catapulted her to global stardom. She continued to mix pop, dance, and R&B genres on her next studio albums, Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and Unapologetic (2012), the latter of which became her first Billboard 200 number one. The albums spawned a string of chart-topping singles, including “Rude Boy”, “Only Girl (In the World)”, “What’s My Name?”, “S&M”, “We Found Love”, “Where Have You Been” and “Diamonds”. Her eighth album, Anti (2016), showcased a new creative control following her departure from Def Jam. It became her second US number one album and featured the chart-topping single “Work”. During her musical career, Rihanna has collaborations with artists such Drake, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Adam Levine, Paul McCartney, Ne-Yo, and Shakira.

With sales of over 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has earned 14 number-ones and 31 top-ten singles in the US and 30 top-ten entries in the UK. Her accolades include nine Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards (including the Icon Award), 12 Billboard Music Awards, six Guinness World Records, and the NAACP’s President’s Award. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2018. Forbes ranked her among the top ten highest-paid celebrities in 2012 and 2014. As of 2021, she is the wealthiest female musician, with an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion.[5]

Aside from music, Rihanna is known for her involvement in humanitarian causes, entrepreneurial ventures, and the fashion industry. She is the founder of the nonprofit organisation Clara Lionel Foundation, cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty, and fashion house Fenty under LVMH; she is the first black woman to head a luxury brand for LVMH.[6] Rihanna has also ventured into acting, appearing in major roles in Battleship (2012), Home (2015), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), and Ocean’s 8 (2018). She was appointed as an ambassador of education, tourism, and investment by the Government of Barbados in 2018, and was declared a National Hero of Barbados on the first day of the country’s parliamentary republic in 2021, entitling her to the style of “The Right Excellent” for life.[2]

List of awards and nominations received by Rihanna
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Barbadian singer and songwriter Rihanna has received multiple awards and nominations for her work in music, film, and fashion. Her awards are predominantly in pop, R&B, and hip-hop genre categories.

Rihanna
awards and nominations


Rihanna performing at the Diamonds World Tour in 2013
Awards and nominations

American Music Awards
Billboard
Grammy
iHeartRadio Music Awards
MTV Europe
MTV VMA
Much
NRJ
People’s Choice
Soul Train
Teen Choice

Rihanna’s first single, “Pon de Replay” led her to win five awards, following her achieving further accolades for both herself and her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005). Her second album, A Girl Like Me (2006), earned the singer more awards and nominations. Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), became Rihanna’s breakout album, with the singer receiving a string of awards and nominations in newer categories such as pop and R&B genres. The lead single, “Umbrella” earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award in 2008, while the album’s singles and DVD earned a further eight nominations throughout 2008 and 2009. It was named ‘Song of the Decade’ at the Barbados Music Awards in 2010. Rated R (2009), Rihanna’s fourth studio effort, produced the single “Rude Boy” which became the main provider of awards and nominations from the album. It was nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

In 2010, Rihanna’s collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Run This Town” won Rihanna her second and third Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Rihanna released her fifth studio album, Loud in 2010. It received many nominations including two Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Furthermore, its lead single, “Only Girl (In the World)” won Best Dance Recording, while the second single “What’s My Name?” received a nomination in the same category. Also in 2011, Rihanna collaborated on the worldwide hit single “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem. The song earned a string of nominations and awards including being nominated for six Billboard Music Awards and three Grammy Awards. Kanye West’s single “All of the Lights”, released in 2011 and featuring Rihanna as a credited artist, was nominated for three awards at the 2012 Grammy Awards, ultimately winning Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Rihanna released her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk in 2011, earning the singer an American Music Award. Its lead single, “We Found Love” was nominated for many awards, most notably winning the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 2012 and Best Short Form Music Video at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013. Two further releases from the album, the title track featuring Jay-Z and “Where Have You Been” also received Grammy nominations. Unapologetic (2012), Rihanna’s seventh studio album, produced the lead single “Diamonds” which gained the singer several awards and nominations.

Rihanna has won 9 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards (including the Icon Award), and 7 MTV Video Music Awards (including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award).

Discography
Main articles: Rihanna albums discography, Rihanna singles discography, and List of songs recorded by Rihanna
🔸Music of the Sun (2005)
🔸A Girl like Me (2006)
🔸Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
🔸Rated R (2009)
🔸Loud (2010)
🔸Talk That Talk (2011)
🔸Unapologetic (2012)
🔸Anti (2016)

Artistry
Music and voice
Rihanna is a mezzo-soprano, with a range spanning from B2 to C♯6.[161][162][163] While recording tracks for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna took vocal lessons from Ne-Yo. Speaking of the experience she stated, “I’ve never had vocal training, so when I’m in the studio, he’ll tell me how to breathe and stuff… He’ll call out these big fancy words: ‘OK, I want you to do staccato.’ And I’m like, ‘OK, I don’t know what that is.'”[47] Her vocal performance on Loud (2010) received positive reviews from music critics. James Skinner from BBC praised Rihanna’s vocals on the song “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” and wrote that her voice is powerful and that “it is Rihanna’s vocal – at once commanding, soulful and vulnerable – that anchors the song, and Loud itself”.[164] Andy Gill from The Independent feels that “California King Bed” features her best vocal performance.[165] In a review of Unapologetic, Billboard magazine wrote, “Diamonds finds Rihanna doing one of her throatiest, most impassioned vocals to date, on this inspirational pop ballad.”[166] Jon Caramanica of the New York Times stated, “over the years, as her game face froze in place, her voice cured into a weapon of emotional chill and strategic indifference. It’s decidedly unfriendly, made to give orders”.[167]

“[My music is] just imagination, being creative; that’s what my music is composed with. Being creative and thinking of situations, whether situations I went through or situations I’ve observed people going through. I can’t tell you where I’ll see myself in five years, but I can tell you I will work my best to be the most successful artist that I can be in five years. [I want to be] Remembered as Rihanna. Remembered as being the artist from the Caribbean who came here and made it internationally. Just remembered as me, ’cause I’m true to my music, and I just want people to realize that and appreciate me for that”

—Rihanna during her first interview with MTV News[168]


Growing up in Barbados, she mainly listened to reggae, hip hop and soca music.[169] When she first came to the US, she was exposed to different types of music with “rock being one of them, and I fell in love with it. [Now] I love rock music.”[169] During her debut, she recorded songs that were inspired by her Caribbean roots and described her early sound as “a fusion of reggae, hip-hop and R&B, with a little something different thrown in”.[26][170] Her early dancehall roots can be found on her debut album, Music of the Sun, and its follow-up, A Girl like Me.[171] Her debut album demonstrates the influence of Rihanna’s musical heritage of the Caribbean. Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times complimented its combination of dancehall and reggae, who said, “Dancehall reggae sometimes seems like a furiously insular form of music, but … Rihanna is only the latest singer to discover how versatile the genre’s spring-loaded electronic rhythms can be”.[172] Her debut single, “Pon de Replay” features a dancehall-pop mixture that infuses a reggae style, while “If It’s Lovin’ that You Want” talks about a girl seducing a guy to be her boyfriend.[34] Aiming for artistic growth, A Girl like Me expresses personal experiences that typical 18-year-old girls go through with ballads that were described as elegant and mature.[173] After her second album, she slowly dismissed her dancehall and reggae roots.

Rihanna’s musical career has been an experiment with new musical ideas and stated that she wants “to make music that could be heard in parts of the world that I’d never been to”.[174] With its provocative subject matter and lyrics, she began incorporating a wide range of genres including, pop, R&B, reggae, dubstep, hip hop and EDM.[175] During a review for Good Girl Gone Bad, Slant Magazine to write that Rihanna “finally figured out that she’s a dance artist and the majority of the album is comprised of uptempo dance-pop [songs like]” “Push Up on Me” and “Don’t Stop the Music”.[176] It represents a departure from the Caribbean sound of her previous albums and is described as a turning point in hercareer.[177][178] While the first half of the record shares many 1980s pop influences with songs like “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Shut Up and Drive”, the second half retreats into standard R&B.[14][179]

Recorded after the assault by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown, Rated R had a much darker tone and was filled with various emotions she experienced throughout 2009.[180] In her fifth album Loud, Rihanna reflects on the fun and energetic vibe she had while recording the album.[88] The album is a mixture of ballads, party anthems and empowering love songs.[181] Talk That Talk was similar to Rated R, as both contain hip hop, R&B, dancehall and dubstep genres.[182] Loud and Talk That Talk saw her explore sexuality in her work (“S&M” and “Birthday Cake”) and return to her dancehall roots (“Man Down” and “Watch n’ Learn”).[183] She also branched out into house music with tracks like “We Found Love”, “Only Girl (In the World)” and “Complicated.”[184] Her songs are also inspired through record sampling from other artists.[185]

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Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty(Nicki Minaj)

Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (/mɪˈnɑːʒ/), is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, songwriter and actress. She is noted for her versatility as an artist, her “sharp” lyrics and animated flow in her rapping and her usage of alter egos and accents. Minaj first gained recognition after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009. She rose to fame with her debut album, Pink Friday (2010), which topped the U.S. Billboard 200. The fifth single, “Super Bass”, reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and became the highest charting solo song by a female rapper since 2002. It also became the second song by a female rapper to become diamond certified in the US.

Nicki Minaj

Minaj in 2017

Born
Onika Tanya Maraj
December 8, 1982 (age 39)
Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Education
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Occupation
Rapper singer songwriter actress
Years active
2004–present
Spouse(s)
Kenneth Petty

(m. 2019)
Partner(s)
Safaree Samuels (2000–2014)
Meek Mill (2015–2017)
Children
1
Musical career
Origin
New York City, U.S.
Genres
Hip hop[1][2] pop[3]
Instruments
Vocals
Labels
Young Money Cash Money Republic
Associated acts
6ix9ine Ariana Grande David Guetta Drake Gucci Mane Kanye West Lil Baby Lil Wayne Madonna Meek Mill
Website
nickiminajofficial.com

The follow-up album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), saw Minaj exploring a dance-pop sound, and reached number one in several countries worldwide. Her third and fourth studio albums, The Pinkprint (2014) and Queen (2018), explored more personal topics and marked a return to her hip hop roots. The former’s second single, “Anaconda”, became the first solo female rap video to reach one billion views on YouTube. Her collaboration with Karol G, “Tusa”, became the longest running number one single in Argentina. Minaj spawned her first and second U.S. number one singles with her remix of Doja Cat’s “Say So” and her collaboration with 6ix9ine “Trollz” in 2020, becoming the first female rapper in 22 years to debut at number one on the chart with the latter. She became the first female artist to have one hundred Billboard Hot 100 entries and currently has twenty U.S. top ten singles, which is the most for any female rapper. All of her albums have reached the top two in the U.S. with the re-release of Beam Me Up Scotty (2009), having the highest debut for a female rap mixtape.

Cited as the latest “Queen of Rap” and the “Queen of Hip Hop” by several media outlets, Minaj is also one of the best-selling music artists, with 100 million records sold worldwide. The New York Times and other media outlets have considered her as one of the most influential rappers. Billboard ranked her as the top female rapper of the 2010s, and seventh among the top female artists.[4][5] Her various accolades include eight American Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, and three Guinness World Records. In 2016, Time included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Outside of music, her film career has included voice roles in the animated films Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) as well as supporting roles in the comedy films The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). She is also currently the most followed rapper on Instagram with over 175 million followers.

List of awards and nominations received by Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer and songwriter. After releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009, Minaj signed a recording contract with Young Money Entertainment in 2009. Since then, she has released four studio albums—Pink Friday in 2010, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012, The Pinkprint in 2014, and Queen in 2018.

Nicki Minaj
awards and nominations

Minaj performing at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards
Awards and nominations

American Music Awards
8 wins
11 nominations
BET Awards
12
33
Billboard Music Awards
7
29
Brit Awards
1
2
Grammy Awards
0
10
Guinness World Records
3
3
MTV Video Music Awards
5
16
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
1
5
Latin American Music Awards
3
3

In 2011, Minaj won two American Music Awards–one for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and the other for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, for her debut album Pink Friday. She went on to win in both categories again the following year, with the “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album” award being for her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. In 2015, Minaj won in the same categories again, with the “Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album” award being for her third studio album The Pinkprint. In 2011, Minaj won her first MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video for her single “Super Bass”. The following year, Minaj won another award for Best Female Video for her single “Starships”. In 2015 and 2018, she won the awards for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Anaconda” and “Chun-Li”. She also won the BET Awards for Best Female Hip Hop Artist from 2010 to 2016.

Throughout 2011 to 2016, Minaj was nominated for a total of 10 Grammy Awards. She received her first Grammy nomination in 2011 in the category Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the single “My Chick Bad” with fellow rapper Ludacris at the 53rd ceremony. For the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012, Minaj received nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for her debut album Pink Friday, and Best Rap Performance for her single “Moment 4 Life” featuring Drake. In 2015, Minaj received two nominations at the 57th Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song for her single “Anaconda” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her joint single “Bang Bang”, with Jessie J and Ariana Grande. For the 58th Grammy Awards in 2016, Minaj received three nominations, including Best Rap Album for her third studio album The Pinkprint.

Artistry
Musical style
When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I’m not that. No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don’t want people to hear me and know exactly where I’m from.

— Minaj on her rapping style in a Billboard interview[19]


Minaj is known for her animated rapping style and “unique” flow.[255] Her rapping is distinctive for its speed and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney.[256][257] She often both sings and raps in her songs, and has made use of metaphors, punch lines, and word play. The alter egos are incorporated with her lyrics in British accents (Roman Zolanski) or soft-spokenness (Harajuku Barbie). Ice-T said about Minaj’s rapping style, “[Minaj] does her thing. She has her own way of doing it. She has an ill vocal delivery. She kind of reminds me of a female Busta Rhymes, like how she throws her voice in different directions.”[258]

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called Minaj “a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She’s a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she’s a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones.”[257] Although many critics describe her technique as bubblegum rap, Minaj said: “What people don’t know is that before I was doing that craziness I was doing me, I was just doing regular sounding rap that anyone could hear and identify with. But once I started doing all that weird shit—I’m not mad at it because it got everyone’s attention.”[259] Robby Seabrook III of XXL included Minaj in list of “most unique flows from rappers over the last five years”, saying that she “has solidified her spot as a leader of the pack for her animated flows, inspiring many other women in hip-hop to play with their vocals. She goes from campy to bellicose, excited to eccentric, oftentimes all on one song.”[260]

Noted as a rap artist, she also occasionally lends herself to electronic music genres (especially electropop).[261] Pink Friday marked her exploration of the genres, spawning electro songs including the pop-laden “Super Bass”.[262][263] Also combining rap with synthesizer music, Minaj’s second album, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded, had a number of electro-hop and electro pop songs: “HOV Lane”, “Whip It”, “Automatic”, “Come on a Cone”, “Young Forever”, “Fire Burns”,[264] “Roman Holiday”,[265] “The Boys” and “Beez in the Trap”;[266] while “Starships” is a eurodance song.[267]

Her verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” was critically acclaimed and contributed greatly to her popularity; many critics said she had the best verse in the song.[268][269] West claimed at one point he considered deleting her verse from the track, because he was worried it would outshine his own work:

It was like that moment when I thought about taking Nicki’s verse off of “Monster” because I knew people would say that was the best verse on the best Hip Hop album of all time or arguably top ten albums of all time. And I would do all that work, eight months of work on “Dark Fantasy” and people to this day would say to me ‘My favorite thing was Nicki Minaj’s verse.’ So if I let my ego get the best of me instead of letting that girl get the shot to get that platform to be all she could be, I would take it off or marginalize her, try to stop her from having that shining moment…[270]

Tara Colley of The Conversation described Minaj as a “pre-eminent female rapper” and that she has “consistently straddled the distinct personas of gangsta boss and sexy pop siren without truly committing to either” and that “her chameleonic ability” matches “some of rap’s most verbose, witty, filthy and pop-friendly” stars such as Eminem and Lil Wayne.[271] Zoe Johnson of XXL, stated that in recent years Minaj’s “beat selection has moved to refined production full of grit and hip-hop flare in recent years”.[272]

Discography
Main articles: Nicki Minaj discography and List of songs recorded by Nicki Minaj
Studio albums

🔸Pink Friday (2010)
🔸Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)
🔸The Pinkprint (2014)
🔸Queen (2018)


Filmography
Main article: Nicki Minaj videography
🔸Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
🔸The Other Woman (2014)
🔸Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
🔸The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (/əˈdɛl/; born 5 May 1988) is an English singer and songwriter. She is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with sales of over 120 million records.[3] After graduating in arts from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a record deal with XL Recordings. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 and spawned the UK top-five singles “Chasing Pavements” and “Make You Feel My Love”. The album was certified 8× platinum in the UK and triple platinum in the US. Adele was honoured with the Brit Award for Rising Star as well as the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Adele
MBE

Adele in 2021

Born
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
5 May 1988 (age 33)
London, England
Alma mater
BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
Occupation
Singer songwriter
Years active
2006–present
Spouse(s)
Simon Konecki

(m. 2018; div. 2021)
Children
1
Musical career
Genres
Pop[1]soul[2]
Labels
XLColumbiaMelted Stone
Website
adele.com
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Adele released her second studio album, 21, in 2011. It became the world’s best-selling album of the 21st century, with sales of over 31 million copies. It was certified 17× platinum in the UK (the highest by a solo artist of all time) and Diamond in the US. According to Billboard, 21 is the top-performing album in the US chart history, topping the Billboard 200 for 24 weeks (the longest for a female artist ever). She was the first female artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top-ten singles as a lead artist, with “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone Like You”, and “Set Fire to the Rain”, all of which also topped the chart. The album received a record-tying six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and the Brit Award for British Album of the Year. The success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book of Records.

In 2012, Adele released “Skyfall”, a soundtrack single for the James Bond film of the same name, which won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Her third studio album, 25, was released in 2015 and became the year’s best-selling album and broke first-week sales records in the UK and US. 25 was her second album to be certified Diamond in the US and earned her five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and four Brit Awards, including British Album of the Year. The lead single, “Hello”, became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release. Her fourth studio album 30, which contains the chart-topping single “Easy on Me”, was released in 2021 and became the year’s best-selling album worldwide including US and UK. 30 won the 2022 Brit Award for British Album of the Year.

Adele’s accolades include fifteen Grammy Awards and twelve Brit Awards. In 2011, 2012, and 2016, Billboard named her Artist of the Year. At the 2012 and 2016 Ivor Novello Awards, Adele was named Songwriter of the Year by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. In 2012, she was listed at number five on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2016. She was appointed a MBE at the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to music. Her third tour saw her break attendance records globally, including in the UK, Australia, and the US, and her album 21 has been listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020).

List of awards and nominations received by Adele

English singer-songwriter Adele has received various awards and nominations. She is the recipient of twelve Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Grammy Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and two Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriter of the Year.

Adele awards and nominations

Adele performing at Glasgow SSE Hydro on 26 March 2016

Academy Awards
1wins
1nominations
American Music Awards
5
9
AIM Independent Music Awards
4
4
APRA Awards (Australia)
1
2
Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards
1
1
ARIA Music Awards
0
4
BET Awards
0
1
Bravo Otto
1
1
British Academy Television Awards
0
1
BBC Sound of…
1
1
BBC Music Awards
4
5
BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards
1
1
Billboard Music Awards
18
36
Billboard Touring Awards
1
1
BMI Film & TV Awards Awards
1
1
BMI London Awards
10
10
BMI Pop Music Awards
4
4
Brit Awards
12
20
British LGBT Awards
0
1
BT Digital Music Awards
1
6
CMT Music Awards
0
1
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
1
1
Danish Music Awards
1
3
Daytime Emmy Awards
0
1
ECHO Music Awards
3
5
Edinburgh TV Awards
1
1
European Border Breakers Award
1
1
Fryderyk
1
1
GAFFA Awards (Denmark)
5
5
GAFFA Awards (Sweden)
2
2
Gaygalan Awards
0
1
Glamour Awards
2
2
Golden Globe Awards
1
1
Grammis Awards
1
1
Grammy Awards
15
18
Guinness World Records
11
11
Helpmann Awards
0
1
Houston Film Critics Society
1
1
IFPI Global Recording Artist Award
1
1
iHeartRadio Music Awards
5
12
Independent Music Companies Association
1
1
Ivor Novello Awards
3
7
Juno Awards
2
2
Latin American Music Awards
0
1
Los Premios 40 Principales
1
6
Mercury Prize
0
2
MOBO Awards
1
5
MuchMusic Video Awards
0
4
Music Business Association
1
1
MTV Africa Music Awards
0
1
MTV Italy Music Awards
0
3
MTV Europe Music Awards
1
10
MTV Video Music Awards
3
17
MTV Video Music Brazil
0
1
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
0
2
mtvU Woodie Awards
0
1
NAACP Image Awards
0
2
NME Awards
1
7
NRJ Music Awards
3
4
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
1
3
Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards
2
2
People’s Choice Awards
1
9
Pollstar Awards
1
2
Premios Juventud
2
3
Premios Oye!
2
2
Primetime Emmy Awards
0
1
Q Awards
2
4
Radio Disney Music Awards
0
2
Satellite Awards
0
1
Shorty Awards
1
1
Soul Train Music Awards
0
5
South Bank Sky Arts Awards
0
1
Teen Choice Awards
0
6
UK Music Video Awards
2
3
Urban Music Awards
1
4
World Music Awards
0
4
World Soundtrack Awards
1
1

Adele signed a contract with the record label XL Recordings in September 2006.[1] She won the BBC Sound of 2008, an annual poll awarded to recognise newcomers in the music industry.[2] Later in the same year, she won the Brits Critics’ Choice, and released her debut album 19 to international success.[3] Adele named the Best New Artist at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, while “Chasing Pavements” – received three nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, winning the later award. Her debut single “Hometown Glory” earned another nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Adele’s second studio album 21 was released in January 2011 and held the top position for 24 weeks in the United States.[4] Three of its singles—”Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You”, and “Set Fire to the Rain”—reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[5] The former won three Grammy Awards – Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video. 21 won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” won Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th and 55th Annual Grammy Awards, respectively. Adele was awarded several other accolades, including the Echo Music Award for Album of the Year, and won in 12 Billboard Music Award categories. In 2012, she released “Skyfall”, a song of the 2012 James Bond film of the same name.[6] The song won a Brit Award for British Single; the Academy Award, and Golden Globe for Best Original Song; and a Grammy Award. Adele received five awards at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, including one for her third studio album 25. She also won the British Album of the Year at the 36th Brit Awards, in addition to winning three other awards. The album also won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, and the single “Hello” received Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. After a six years hiatus, Adele released her fourth studio album 30 to critical acclaim and global success. The album has garnered her four nominations at the 42nd Brit Awards, including her third consecutive win for British Album of the Year.

Artistry
Influences and favourite musicians

Adele has cited the Spice Girls as a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music, stating that “they made me what I am today”.[191] During childhood, she impersonated the Spice Girls at dinner parties.[192] She says she was “heartbroken” when her favourite Spice Girls member, Geri Halliwell aka “Ginger Spice”, departed from the group.[193][194] Lauryn Hill is also one of her major influences.[195][196] In a 2011 interview, Adele deemed Hill’s record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as her favorite album, while also stating “I was analyzing the record for about a month at the age of 8, I was constantly wondering when I would be that passionate about something, to write a record about it, even though I didn’t know I was going to make a record when I was older”;[197] while also thanking Hill “for existing” in a penned letter, that she dedicated in honor of the 20th anniversary of Hill’s album.[198][199]

Growing up she also listened to Sinéad O’Connor,[200] the Cranberries,[201] Bob Marley,[202] the Cure,[203] Dusty Springfield,[204]Whitney Houston,[205] Aretha Franklin,[206] Celine Dion,[207] Jeff Buckley,[208] and Annie Lennox.[209] One of Adele’s earliest influences was Gabrielle, who she has admired since age five. During Adele’s school years, her mother made her an eye patch with sequins which she used to perform as the Hackney born star in a school talent contest.[210]

After moving to south London, she became interested in R&B acts such as Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige,[211] and Alicia Keys.[200] Adele has stated that one of the most defining moments in her life was when she saw Pink perform at Brixton Academy in London. She says: “It was the Missundaztood record, so I was about 13 or 14. I had never heard, being in the room, someone sing like that live […] I remember sort of feeling like I was in a wind tunnel, her voice just hitting me. It was incredible.”[212][208]

In 2002, 14-year-old Adele discovered Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald as she stumbled on the artists’ CDs in the jazz section of her local music store. She was struck by their appearance on the album covers.[213] Adele states she then “started listening to Etta James every night for an hour,” and in the process was getting “to know my own voice.”[213] She has credited Amy Winehouse and her 2003 album Frank with inspiring her to take up the guitar, saying: “If it wasn’t for Amy and Frank, one hundred per cent I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar, I wouldn’t have written ‘Daydreamer’ or ‘Hometown [Glory]’ and I wrote ‘Someone Like You’ on the guitar too.”[214]

She has also expressed admiration for Lana Del Rey, Grimes, Chvrches, FKA Twigs, Alabama Shakes, Kanye West, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Frank Ocean, Queen, and Stevie Nicks.[215][216] In 2017, she described Beyoncé as a particular inspiration, calling her “[the] artist of my life” and added “the other artists who mean that much to me are all dead.”[217] Adele cited Madonna’s 1998 album Ray of Light as a “chief inspiration” for her album 25.[218] She mentioned that Max Martin’s work on Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” was the inspiration behind her song “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”, saying: “I was like, ‘Who did this?’ I knew it was Taylor, and I’ve always loved her, but this is a totally other side – like, ‘I want to know who brought that out in her.’ I was unaware that I knew who Max Martin was. I Googled him, and I was like, ‘He’s literally written every massive soundtrack of my life.’ So I got my management to reach out. They came to London, and I took my guitar along and was like, ‘I’ve got this riff,’ and then ‘Send My Love’ happened really quickly.”[219]

Musical style
Adele’s debut album, 19, is of the soul genre, with lyrics addressing heartbreak and relationship.[15] Her success occurred simultaneously with several other British female soul singers, with the British press dubbing her a new Amy Winehouse.[4] This was described as a third British Musical Invasion of the US.[14] However, Adele called the comparisons between her and other female soul singers lazy, noting “we’re a gender, not a genre”.[15][220][221] AllMusic wrote that “Adele is simply too magical to compare her to anyone.”[213]

Her second album, 21, shares the folk and soul influences of her debut album, but was further inspired by American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–09 tour An Evening with Adele in North America.[222][223] Conceived in the aftermath of Adele’s breakup with a partner, the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness. Having referred to 21 as a “break-up record”, Adele labelled her third studio album, 25, a “make-up record”, adding it is about “Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”[116] Her yearning for her old self, her nostalgia, and melancholy about the passage of time, is a feature of 25, with Adele stating, “I’ve had a lot of regrets since I turned 25. And sadness hits me in different ways than it used to. There’s a lot of things I don’t think I’ll ever get ’round to doing.”[224]

Voice

Adele is a mezzo-soprano, with a range spanning from B2 to C6. However Classic FM states she is often mistaken for a contralto due to the application of a tense chest mix to reach the lower notes, while also noting that her voice becomes its clearest as she ascends the register, particularly from C4 to C5.[226][227][228][229] Rolling Stone reported that following throat surgery her voice had become “palpably bigger and purer-toned”, and that she had added a further four notes to the top of her range.[224] Initially, critics suggested that her vocals were more developed and intriguing than her songwriting, a sentiment with which Adele agreed.[230] She has stated: “I taught myself how to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin for acrobatics and scales, Etta James for passion and Roberta Flack for control.”[231]

Adele’s singing has received acclaim from music critics. In a review of 19, The Observer stated, “The way she stretched the vowels, her wonderful soulful phrasing, the sheer unadulterated pleasure of her voice, stood out all the more; little doubt that she’s a rare singer”.[232] BBC Music wrote, “Her melodies exude warmth, her singing is occasionally stunning and, …she has tracks that make Lily Allen and Kate Nash sound every bit as ordinary as they are.”[233] Also in 2008, Sylvia Patterson of The Guardian wrote, “Of all the gobby new girls, only Adele’s bewitching singing voice has the enigmatic quality which causes tears of involuntary emotion to splash down your face in the way Eva Cassidy’s did before her.”[234] For their reviews of 21, The New York Times’ chief music critic Jon Pareles commended Adele’s emotive timbre, likening her to Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Annie Lennox: “[Adele] can seethe, sob, rasp, swoop, lilt and belt, in ways that draw more attention to the song than to the singer”.[235] Ryan Reed of Paste magazine regarded her voice as “a raspy, aged-beyond-its-years thing of full-blooded beauty”,[236] while MSN Music’s Tom Townshend called her “the finest singer of [our] generation”.[237] Adele has also been dubbed a “vocal goddess”.[238]

Discography
Main articles: Adele discography and List of songs recorded by Adele
🔸19 (2008)
🔸21 (2011)
🔸25 (2015)
🔸30 (2021)

Concert tours
Headlining concerts
🔸An Evening with Adele (2008–2009)
🔸Adele Live (2011)
🔸Adele Live 2016 (2016–2017)
Residencies and one-off concerts
🔸Weekends with Adele (TBA rescheduled)
🔸Adele Hyde Park Shows (2022)

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Marshall Bruce Mathers(Eminem)

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (/ˌɛmɪˈnɛm/; formerly stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Eminem is among the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated worldwide sales of over 220 million records. He is credited with popularizing hip hop in middle America and is critically acclaimed as one of the greatest rappers of all time.[2] Eminem’s global success and acclaimed works are widely regarded as having broken racial barriers for the acceptance of white rappers in popular music. While much of his transgressive work during the late 1990s and early 2000s made him widely controversial, he came to be a representation of popular angst of the American underclass, and has been cited as an influence for many artists of various genres.

Eminem

Eminem performing in 2014

Born
Marshall Bruce Mathers III
October 17, 1972 (age 49)
St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
Other names
Slim Shady Double M M&M
Occupation
Rapper songwriter record producer actor
Years active
1988–present[1]
Agent
Paul Rosenberg
Spouse(s)
Kimberly Anne Scott

(m. 1999; div. 2001)

(m. 2006; div. 2006)
Children
3
Musical career
Origin
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
Hip hop
Labels
Aftermath Shady Interscope Web
Associated acts
Bad Meets Evil D12 Outsidaz Soul Intent 50 Cent The Alchemist Dina Rae Dr. Dre Lil Wayne Liz Rodrigues Nate Dogg Obie Trice Rihanna Skylar Grey Trick Trick Yelawolf Westside Gunn Conway the Machine
Website
eminem.com
shadyrecords.com
Signature

After his debut album Infinite (1996) and the extended play Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP. His next two releases, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002), were worldwide successes and were both nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. After the release of his next album, Encore (2004), Eminem went on hiatus in 2005, largely due to a prescription drug addiction.[3] He returned to the music industry four years later with the release of Relapse (2009) and Recovery was released the following year. Recovery was the best-selling album worldwide of 2010, making it Eminem’s second album, after The Eminem Show in 2002, to be the best-selling album of the year worldwide. In the following years, he released the US number one albums The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013), Revival (2017), Kamikaze (2018) and Music to Be Murdered By (2020).

Eminem made his debut in the film industry with the musical drama film 8 Mile (2002), playing a fictionalized version of himself, and his track “Lose Yourself” from its soundtrack won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, making him the first hip hop artist ever to win the award.[4] Eminem has made cameo appearances in the films The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009) and The Interview (2014) and the television series Entourage (2010). He has also developed other ventures, including Shady Records, a joint venture with manager Paul Rosenberg, which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent, Yelawolf and Obie Trice, among others. He has also established his own channel, Shade 45, on Sirius XM Radio. In addition to his solo career, Eminem was a member of the hip hop group D12. He is also known for collaborations with fellow Detroit-based rapper Royce da 5’9″; the two are collectively known as Bad Meets Evil.

He was the best-selling music artist in the United States of the 2000s and the best-selling male music artist in the United States of the 2010s, third overall. Billboard named him the “Artist of the Decade (2000–2009)”. The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, “Lose Yourself”, “Love the Way You Lie” and “Not Afraid” have all been certified Diamond or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[5] Rolling Stone has included him in its lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. He has won numerous awards, including 15 Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, an Academy Award and an MTV Europe Music Global Icon Award. He has had ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200—which all consecutively debuted at number one on the chart, making him the first artist to achieve this[6]—and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.[7]

List of awards and nominations received by Eminem

This is a comprehensive list of awards received by Eminem, an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He began his career in 1996 with Web Entertainment and has been one of the most popular rap acts in the world since the late 1990s. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the decade on the US Nielsen SoundScan[1] and has sold over 220 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Eminem
awards and nominations


American Music Awards
Billboard
Brit
Grammy
MTV Europe
MTV VMA
People’s Choice
Teen Choice
World Music
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Academy Awards
Golden Globe Awards

Eminem quickly gained popularity in 1999 with his major label debut album The Slim Shady LP, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The following album, The Marshall Mathers LP, became the fastest-selling solo album in United States history.[2]

The Marshall Mathers LP and his third studio album, The Eminem Show, won Grammy Awards, making Eminem the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs. He then won the award again in 2010 for his album Relapse, giving him a total of 15 Grammys in his career. In 2003, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself” from the film 8 Mile, in which he also played the lead role. “Lose Yourself” would go on to become the longest-running No. 1 hip hop single.[3]

Eminem then went on hiatus after touring in 2005. He released his first album since 2004’s Encore, titled Relapse, in May 2009. In 2010, he released his seventh album, Recovery. It became his sixth consecutive number-one album in the US and achieved international commercial success, topping the chart in several other countries. It stayed at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart for five consecutive weeks and a total of seven weeks.[4][5] Recovery was also reported by Billboard to be the best-selling album of 2010, making Eminem the first artist in Nielsen SoundScan history to have two year-end best-selling albums.[6]

Eminem was ranked 79th on the VH1 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[7] He was ranked 83th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[8] He was also named the Best Rapper Alive by Vibe magazine in 2008.[9] Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has had 13 number-one albums on the Billboard Top 200, ten solo, two with D12, and one with Bad Meets Evil.[10] In December 2009, he was named the Artist of the Decade by Billboard magazine.[11] His albums, The Eminem Show, The Marshall Mathers LP, and Encore, ranked as the 3rd,[12] 7th,[12] and 40th[13] best-selling albums of the 2000–09 decade by Billboard magazine. According to Billboard, Eminem has two of his albums among the top five highest selling albums of the 2000s decade. In the UK, Eminem has sold more than 13 million records.[14] In 2010, MTV ranked Eminem as the 10th-biggest icon in pop music history.[15] During 2010, Eminem’s music generated 94 million streams, more than any other music artist.

In November at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards, Eminem became the first rapper to ever receive the global icon award due to his accomplishments and influences in music joining him with Queen, Whitney Houston and Bon Jovi.

As of early 2014, Eminem has sold more than 44 million track downloads and 44.91 million albums in the United States alone and became the second-best male selling artist in US history behind Garth Brooks.[16] For the decade of 2010 through 2019 Eminem was Spotify’s fifth-most-streamed artist (fourth-most-streamed male artist).[17]

Discography
Main articles: Eminem albums discography, Eminem singles discography, Eminem production discography, and Eminem videography
Studio albums

Infinite (1996)
The Slim Shady LP (1999)
The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
The Eminem Show (2002)
Encore (2004)
Relapse (2009)
Recovery (2010)
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
Revival (2017)
Kamikaze (2018)
Music to Be Murdered By (2020)
Collaborative albums

Main articles: D12 discography and Bad Meets Evil § Discography
Devil’s Night (with D12) (2001)
D12 World (with D12) (2004)
Hell: The Sequel (with Bad Meets Evil) (2011)

Concert tours
As a headliner

The Slim Shady LP Tour (1999)[442][443]
The Recovery Tour (2010–2013)
Rapture Tour (2014)
Revival Tour (2018)
Rapture 2019 (2019)[444]
As a co-headliner

Up in Smoke Tour (with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and others) (2000)
Anger Management Tour (with Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach) (2002–2005)
The Home & Home Tour (with Jay Z) (2010)
The Monster Tour (with Rihanna) (2014)

Artistry
Influences, style and rapping technique
Eminem has cited several MCs as influencing his rapping style, including Esham,[217] Kool G Rap,[218] Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane,[218] Newcleus, Ice-T, Mantronix, Melle Mel (on “The Message”), LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Rakim and Boogie Down Productions.[219] In How to Rap, Guerilla Black notes that Eminem studied other MCs to hone his rapping technique: “Eminem listened to everything and that’s what made him one of the greats”.[220] In the book, other MCs also praise aspects of his rapping technique: varied, humorous subject matter,[221] connecting with his audience,[222] carrying a concept over a series of albums,[223] complex rhyme schemes,[224] bending words so they rhyme,[225] multisyllabic rhymes,[218] many rhymes to a bar,[226] complex rhythms,[227] clear enunciation,[228] and the use of melody[229] and syncopation.[230] Eminem is known to write most of his lyrics on paper (documented in The Way I Am), taking several days or a week to craft lyrics,[231] being a “workaholic”[232] and “stacking” vocals.[233] Examples of hip hop subgenres that Eminem’s music has been described as include horrorcore,[234][235][236] comedy hip hop,[237] and hardcore hip hop.[238][239] Eminem also incorporates rap rock into his music and has cited rock acts during the 1970s and 1980s, such as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, as influences in his music.[240][241][242][243]

Alter egos
Eminem uses alter egos in his songs for different rapping styles and subject matter. His best-known alter ego, Slim Shady, first appeared on the Slim Shady EP and was in The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encore, Relapse, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Kamikaze. In this persona, his songs are violent and dark, with a comic twist.[244] Eminem downplayed Slim Shady on Recovery because he felt it did not fit the album’s theme.[245] Another character is Ken Kaniff, a homosexual who pokes fun at Eminem’s songs. Ken was created and originally played by fellow Detroit rapper Aristotle on the Slim Shady LP, where Kaniff makes a prank call to Eminem. An argument after the album’s release prompted Eminem to use the Kaniff character on Marshall Mathers and later albums (except Encore and Recovery). Aristotle, angry with Eminem’s use of his character, released a mixtape in his Kaniff persona ridiculing him.[246]

Collaborations and productions
See also: Eminem production discography and Eminem discography § Guest appearances
Although Eminem usually collaborates with Aftermath Entertainment and Shady Records rappers such as Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice and Yelawolf, he has also worked with Redman, Kid Rock, DMX, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Jay Z, Drake, Rihanna, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Xzibit, Method Man, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Sticky Fingaz, T.I. and Young Jeezy. Eminem rapped a verse in a live performance of Busta Rhymes’ “Touch It” remix at the 2006 BET Music Awards. He appeared on Akon’s single “Smack That” from Konvicted, Lil Wayne’s hit “Drop the World” and “My Life” (the lead single from 50 Cent’s Street King Immortal).

Eminem was the executive producer of D12’s first two albums (Devil’s Night and D12 World), Obie Trice’s Cheers and Second Round’s on Me and 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre.[247] He has produced songs for other rappers such as Jadakiss’ “Welcome To D-Block”, Jay-Z’s “Renegade” and “Moment of Clarity”, Lloyd Banks’ “On Fire”, “Warrior Part 2” and “Hands Up”, Tony Yayo’s “Drama Setter”, Trick-Trick’s “Welcome 2 Detroit” and Xzibit’s “My Name” and “Don’t Approach Me”.[248] Most of The Eminem Show was produced by Eminem and his longtime collaborator, Jeff Bass,[249] and Eminem co-produced Encore with Dr. Dre. In 2004, Eminem was co-executive producer of 2Pac’s posthumous album Loyal to the Game with Shakur’s mother, Afeni.[250] He produced the UK number-one single “Ghetto Gospel”,featuring Elton John;[251] “The Cross”, from the Nas album God’s Son;[252] and eight tracks on Obie Trice’s 2006 album Second Round’s on Me (also appearing on “There They Go”).[253] Eminem produced several tracks on Trick-Trick’s The Villain (appearing on “Who Want It”)[254] and produced four tracks on Cashis’ 2013 album The County Hound 2.

Eminem is considered unusual in structuring his songs around the lyrics, rather than writing to beats.[255] One exception was “Stan”, which came from an idea and scratch track produced by the 45 King.[255] After doing little production on Relapse and Recovery, Eminem produced a significant portion of The Marshall Mathers LP 2. He said about producing his own music, “Sometimes, I may get something in my head, like an idea or the mood of something that I would want, and I’m not always gonna get that by going through different tracks that other people have made. They don’t know what’s in my head. I think maybe it helps, a little bit, with diversity, the sound of it, but also, I would get something in my head and want to be able to lay down that idea from scratch.”[256] In 1998 when his beef with rapper Cage was still happening, New York rapper Necro (who had previously produced three songs for Cage) met Eminem and gave him a CD with the beat to what eventually became the beat for the song “Black Helicopters” by rap group Non-Phixion. Despite Eminem never using it, Necro still said positive things about Eminem and would appear on Shade45 years later.[257][258]

Comparisons with other artists
As a white performer prominent in a genre influenced by black artists, Eminem has been compared, much to his chagrin,[259] to Elvis Presley,[260] and has lyrically been compared to Bob Dylan.[261] Rapper Asher Roth has been compared to Eminem and Roth devoted a song on his album (“As I Em”) to him, which he took offense to.[262][263][264] The accomplished trumpeter Nicholas Payton has called Eminem “the Bix Beiderbecke of hip hop”.

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Discography of Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa (/ˈduːə ˈliːpə/; Albanian: [ˈdua ˈlipa]; born 22 August 1995) is an English singer and songwriter. After working as a model, she signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2014 and released her eponymous debut album in 2017. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart and yielded eight singles, including “Be the One”, “IDGAF”, and the UK number-one single “New Rules”, which also peaked at number six in the US. The album has been certified platinum in numerous countries worldwide and won Lipa the Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act in 2018.

Dua Lipa

Lipa in March 2021

Born
22 August 1995 (age 26)
London, England
Occupation
Singersongwriter
Years active
2014–present
Musical career
Genres
Pop disco house dance pop[1] R&B
Instruments
Vocals
Labels
Warner Urban
Associated acts
The Blessed Madonna
Website
dualipa.com
Signature

Her 2018 single “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris peaked at number one in the UK and became the year’s longest-running number-one single by a female artist, winning the 2019 Brit Award for Song of the Year. In 2019, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, as well as the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for her Silk City collaboration “Electricity”. Later that year, Lipa released “Don’t Start Now” as the lead single from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020). Reaching number two in the UK and US, and number four on the US year-end chart, it was the most commercially successful song by a female artist in the US in 2020. Its follow-up singles “Levitating”, “Physical” and “Break My Heart” also charted in the top ten, with “Levitating” reaching number one on the US year-end chart in 2021.

Future Nostalgia received critical acclaim and earned six Grammy nominations—including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year—and became her first UK number-one album. The album helped Lipa win British Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year at the 2021 Brit Awards. She has received many accolades, including recognition on the Time 100 Next list (2021). She made her runway debut at Versace’s Spring/Summer 2022 show at Milan Fashion Week.

List of awards and nominations received by Dua Lipa

English singer Dua Lipa is the recipient of numerous awards.[1] This includes nominations for fifteen Brit Awards, eight Grammy Awards and seven NME Awards, winning six, three and one respectively. She became the first female artist to receive five nominations in a single year at the Brit Awards.[2]

Dua Lipa
awards and nominations

Lipa at the Grammy Awards in 2020





American Music Awards
1
6
APRA Music Awards
1
3
ARIA Music Awards
0
1
ASCAP Latin Awards
1
1
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
3
3 in
Atlantic Council Gala
1
1
Bambi Awards
1
1
BBC Music Awards
0
1
BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards
2
5
BBC Sound of…
0
1
The Beano Awards
0
1
Billboard Latin Music Awards
0
1
Billboard Music Awards
0
7
Billboard Women in Music
1
1
Bravo Otto
0
1
Brit Awards
6
15
British LGBT Awards
0
3
Camerimage
0
2
Creative Circle Awards
2
2
D&AD Awards
1
1
daf BAMA Music Awards
0
2
Danish Music Awards
0
1
Echo Awards
0
1
Electronic Music Awards
0
1
Eurosonic Noorderslag
2
2
GAFFA Awards (Denmark)
0
1
GAFFA Awards (Sweden)
0
4
Gaygalan Awards
0
1
Glamour Awards
1
1
Global Awards
6
12
Gold Derby Music Awards
0
10
GQ Men of the Year Awards
1
1
Grammy Awards
3
8
Guinness World Records
2
2
Hito Pop Music Awards
1
1
Hungarian Music Awards
1
2
iHeartRadio MMVAs
0
1
iHeartRadio Music Awards
3
11
iHeartRadio Titanium Award
4
4
International Dance Music Awards
0
1
Joox Indonesia Music Awards
0
1
Joox Thailand Music Awards
0
3
Latin American Music Awards
1
1
Lo Nuestro Awards
1
1
LOS40 Music Awards
5
11
Mercury Prize
0
1
Meus Prêmios Nick
0
1
Mnet Asian Music Awards
1
1
MTV Europe Music Awards
2
14
MTV Millennial Awards
0
4
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil
0
6
MTV Video Music Awards
1
15
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
1
1
MTV Video Play Awards
7
7
Music Industry Awards
0
1
Music Week Awards
0
1
MVPA Awards
0
2
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
0
1
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards
0
1
NME Awards
1
7
NRJ Music Awards
3
10
Official Charts Company
4
4
OGAE Song Contest
1
1
People’s Choice Awards
0
4
Popjustice £20 Music Prize
1
5
Premios Juventud
1
2
Premios MUSA
1
6
Premios Odeón
1
2
Radio Disney Music Awards
1
2
RTHK International Pop Poll Awards
5
5
Satellite Awards
0
1
SCTV Music Awards
1
1
Shorty Awards
1
6
Silver Clef Awards
1
2
South Bank Sky Arts Awards
1
1
TEC Awards
0
1
Teen Choice Awards
0
5
Telehit Awards
2
3
Top 40 Awards
2
2
Top Hit Music Awards
1
1
UK Music Video Awards
5
15
Urban Music Awards
0
6
Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards
1
1
Vogue Women of the Year Awards
1
1
WDM Radio Awards
2
2
Webby Awards
2
2
Wish 107.5 Music Awards
1
1
YouTube Creator Awards
3
3

Lipa signed a record deal with Warner Music Group in 2015 and released her self-titled debut album in 2017, which earned her nominations for Album of the Year at the 2017 BBC Music Awards, British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards, and won International Album of the Year at the thirteenth edition of the LOS40 Music Awards.

The single “New Rules”, from her self-titled album, earned nominations for British Single of the Year and Best British Video at the 2018 Brit Awards, Best Music Video at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards and Song of the Year at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The song won Direction for Music Videos at the 2018 D&AD Awards and Best Song To Lip Sync To at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards. “One Kiss”, a collaboration with Scottish record producer Calvin Harris, and “IDGAF” were also nominated for British Single of the Year and Best British Video at the 2019 Brit Awards.

Lipa won Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording for “Electricity”, a collaboration with British-American duo Silk City, at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[3] She released her second studio album, Future Nostalgia, in 2020. It won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, and earned a nomination for Album of the Year. The album’s lead single, “Don’t Start Now” (2019), received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the same ceremony.

Discography
Main articles: Dua Lipa discography and List of songs recorded by Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa (2017)
Future Nostalgia (2020)

Filmography
Argylle (2022)

Artistry and reception
Lipa has a mezzo-soprano vocal range.[230][231][232] Her music is primarily pop, and has also been described as disco, house and R&B.[233][234][235] Stylistically, her music has been described as dance-pop,[236] synth-pop, R&B,[235] dream pop,[44] alternative pop,[237] and nu-disco subgenres.[238] Lipa herself describes her musical style as “dark pop”.[40][239] She is also noted for singing in a “distinct, husky, low register”,[240] and her “sultry” tone.[241] Regarding her songwriting process, Lipa states she usually comes to the studio with a concept and starts developing the song with her co-writers.[31][242] She cites Kylie Minogue, Pink, Nelly Furtado, Jamiroquai, Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper amongst her musical influences.[243][244][245] “My idea of pop has been P!nk and Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child and Nelly Furtado”, said Lipa in a GQ interview in 2018.[246] Her second studio album Future Nostalgia (2020) was inspired by artists that she listened to during her teens, including Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Moloko, Blondie and Outkast.[247]

Impact
A study conducted by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of people born with the name “Dua” in England and Wales was 63 in 2017, the year Lipa earned her first UK number one song with “New Rules”; this amount increased to 126 in 2019.[248][249] In May 2018, she was listed on British Vogue inaugural list of the 25 most influential British women of 2018 with Lipa being the youngest on the list at the age of 22, in its review praising her 2017 song “New Rules” as an “anthem of female empowerment [and] laid out a blueprint for modern sex lives”, in addition to described her as a “culture definer”.[250][251]

In February 2019, the first wax figure of Lipa was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds London, inspired by her appearance during her performance at Glastonbury Festival 2017.[252][253] Two months later, a second wax figure sculpted of Lipa was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds Amsterdam in allusion of her performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.[254]

Lyndsey Havens from Billboard credited Lipa as the protagonist on disco’s revival in 2020 by her song “Don’t Start Now” (2019).[255] She inspired the French photographer, Hugo Comte, in his first photo-book.[256] She was included in Time’s 100 Next list on future 100 world’s most influential people by Australian singer Kylie Minogue who in her review called Lipa a “shining star”.[204][205] Mark Sutherland and Jem Aswad from Variety rated Lipa as one of the most impactful women in the global entertainment industry.[257]

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta(Lady gaga)

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta[a] (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her image reinventions and musical versatility. Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21, through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, before dropping out to pursue a career in music. After Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where she signed a joint deal with Interscope Records and Akon’s label, KonLive Distribution, in 2007. Gaga rose to prominence the following year with her debut studio album, The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. The album was later reissued to include the EP The Fame Monster (2009), which yielded the successful singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone”, and “Alejandro”.



Lady Gaga
Side view of a smiling Lady Gaga, as she is looking away from the camera, wearing a navy blue dress decorated with a golden bird.


Gaga at the inauguration of Joe Biden in 2021


Born
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
March 28, 1986 (age 36)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation
Singersongwriteractress
Years active
2001–present
Organization
Born This Way Foundation
Haus Laboratories
Works
Discographysongsvideography
Parent(s)
Cynthia Germanotta (mother)
Relatives
Natali Germanotta (sister)


Musical career
Genres
Popdanceelectronicjazz
Instruments
Vocalspiano
Labels
Def JamCherrytreeKonLiveStreamlineInterscope
Associated acts
Lady StarlightTony BennettBradley Cooper
Website
ladygaga.com

Gaga’s five succeeding studio albums all debuted atop the US Billboard 200. Her second full-length album, Born This Way (2011), explored electronic rock and techno-pop and sold more than one million copies in its first week. The title track became the fastest-selling song on the iTunes Store, with over one million downloads in less than a week. Following her EDM-influenced third album, Artpop (2013), and its lead single “Applause”, Gaga released the jazz album Cheek to Cheek (2014) with Tony Bennett, and the soft rock album Joanne (2016). She also ventured into acting, playing leading roles in the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and the critically acclaimed musical drama film A Star Is Born (2018). Her contributions to the latter’s soundtrack, which spawned the chart-topping single “Shallow”, made her the first woman to win an Academy, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award in one year. Gaga returned to her dance-pop roots with her sixth studio album, Chromatica (2020), which yielded the number-one single “Rain on Me”. She followed this with her second collaborative album with Bennett, Love for Sale, and a starring role in the biographical crime film House of Gucci, both in 2021.

Having sold 124 million records as of 2014, Gaga is one of the world’s best-selling music artists and the only female artist to achieve four singles that sold at least 10 million copies globally. Her accolades include 12 Grammy Awards, 18 MTV Video Music Awards, 16 Guinness World Records, awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and recognition as Billboard’s Artist of the Year (2010) and Woman of the Year (2015). She has also been included in several Forbes’ power rankings and ranked fourth on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music (2012). Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 and 2019 and placed her on their All-Time 100 Fashion Icons list. Her philanthropy and activism focus on mental health awareness and LGBT rights; in 2012, she founded the Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to empower youth, improve mental health, and prevent bullying. Gaga’s business ventures include Haus Laboratories, a vegan cosmetics brand that launched in 2019.

List of awards and nominations received by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who has received many awards and nominations. She rose to prominence with the release of her debut album The Fame in 2008. The album won several awards and was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. The album and its single “Poker Face” won Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording, respectively, at the 52nd Grammy Awards. It also won International Album at the 2010 Brit Awards. A follow-up EP, titled The Fame Monster, was released in 2009, and included the singles “Bad Romance” and “Telephone”. The music videos of the songs won eight accolades from thirteen nominations at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, making Gaga the most nominated artist in VMA history for a single year and the first woman to receive two nominations for Video of the Year in one single night.[1] In 2011, Gaga was nominated for six Grammy Awards, and won three—Best Pop Vocal Album for The Fame Monster, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video for “Bad Romance”.

Lady Gaga
awards and nominations

Gaga at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Awards and nominations

Academy Awards
1 wins
3 nominations
American Music Awards
3
16
Billboard Music Awards
9
42
Brit Awards
3
5
British Academy Film Awards
1
3
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
2
5
Golden Globe Awards
2
5
Grammy Awards
12
34
MTV Video Music Awards
18
40
Primetime Emmy Awards
0
3
Screen Actors Guild Awards
0
4

Born This Way (2011), Gaga’s second studio album, accrued three nominations at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, including her third consecutive nomination for Album of the Year. It also received several Album of the Year nominations at major awards around the world, such as the Juno Award and Hungarian Music Awards, winning the Japan Gold Disc Award. The music video for the title track won two VMAs, including Best Female Video. Her third album, Artpop (2013), was nominated for Top Dance/Electronic Album at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. In other musical ventures, Gaga released a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett, titled Cheek to Cheek (2014), which received the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

In 2015, Gaga released a song “Til It Happens to You”, for the documentary film, The Hunting Ground. The song won a Satellite Award for Best Original Song, and was nominated for an Academy Award, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Song, and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. That year, she became the first artist to win the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award for “attaining an iconic status in pop culture”. Gaga received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and a nomination at the 20th Satellite Awards for her role in the fifth season of American Horror Story, entitled Hotel. She has received three nominations at the Emmy Awards for her concerts television specials Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, and Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga.

In 2018, Gaga starred as Ally Maine in the musical romance A Star Is Born, which garnered her the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, while nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a BAFTA Award. She also contributed to the film’s soundtrack, which earned her the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. For its lead single “Shallow”, she received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and four nominations at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, winning for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media—which she also won the following year for “I’ll Never Love Again” along with a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. As a result, Gaga became the first woman in history to win an Academy Award, Grammy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award in one single year.[2] Chromatica (2020), Gaga’s sixth studio album, yielded the single “Rain on Me” which secured her second Best Pop Duo/Group Performance win at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (and becoming the first all-female collaboration in history to win that award), bringing her total Grammy wins to twelve. At the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, she was honored with the inaugural Tricon Award recognizing artists accomplished in different areas of the entertainment industry, and won four more awards, making her the third biggest winner in VMAs’ history, with eighteen awards.[3]

In addition to music awards, Gaga has earned several accolades for her philanthropic efforts, fourteen Guinness World Records, and received a National Arts Awards’ Young Artist Award, which honors individuals who have shown accomplishments and leadership early in their career. She also won the Fashion Icon award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2011 and the Jane Ortner Artist Award from the Grammy Museum in 2016. Recognized by Billboard as the Greatest Pop Star in 2009, with honorable mention in 2010 and 2011, and Woman of the Year in 2015, she has also been included in several Forbes’ power rankings, was ranked fourth on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music (2012), and was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 and 2019.

Discography
Main articles: Lady Gaga discography and List of songs recorded by Lady Gaga
Solo studio albums

🔸The Fame (2008) (reissued in 2009 as The Fame Monster)
🔸Born This Way (2011)
🔸Artpop (2013)
🔸Joanne (2016)
🔸Chromatica (2020)
Collaborative studio albums

🔸Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett) (2014)
🔸Love for Sale (with Tony Bennett) (2021)

Filmography
Main article: Lady Gaga videography
🔸Machete Kills (2013)
🔸Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
🔸Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017)
🔸A Star Is Born (2018)
🔸House of Gucci (2021)

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Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry)

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and television judge. She is known for her influence on the pop sound and style of the 2010s. Pursuing a career in gospel music at 16, Perry released her commercially unsuccessful debut album, Katy Hudson (2001), under Red Hill Records. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to venture into secular music, adopting the stage name “Katy Perry” from her mother’s maiden name. With producers Glen Ballard and Greg Wells, she recorded an unreleased album titled Fingerprints while signed to Java Records and then Columbia Records before being dropped. After this, she signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.[1]

Katy Perry

Perry performing at her Play concert residency in 2021

Born
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson

October 25, 1984 (age 37)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Other names
Katy Hudson
Katheryn Perry
Occupation
Singer
songwriter
actress
entrepreneur
television judge
Years active
2001–present
Spouse(s)
Russell Brand


(m. 2010; div. 2012)
Partner(s)
Orlando Bloom
(2016–present; engaged)
Children
1
Relatives
Frank Perry (uncle)
Musical career
Genres
Pop
 rock
 disco
Instruments
Vocals
 guitar
Labels
Red Hill
 Java
 Columbia
 Capitol
Associated acts
The Matrix
Website
katyperry.com

Perry rose to fame with her second album and major label debut, One of the Boys (2008), a pop rock record containing her debut single “I Kissed a Girl” and follow-up single “Hot n Cold“, which respectively reached number one and three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The disco-influenced pop album Teenage Dream (2010) spawned five U.S. number one singles—”California Gurls“, “Teenage Dream“, “Firework“, “E.T.“, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)“—becoming the first album by a solo female artist to do so. A reissue titled Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012) subsequently had the U.S. number one single “Part of Me“. Her fourth album Prism (2013) has themes of self-empowerment and relationships. With the music videos for its U.S. number one singles “Roar” and “Dark Horse“, Perry became the first artist to have multiple videos reach one billion views on YouTubeWitness (2017) featured an electropop sound with themes of liberation and a political subtext, while Smile (2020) featured themes of motherhood and self-help. She later embarked on her first concert residency titled Play in Resorts World Las Vegas, selling out multiple shows and receiving critical acclaim.

Perry is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 143 million records worldwide. All of her studio albums released under Capitol have individually surpassed one billion streams on Spotify.[2] She has nine U.S. number one singles, three U.S. number one albums and has received various accolades, including four Guinness World Records, five Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award. Perry has been included in the annual Forbes lists of highest-earning women in music from 2011 to 2019. Her critically acclaimed Super Bowl halftime show performance is the most watched in history. Outside of music, she released an autobiographical documentary titled Katy Perry: Part of Me in 2012, and voiced Smurfette in The Smurfs film series. Perry began serving as a judge on American Idol, starting from its sixteenth season in 2018. She is also the most followed woman on Twitter, with over 100 million followers.

List of awards and nominations received by Katy Perry

American singer Katy Perry has received various awards and nominations throughout her career. She is the recipient of five American Music Awards, 16 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, 10 BMI Awards, four Guinness World Records, five MTV Video Music Awards, 14 People’s Choice Awards, a Juno Award, a Brit Award, two Myx Music Awards, three NRJ Music Awards, and five Teen Choice Awards. She has also been nominated for two ARIA Music Awards, 13 Grammy Awards, two Q Awards, and five Radio Disney Music Awards.

Katy Perry
awards and nominations

Katy Perry performing in August 2017

Katy Perry performing in August 2017

American Music Awards
5 Wins
14 Nominations
APRA Awards
0
2
ARIA Music Awards
0
2
ASCAP Pop Music Awards
16
16
Billboard Music Awards
5
37
Billboard Latin Music Awards
0
1
Billboard Touring Awards
1
3
Billboard Women in Music
1
1
BMI Awards
10
10
Brit Awards
1
5
Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards
0
2
CMT Music Awards
0
1
Do Something Awards
0
2
Elle Style Awards
1
1
Emmy Awards
0
1
Eska Music Awards
1
1
Glamour Awards
1
1
Grammy Awards
0
13
Guinness World Records
4
4
Human Rights Campaign Gala
1
1
iHeartRadio Music Awards
1
4
Juno Awards
1
2
LOS40 Music Awards
0
3
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica
1
5
Meus Prêmios Nick
0
3
MTV Australia Awards
1
1
MTV Europe Music Awards
6
33
MTV Italian Music Awards
0
10
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil
1
2
MTV Video Music Awards
5
31
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
4
11
MuchMusic Video Awards
2
9
Myx Music Awards
2
4
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
3
15
Nickelodeon Argentina Kids’ Choice Awards
0
2
Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards
2
3
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards
1
2
NME Awards
0
4
NRJ Music Awards
3
9
People’s Choice Awards
14
24
Pop Awards
0
2
Premios Juventud
0
3
Q Awards
0
2
Radio Academy
1
1
Radio Disney Music Awards
0
5
red! Star Award
1
1
The Record of the Year
0
2
Teen Choice Awards
5
31
The Trevor Project
1
1
UNICEF
1
1
Webby Awards
2
3
YouTube Music Awards
1
2

Perry’s second studio album One of the Boys was released in 2008 and received the 2009 NRJ Music Award for International Album of the Year. Two singles from the album—”I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold”—were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2009 and 2010 respectively; the former’s music video received five MTV Video Music Award nominations and the MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best Pop Video. She received several Best New Artist nominations, including one at the Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2008, and won the 2008 MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act and also won the 2009 Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist. Her third album, Teenage Dream, became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs—”California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”.[1] For the feat, she received a 2011 honorary American Music Award and an entry in the 2013 edition of Guinness World Record. The album was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Firework”, and won the Juno Award for International Album of the Year.

Perry received the most nominations at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards with ten, winning Video of the Year for “Firework” and Best Collaboration and Best Special Effects for “E.T.”. She became the first artist to be nominated for four different videos at a single ceremony.[2] Her single “Wide Awake” from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection—a reissue of her third album Teenage Dream—was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance. In 2012, Billboard magazine declared her the “Woman of the Year” for her contributions to music.[3] Perry’s fourth album, Prism, released in 2013, produced two Canadian number-one singles “Roar”[4] and “Dark Horse”.[5] The former was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. At the following ceremony, the album received a Best Pop Vocal Album nomination while “Dark Horse” was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. “Dark Horse” won Single of the Year at the 2014 American Music Awards. Perry was declared the Top Global Female Recording Artist of 2013 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[6] She has been included in the Forbes list of “Top-Earning Women In Music” from 2011 to 2016, ranking among the top ten each year.[7]

She was also honoured in November 2016 at UNICEF by Hillary Clinton, through the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.[8]

Artistry
Influences

Perry cites her sister Angela as the woman who has had the most influence on her.[268] During the early stages of her career, Perry’s musical style gravitat

ed towards gospel and she aspired to be as successful as Amy Grant.[272] At age 15, she heard “Killer Queen” by Queen, which inspired her to pursue a music career.[273] She cites the band’s frontman, Freddie Mercury, as her biggest influence and expressed how the “combination of his sarcastic approach to writing lyrics and his ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude” inspired her music.[274] She paid homage to the band by naming her third fragrance Killer Queen.[193] Perry described the Beach Boys and their album Pet Sounds as having a considerable influence on her music: “Pet Sounds is one of my favorite records and it influenced pretty much all of my songwriting. All of the melody choices that I make are because of Pet Sounds.”[275] The singer also holds the Beatles’ album The Beatles in high esteem, and described these two albums as “the only things I listened to for probably two years straight.”[276]

She cites Alanis Morissette and her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill as a significant musical inspiration, stating in 2012: “Jagged Little Pill was the most perfect female record ever made. There’s a song for anyone on that record; I relate to all those songs. They’re still so timeless.” Additionally, Perry borrows influence from Flaming Red by Patty Griffin and 10 Cent Wings by Jonatha Brooke.[277] Perry’s autobiographical documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me was largely influenced by Madonna: Truth or Dare. She admires Madonna’s ability to reinvent herself, saying “I want to evolve like Madonna”.[278]

Perry names Björk as an influence, particularly admiring her “willingness to always be taking chances”.[277] Other artists who Perry has cited as influences include Stevie Nicks,[279] ABBA, the Cardigans,[280] Cyndi Lauper,[281] Ace of Base, 3OH!3,[282] CeCe Peniston, C+C Music Factory, Black Box, Crystal Waters, Mariah Carey,[283] Heart, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Imogen Heap, Rufus Wainwright,[284] Pink,[285] and Gwen Stefani.[277] “Firework” was inspired by a passage in the book On the Road by Jack Kerouac in which the author compares people who are full of life to fireworks that shoot across the sky and make people watch in awe.[286] Her second concert tour, the California Dreams Tour, was reminiscent of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.[287] She also credits the 1996 film The Craft for inspiring her song “Dark Horse”,[288] and Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now for influencing Prism.[150]

Musical style and themes
“When I am in between records, sometimes I doubt myself. I’ll be like ‘Did I just get lucky, or did I mass-manipulate the world into thinking that seven songs were worth a number-one position?’ And then I go back into the studio and I start writing, and the true essential oil of who I am comes bubbling back up and reminds me that it’s always been inside of me, that nobody can take this away no matter what comment anyone makes.”—Perry on her confidence as a songwriter[289]
While Perry’s music incorporates pop, rock, and disco, Katy Hudson contains gospel. Her subsequent releases, One of the Boys and Teenage Dream, involve themes of sex and love. One of the Boys is a pop rock record, while Teenage Dream features disco influences.[290][291] Perry’s fourth album, Prism, is significantly influenced by dance and pop music. Lyrically, the album addresses relationships, self-reflection, and everyday life.[292] Her fifth studio effort Witness is an electropop album that she described as a “360-degree liberation” record, with themes including political liberation, sexual liberation, and liberation from negativity.[293][294] Many of her songs, particularly on Teenage Dream, reflect on love between teenagers; W magazine described the album’s sexual innuendos as “irresistible hook-laden melodies”.[33] Self-empowerment is a common theme in Perry’s music.[295]

Perry has described herself as a “singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star”[296] and maintains that honest songwriting is very important to her. She told Marie Claire: “I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest. I think you become more relatable when you’re vulnerable.”[17] Actress and comedian Kristen Wiig commented that “as easy, breezy, and infectious as Perry’s songs can be, beneath the surface lurks a sea of mixed emotions, jumbled motives, and contradictory impulses complicated enough to fill a Carole King record.”[276] According to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, “being taken seriously may be Perry’s greatest challenge yet.”[297] In 2013, The New York Times labeled her “the most potent pop star of the day – her hits are relatable with just a hint of experimentation”.[298] Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times criticized her use of idioms and metaphors in her lyrics and for frequent “clichés”.[299] Throughout her career, Perry has also co-written songs recorded by other artists, including Lesley Roy,[300] Kelly Clarkson,[301] Jessie James Decker,[302] Selena Gomez & the Scene,[303][304] Britney Spears,[305] Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora,[306] Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande.[307]

Voice
Perry possesses a contralto vocal range.[308][309] Her singing has received both praise and criticism. Betty Clarke of The Guardian commented that her “powerful voice is hard-edged”[310] while Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone described Perry’s vocals on Teenage Dream as “processed staccato blips”.[291] Darren Harvey of musicOMH compared Perry’s vocals on One of the Boys to Alanis Morissette’s, both possessing a “perky voice shifting octaves mid-syllable”.[311] Alex Miller from NME felt that “Perry’s problem is often her voice” on One of the Boys, stating that “somewhere along the line someone convinced her she was like, well, a ballsy rock chick”.[312] Conversely, Bernadette McNulty from The Daily Telegraph praised her “rock chick voice” in a review of a concert promoting Prism.[313]

—Perry on her confidence as a songwriter[289]
While Perry’s music incorporates pop, rock, and disco, Katy Hudson contains gospel. Her subsequent releases, One of the Boys and Teenage Dream, involve themes of sex and love. One of the Boys is a pop rock record, while Teenage Dream features disco influences.[290][291] Perry’s fourth album, Prism, is significantly influenced by dance and pop music. Lyrically, the album addresses relationships, self-reflection, and everyday life.[292] Her fifth studio effort Witness is an electropop album that she described as a “360-degree liberation” record, with themes including political liberation, sexual liberation, and liberation from negativity.[293][294] Many of her songs, particularly on Teenage Dream, reflect on love between teenagers; W magazine described the album’s sexual innuendos as “irresistible hook-laden melodies”.[33] Self-empowerment is a common theme in Perry’s music.[295]

Perry has described herself as a “singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star”[296] and maintains that honest songwriting is very important to her. She told Marie Claire: “I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest. I think you become more relatable when you’re vulnerable.”[17] Actress and comedian Kristen Wiig commented that “as easy, breezy, and infectious as Perry’s songs can be, beneath the surface lurks a sea of mixed emotions, jumbled motives, and contradictory impulses complicated enough to fill a Carole King record.”[276] According to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, “being taken seriously may be Perry’s greatest challenge yet.”[297] In 2013, The New York Times labeled her “the most potent pop star of the day – her hits are relatable with just a hint of experimentation”.[298] Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times criticized her use of idioms and metaphors in her lyrics and for frequent “clichés”.[299] Throughout her career, Perry has also co-written songs recorded by other artists, including Lesley Roy,[300] Kelly Clarkson,[301] Jessie James Decker,[302] Selena Gomez & the Scene,[303][304] Britney Spears,[305] Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora,[306] Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande.[307]

Discography
Main articles: Katy Perry discography and List of songs recorded by Katy Perry
Katy Hudson (2001)
One of the Boys (2008)
Teenage Dream (2010)
Prism (2013)
Witness (2017)
Smile (2020)

Filmography
Main article: Katy Perry videography
The Smurfs (2011)
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
Brand: A Second Coming (2015)
Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour (2015)
Katy Perry: Making of the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show (2015)
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer (2015)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016)

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Ariana Grande-Butera

Ariana Grande-Butera (/ˌɑːriˈɑːnə ˈɡrændiː/;[1] born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her four-octave vocal range has received public acclaim, and her personal life has been the subject of widespread media attention. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, one Bambi Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and 26 Guinness World Records.

Ariana Grande

Grande at the 2020 Grammy Awards

Born
Ariana Grande-Butera
June 26, 1993 (age 28)
Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Occupation
Singersongwriteractress
Years active
2008–present
Agent
Scooter Braun
Spouse(s)
Dalton Gomez (m. 2021)
Relatives
Frankie Grande (half-brother)
Musical career
Genres
PopR&B
Instruments
Vocals
Labels
Republic
Associated acts
Big Sean Cashmere Cat Doja Cat Mac Miller Nicki Minaj Victoria Monét The Weeknd
Website
arianagrande.com
Signature

Grande began her music career at age 15 in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She rose to fame for playing Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–2013) and Sam & Cat (2013–2014). Grande signed with Republic Records in 2011 after label executives viewed YouTube videos of her covering songs. Her 1950s doo-wop-influenced pop and R&B debut album,[2] Yours Truly (2013), topped the US Billboard 200, while its lead single, “The Way”, reached the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100. Grande’s voice and whistle register on the album drew immediate comparisons to Mariah Carey.

She continued to explore pop and R&B in her second and third studio albums, My Everything (2014) and Dangerous Woman (2016). My Everything experimented with EDM and achieved global success with its singles “Problem”, “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”; Dangerous Woman became her first of four consecutive number-one albums in the UK. Personal struggles influenced her trap-infused fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019), both of which were critical and commercial successes. Sweetener won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, and Thank U, Next broke the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album and was nominated for Album of the Year.[3] The singles “Thank U, Next”, “7 Rings”, and “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” made Grande the first solo artist to hold the top three spots on the Hot 100 simultaneously and the first woman to succeed herself at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Her 2020 collaborations “Stuck with U” with Justin Bieber and “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga helped her break the record for most number-one debuts on the Hot 100, the latter winning the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Grande’s R&B-focused sixth studio album, Positions (2020), and its title track debuted at number-one in the UK and US. In 2021, she had her sixth US number-one single after featuring on the remix of The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears”.

Often regarded as a pop cultural icon and triple threat entertainer,[4][5][6] Grande is one of the world’s best-selling music artists; she has sold more than 85 million records globally, and all of her studio albums have been certified platinum or higher.[7] Among her Billboard chart records, she is the first artist and only woman to have five number-one debuts, to chart three number one-debuts in one calendar year, to debut the lead singles from each of her studio albums in the top ten, and to have their first five number one singles debut at top spot. Grande is the most streamed female artist ever, the most streamed female artist on Spotify (also 2010s decade) and Apple Music, the most followed female artist on Spotify, and the most subscribed female artist on YouTube.[8][9][10] She has been included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2016 and 2019) and the Forbes Celebrity 100 (2019–2020). Grande was named Woman of the Year (2018), the greatest pop star of 2019,[11] and the most successful female artist to debut in the 2010s by Billboard.[12][13] Aside from music, she worked with many charitable organizations and advocates for animal rights, mental health, and gender, racial, and LGBT equality. Grande has a large following on social media; she became the most followed woman on Instagram in 2019,[14][note 1] and has over 300 million followers as of 2022. She has also ventured into the cosmetics and fashion industries.

List of awards and nominations received by Ariana Grande

American singer and actress Ariana Grande has won more than 187 awards throughout her career. Her debut album Yours Truly was released in 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[1] The album spawned three singles “The Way“, “Baby I” and “Right There“, all which reached the Hot 100.[2]That same year, she won New Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. She played a titular role in the teen sitcom Sam & Cat (2013–14), for which she won a Favorite TV Actress award at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Awards

American Music Awards
3 wins
18 nominations
AMFT Awards

3 wins
18 nominations
ASCAP Pop Music AwardsBambi Awards
1
1
BBC Radio 1’s Teen Awards
2
3
Billboard.com Mid-Year Music Awards
2
5
Billboard Music Awards
2
28
Billboard Women in Music
2
2
Bravo Otto
3
5
BreakTudo Awards
2
2
Brit Awards
1Clio Awards
4
4
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
0
2
Danish Music Awards
0
1
Denver Film Critics Society
0
1
Detroit Film Critics Society
0
1
DiscussingFilm Critic Awards
0
1
FiFi Awards
5
5
GAFFA Awards (Denmark)
3
6
GAFFA Awards (Norway)
1
2
GAFFA Awards (Sweden)
2
6
Georgia Film Critics Association
0
1
Glamour Awards
0
2
Global Awards
0
4
Gold Derby Music Awards
1
8
Gold Derby Film Awards
0
2
Grammy Awards
2
15
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards
0
1
Guinness World Records
26
26
Hawaii Film Critics Society Awards
0
1
Hito Pop Music Awards
1
1
Hollywood Critics Association
0
1
Hollywood Music in Media Awards
0
2
Houston Film Critics Society
0
1
iHeartRadio MMVAs
0
4
iHeartRadio Music Awards
6
35
iHeartRadio Titanium Award
5
5
Japan Gold Disc Awards
7
7
Joox Thailand Music Awards
1
2
Juno Awards
0
2
LOS40 Music Awards
0
5
Love Perfume Awards
2
2
Lunas del Auditorio
0
2
Melon Music Awards
0
1
MTV Europe Music Awards
3
32
MTV Italian Music Awards
2
4
MTV Millennial Awards
3
10
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil
1
8
MTV Movie & TV Awards
0
3
MTV Video Music Awards
9
42
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
4
5
MTV Video Play Awards
5
5
Music Business Association
1
1
Music City Film Critics Association
0
2
MusicDaily Awards Hungary
1
1
Myx Music Awards
0
4
NAACP Image Awards
0
1
National Youth Theatre Awards
1
1
Neox Fan Awards
0
1
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
8
14
Meus Prêmios Nick
2
9
Nickelodeon Argentina Kids’ Choice Awards
2
4
Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards
0
3
Nickelodeon Colombia Kids’ Choice Awards
1
5
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards
1
6
Nickelodeon UK Kids’ Choice Awards
0
1
NME Awards
2
2
North Carolina Critics Association
North Dakota Film Society
North Texas Critics Associatio
NRJ Music Awards
People’s Choice Awards
PLAY – Portuguese Music Awards
Pollstar Awards
Q Awards
Queerty Awards
Radio Disney Music Awards
Rockbjörnen
RTHK International Pop Poll Awards
San Diego Film Critics Society
Satellite Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Shorty Awards
Society of Composers and Lyricists Awards
Space Shower Music Awards
Spotify Awards
Streamy Awards
Sunset Circle Awards
TEC Awards
Teen Choice Award
Telehit Awards
Ticketmaster Awards
Young Hollywood Awards
YouTube Music Awards

In 2014, Grande released her second studio album, My Everything, preceded by its lead single “Problem”. At the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, “Problem” won the Best Pop Video award, and garnered three nominations, including Best Female Video. The single also won Best Song at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. She won the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the 40th ceremony of the People’s Choice Awards. At the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards, Grande earned three nominations, including Hottest Music Artist. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Grande was nominated for two awards. In 2015, she won another American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and an iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Collaboration for “Bang Bang”. She has won a total of ten Teen Choice Awards and six Radio Disney Music Awards.

In 2016, Grande released her third studio album, Dangerous Woman. She was nominated for five awards at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, which included Best Pop Video and Best Female Video for her second single “Into You”. She won the American Music Award for Artist of the Year. At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Grande was nominated for two more awards, for Best Pop Solo Performance for her single “Dangerous Woman” as well as Best Pop Vocal Album, her second nomination in that category. In 2017, she was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.

In 2018, Grande released her fourth studio album, Sweetener, releasing lead single “No Tears Left to Cry”. Grande was nominated for five awards at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for “No Tears Left to Cry”, but ultimately won Best Pop Video for the latter song. In December 2018, Grande was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. In 2019, Grande released her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, which includes the lead single “Thank U, Next”. Grande was nominated for two awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, winning her first award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener. She was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for Sweetener’s second single, “God is a Woman”. Grande also won the award for International Female Solo Artist at the 2019 Brit Awards. Grande was nominated for nine awards at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist; she won two awards, for Billboard Chart Achievement and Top Female Artist. Grande was also nominated for 12 awards at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year for “Thank U, Next”. She won three awards, including Artist of the Year.[3] Grande was also nominated for five Grammy awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Thank U, Next and Record of the Year for “7 Rings”.[4]

Grande was nominated for nine VMAs at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year for “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga.[5] Grande would go on to win a Grammy Award at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga, marking it the first female-collaboration to win the award. As of 2021, Grande has broken 26 Guinness World Records.[6] At the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, Grande was nominated for three awards, for Best Pop Vocal Album for her sixth studio album, Positions, which became her fifth consecutive nomination in this category, tied for the most by any artist, and Best Pop Solo Performance for the single, “Positions”, where she also tied for the most nominations in this category with four total. Furthermore, for her work on Doja Cat’s third studio album, Planet Her, as a collaborator and songwriter on the track, “I Don’t Do Drugs”, she was nominated for Album of the Year for the second time.[7] In 2021, Grande appeared in the film Don’t Look Up, directed and written by Adam McKay, playing the character Riley Bina. For her role in the film, as well as for her contributions to the film’s song, “Just Look Up”, written and performed by Grande, she has received numerous nominations, including a Critics Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Artistry

Musical style and genres

“Thank U, Next” (0:21)

Grande’s music explores R&B elements, shown on “Thank U, Next”, displaying a “dreamy undertone” under a synth line.

Grande’s music is generally pop and R&B with elements of EDMhip hop,[245][246][247][248] and trap,[249][250][251] the latter first appearing prominently on her Christmas & Chill extended play. While consistently maintaining pop-R&B tones, she has increased incorporation of trap into her music as her career has progressed[252] thanks to her work with record producer Tommy Brown.[253] She has worked with Brown on every album and stated that “one of the things I love most about working with Tommy is that none of the beats he plays me ever sound the same.”[254] Grande learned how to sound engineer and produce because she loves being hands on during every project, and revealed that Mac Miller taught her how to work with Pro Tools.[255] Justin Tranter, a recent collaborator, felt inspired to see how involved Grande is in her music “from the writing to the vision to the storytelling and to even engineering and comping her own vocals.”[256] She has co-written several of her songs addressing a wide variety of themes such as love, sex, wealth, breakups, independence, empowerment, self-love and moving on from the past.[257]

Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly was complimented for recreating the R&B “vibe and feel of the 90s” with the help of songwriter and producer Babyface.[258] Her follow-up, My Everything, was described as an evolution from her debut record with a new sound exploring EDM and electropop genres.[259] She followed her pop-R&B sound on her third album, Dangerous Woman, which was praised by the Los Angeles Times for adapting to different styles with the reggae-pop “Side to Side”, the dance-pop-influenced “Be Alright”, and the fusion of guitar and trap in “Sometimes”.[260] Her trap-pop sound is heavily featured on her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next.[252] Elias Leight of Rolling Stone believes “with her new album Sweetener, she set her sights on conquering trap, savage basslines and jittery swarms of drum programming.”[261] She also “embraces the sound of hard-bitten Southern hip-hop” exploring elements of funk music with themes of love and prosperity.[261][262] Craig Jenkins of Vulture wrote that Grande had changed and approached her style to trap and hip hop, filled with R&B undertones on Thank U, Next,[263] with lyrics about breakups, empowerment, and self-love.[262] Her sixth album, Positions, expands on the R&B and trap-pop sound of Sweetener and Thank U, Next, with topics about sex and romance.[264][265]

Influences

Grande credits Mariah Carey (left) and Whitney Houston (right) as her major vocal influences

Grande grew up listening mainly to urban pop and 1990s music[246] and says that “Over the Rainbow” was one of the first songs she remembers singing because “Wizard Of Oz was always my favorite movie when I was younger.”[266] Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston are her biggest vocal influences: “I love Mariah Carey. She is literally my favorite human being on the planet. And of course Whitney [Houston] as well. As far as vocal influences go, Whitney and Mariah pretty much cover it.”[266][267] Alongside Carey and Houston, Grande’s other key influences include Celine Dion and Madonna.[268] She reflects on her childhood by posting videos of herself singing songs from Dion’s 1997 album Let’s Talk About Love on her social media.[269] Grande credits Madonna for “pav[ing] the way for me and also every other female artist” and admitted to being “obsessed with her entire discography“.[270][271] She credited Gloria Estefan with inspiring her to pursue a music career, after Estefan saw and complimented Grande’s performance on a cruise ship when she was eight years old.[272]
Grande praised Imogen Heap‘s “intricate” song structure and named Judy Garland as a childhood influence, admiring her ability to tell “a story when she sings”.[262] Musically, Grande admires India.Arie because her “music makes me feel like everything is going to be okay” and loves Brandy‘s songs because “her riffs are incredibly on point.”[262] Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé are also major influences and inspirations in her career.[273] She has also expressed admiration for rappers who impact the music industry without a planned release date, telling Billboard, “My dream has always been to be—obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t. … It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to … drop [music] the way these boys do.”[249] It inspired her to release “Thank U, Next” without any prior announcement, which The Ringer called “more of a Drake move than an Ariana Grande move.”[274]
Voice
Grande is a light lyric soprano,[275][276][277][278] possessing a four-octave vocal range[20][279] and a whistle register.[280] With the release of Yours Truly, critics compared Grande to Mariah Carey because of her wide vocal range, sound and musical material.[281][282] Julianne Escobedo Shepherd of Billboard wrote that both Carey and Grande have “the talent to let their vocals do the talking … that’s not where the similarities end. … Grande is subverting it with cute, comfortable, and on-trend dresses with a feminine slant.”[283] Grande responded to the comparisons, “[I]t’s a huge compliment, but when you hear my entire album, you’ll see that Mariah’s sound is much different than mine.”[273] Steven J. Horowitz of Billboard wrote in 2014, “With her sophomore album, the ‘Problem’ singer no longer resembles [Carey]—and that’s okay.”[282]
Mark Savage of BBC News commented, “Grande is one of pop’s most intriguing and gifted singers. A magnetic performer with unrivalled vocal control”.[20] In The New York TimesJon Pareles wrote that Grande’s voice “can be silky, breathy or cutting, swooping through long melismas or jabbing out short R&B phrases; it’s always supple and airborne, never forced.”[284] Composer and playwright Jason Robert Brown addressed Grande in a 2016 Time magazine article: “[N]o matter how much you are underestimated … you are going to open your mouth and that unbelievable sound is going to come out. That extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument that allows you to shut down every objection and every obstacle.”[285]

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Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell (/ˈaɪlɪʃ/ EYE-lish;[2] born December 18, 2001) is an American singer-songwriter.[dubious – discuss] She first gained public attention in 2015 with her debut single “Ocean Eyes“, which was subsequently released by Darkroom, an imprint of Interscope Records. The song was written and produced by her brother, Finneas O’Connell, with whom she frequently collaborates on music and in live shows. Her debut extended playDon’t Smile at Me (2017), was commercially successful, charting within the top 15 in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Born
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell

December 18, 2001 (age 20)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
Singer
songwriter
Years active
2015–present
Parents
Patrick O’Connell (father)
Maggie Baird (mother)
Relatives
Finneas O’Connell (brother)
Brian Baird (uncle)
Musical career
Genres
Pop
electropop
teen pop
indie pop
Instruments
Vocals
 ukulele
 piano[1]
Labels
Darkroom
Interscope
Polydor
Associated acts
Finneas
Website
billieeilish.com

Eilish’s first studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019), debuted atop the US Billboard 200 and reached number one in the UK. It was one of the best-selling albums of 2019, buoyed by the success of its fifth single, “Bad Guy“, Eilish’s first number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2020, she co-wrote and performed the theme song “No Time to Die” for the James Bond film of the same name, which topped the UK singles chart and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Her next singles “Everything I Wanted“, “My Future“, “Therefore I Am“, and “Your Power” each peaked within the top 10 in the US and UK. Her second album, Happier Than Ever (2021), reached number one in 25 countries.

Eilish has received several accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, one Guinness World Record, three MTV Video Music Awards, three Brit Awards, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. She is the youngest artist in Grammy history and second overall to win all four general field categories—Best New ArtistRecord of the YearSong of the Year, and Album of the Year—in the same year. She was featured in Time magazine’s inaugural Time 100 Next list in 2019, and the main Time 100 list in 2021.[3] According to the RIAA and Billboard, Eilish is the 26th-highest-certified digital singles artist[4] and one of the most successful artists of the 2010s.[5]

Advocacy

Eilish was raised as a vegetarian, and is a regular advocate on social media for animal rights and veganism, and among others has criticized the dairy,[228] wool,[229] and mink fur industries.[230] In 2019, she won a PETA “Best Voice for Animals” award for her online activism.[231] PETA named her their “Person of the Year” for 2021.[232]

In March 2020, Eilish encouraged fans online to register to vote for the 2020 US presidential election.[233] In August 2020, she performed at the 2020 Democratic National Convention and announced her endorsement of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.[234]

Discography

Main articles: Billie Eilish discography and List of songs recorded by Billie Eilish

List of awards and nominations received by Billie Eilish

American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish is the recipient of several awards and nominations, including seven Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, three Brit Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe award and a People’s Choice Award, among others.

Wins
64
Nominations
163

In 2019, Eilish received two Guinness World Records, “Most simultaneous US Hot 100 entries by a female” and “Youngest female at No.1 on UK albums chart”.

Musical style, songwriting, and music videos

Eilish performing for MTV in 2019

A sample of Eilish’s debut studio single Ocean Eyes, which combines elements of popdream-popsynth-popindie-pop and R&B.[143][144][145][146][147]


Eilish possesses a soprano vocal range.[148] Avery Stone of Noisey described her vocals as “ethereal”,[149] and Maura Johnston of Rolling Stone characterized them as “whispery”.[150] Doreen St. Félix of The New Yorker opined that she has a “husky, slurring voice that she can thin out to reedy”.[151] Music critic Robert Christgau wrote that while Eilish is musically and commercially pop, her brand also “reminds us how amorphous [pop] has become”, describing her soprano as “too diminutive for vocal calisthenics”, adding that her “playful version of teen-goth angst” and “electro-saturated debut album” captivated a diverse audience.[152] Her music incorporates pop,[153] dark pop,[154] electropop,[155] emo pop,[156] experimental pop,[157] goth-pop,[158] indie pop,[159] teen pop,[160] and alt-pop.[161]

Eilish’s brother, Finneas, collaborates on songwriting.[162][163] Her brother writes for Eilish’s albums, produces her music, and also performs in live shows.[164][162] Eilish and Finneas “like to completely make up things and become characters” and “have songs that are really fictional”.[163] Eilish said a number of the songs also derive from her and Finneas’ experiences.[163] They try to write “really interesting and conversational” lyrics: “We try to say stuff that doesn’t have to be that deep […] but you say something way deeper in a certain way that makes sense, but you haven’t really thought about.”[163] Finneas has stated when he writes songs for his sister, he aims to “write [songs] that I think she’ll relate to and enjoy singing and empathise with the lyrics and make her own”.[165] When he writes with Eilish, he tries “to help her tell whatever story she’s trying to tell, bounce ideas off of her, listen to her ideas”, and use a language that fits her voice telling the story.[165]

Eilish had wanted to direct her own music videos since age 14 but was initially not given the opportunity due to lack of experience.[166] In 2019, she made her directorial debut with the video for her song “Xanny“.[167]

Eilish also took dance classes until 2016, when a growth plate injury put an end to her dancing career and she turned her focus toward recording music.[41][23][20]

Influences

Eilish grew up listening to the BeatlesJustin BieberGreen Day,[168] Arctic MonkeysLinkin Park[169] and Lana Del Rey.[170] She has said that stumbling upon “Runaway” by Aurora on YouTube inspired her to pursue a music career.[171] Hip hop is her favorite genre and biggest inspiration.[172] Eilish has cited Tyler, the CreatorChildish Gambino, and Avril Lavigne as major musical and style influences for her[173][174] and other influences include Earl SweatshirtJames BlakeAmy Winehouse, the Spice GirlsLordeMarina and the DiamondsBritney SpearsTaylor SwiftNicki MinajXXXTentacion, and Twenty One Pilots.[175][176][177][178][179][180][181][182] She has been compared in the media to Lavigne, Lorde and Del Rey,[183][184][185] the last of whom she says she does not want to be compared to, stating, “That woman [Del Rey] has made her brand so perfect for her whole career and she shouldn’t have to hear that.”[186] She has also named Rihanna as an inspiration for her style choices after she called fashion her “defense mechanism” during an acceptance speech.[187] Eilish said that Ariana Grande‘s 2019 album Thank U, Next inspired her to continue making music.[188]

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Sia Kate Isobelle Furler discography and filmography

Sia Kate Isobelle Furler (/ˈsiːə/ SEE-ə; born 18 December 1975) is an Australian singer and songwriter. She started her career as a singer in the acid jazz band Crisp in the mid-1990s in Adelaide. In 1997, when Crisp disbanded, she released her debut studio album, titled OnlySee, in Australia. She moved to London and provided vocals for the British duo Zero 7. Sia released her second studio album, Healing Is Difficult, in 2001, and her third, Colour the Small One, in 2004.

Sia

Sia performing in Austin, Texas, in 2006

Born
Sia Kate Isobelle Furler

18 December 1975 (age 46)
AdelaideSouth Australia, Australia
Occupation
Singer
songwriter
voice actress
director
Spouse(s)
Erik Anders Lang


(m. 2014; div. 2016)
Children
2
Awards
APRA
ARIA Music Awards
Billboard Music Awards
Golden Globe Awards
Grammy Awards
iHeartRadio Music Awards
LOS40 Music Awards
MTV Video Music Awards
Rolling Stone Australia Awards
World Music Awards
Musical career
Genres
Pop
electropop
indie pop
Labels
Dance Pool
Go! Beat
Inertia
RCA
Monkey Puzzle
Atlantic
Associated acts
Zero 7
LSD
Maddie Ziegler
David Guetta
Website
siamusic.net

Signature

Sia moved to New York City in 2005 and toured the United States. Her fourth and fifth studio albums, Some People Have Real Problems and We Are Born, were released in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Each was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association and attracted wider notice than her earlier albums. Uncomfortable with her growing fame, Sia took a hiatus from performing and focused on songwriting for other artists, producing successful collaborations “Titanium” (with David Guetta), “Diamonds” (with Rihanna) and “Wild Ones” (with Flo Rida).

In 2014, Sia broke through as a solo recording artist when her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard 200 and generated the top-ten single “Chandelier” and a trilogy of music videos co-directed by Sia and starring child dancer Maddie Ziegler. Since then, Sia has usually worn a wig that obscures her face to protect her privacy.[1] Her seventh studio album, This Is Acting (2016), spawned her first Billboard Hot 100 number one single, “Cheap Thrills“. The same year, Sia began her Nostalgic for the Present Tour, which incorporated dancing by Ziegler and others, and other performance art elements. Her eighth studio album, Everyday Is Christmas, was released in 2017 and reissued in 2018 with three bonus tracks. In 2018, she collaborated with Labrinth and Diplo in the group LSD, and they released their self-titled debut album in April 2019.

Sia wrote and directed a feature film, titled Music, which was released in early 2021 alongside an album, Music – Songs from and Inspired by the Motion Picture. Among the accolades received by Sia are nearly a dozen ARIA Awards, 9 Grammy Award nominations and an MTV Video Music Award.

Artistry and musical style

At the start of her career, with the bands Crisp[130] and Jamiroquai, Sia performed acid jazz in Australia and later in London.[131] With her first solo single, “Taken for Granted”, she experimented with trip hop.[130] When she joined Zero 7, she sang downtempo numbers.[132]

With Colour the Small One (2004) and Some People Have Real Problems (2007) she moved into jazz[133] and folktronica,[134] although the album’s biggest hit, “Breathe Me“, is described as alternative rock and a power ballad.[135] Some People Have Real Problems expanded her connection with indie pop.[136][137] Sia stated, “Colour the Small One … couldn’t be more derivative of Kings of Convenience and James Taylor and the things that Zero 7 were playing on the [tour] bus. I’m very easily influenced.”[138]

In 2009, after leaving Zero 7, Sia dedicated herself entirely to her solo career.[139] We Are Born (2010), incorporated various pop styles, including synthpop and R&B, with introspective themes accompanied by more insistent and livelier rhythms.[140] 1000 Forms of Fear (2014) consolidated her connection with pop (with traces of electropop, reggae and hip-hop),[141][142] while This Is Acting (2016) is mostly composed of songs written by Sia with other female pop artists in mind, but the artists did not include the songs on their albums.[143] Sia described songwriting for others as “play-acting.”[138] The Guardian‘s Kitty Empire commented that the latter album “provides an obvious counterpoint to Sia’s more personal album of 2014, 1000 Forms of Fear, whose stonking single, “Chandelier”, tackled her intoxicated past. This Is Acting makes plain the fact of manufacture – a process akin to bespoke tailoring.”[143] The record also alternates reggae and electropop with more introspective themes.[144][145]

In her 2016 live performances, Sia’s music was part of performance-art-like shows that involved dance and theatrical effects.[103][146] An MTV News writer opined that “Sia’s throaty, slurred vocals are her norm”,[147] while a contributor to The Fader noted that “in the Billboard Hot 100 landscape, Sia’s songwriting voice, which deals with depression and addiction, is singular—her actual voice even more so.”[148] Everyday Is Christmas (2017), Sia’s first release of Christmas music, is a pop album that gives old-fashioned holiday music “some 21st century pop gloss”[149] and is made for those who grow tired of the classics.[150] Music – Songs from and Inspired by the Motion Picture (2021) further developed Sia’s pop music catalogue, with the album incorporating more electropop and reggae, alongside R&B and EDM.[151] National Public Radio called Sia “the 21st century’s most resilient songwriter”.[152]

Discography

Main articles: Sia discography and List of songs recorded by Sia

Filmography

Further information: Sia discography § Songwriting and other appearances

Sia wrote and/or performed songs on the following film soundtracks:

List of awards and nominations received by Sia

Sia is an Australian singer, songwriter, voice actress, music video director and record producer. She has released nine studio albums: OnlySee (1997), Healing Is Difficult (2002), Colour the Small One (2004), Some People Have Real Problems (2008), We Are Born (2010), 1000 Forms of Fear (2014), This Is Acting (2016), Everyday Is Christmas (2017) and Music – Songs from and Inspired by the Motion Picture (2021). She released the live album Lady Croissant in 2007, and her greatest hits album Best Of… was released in Australia in 2012.

Sia performing in 2008

In 2002, Sia received the Breakthrough Songwriter Award from the APRA Music Awards, presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association. Since then, Sia has been nominated for three People’s Choice Awards, two Brit Award, four World Music Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. She has won three NRJ Awards, one MTV Video Music Award, ten ARIA Music Awards, and ten APRA Music Awards.

Sia has received a total of nine Grammy Award nominations. “Chandelier” was nominated for Record and Song of the Year at the 2015 ceremony.