Every artist tries to be different from anything or anyone that came before them, from their look to their sound. But as the saying goes, there’s really nothing new under the sun. Not surprisingly, new artists more often than not remind us someone who came before them. Take Beyoncé’s high-energy performances which seem like a modern-day adaptation of Tina Turner’s smoking-hot moves back in the day. Or how Rihanna’s out-there fashion and “I don’t care” attitude screams Grace Jones.
In celebration of Black Music Month, we’re taking a look at who today’s current crop of singers remind us of.