All hail Queen Bey!
Billboard just named Beyoncé the number one defining artist of the 2010s.
“What does it mean to define a musical era?” Billboard wrote. “For us, it means to bend the universe of the medium toward you, to become the star that every other entity is forced to orbit.”
And Bey is exactly that. She flipped the industry on its head with the release of her self-titled album, Beyoncé. Billboard praised her “On the Run Tour” with hubby Jay Z and her successful reunion with Destiny’s Child at the 2013 Super Bowl. Quoting her female anthem “Run the World (Girls),” the magazine commended her ability to bear a child, “then get back to business.” What can we say? The girl is fierce.
“Nobody’s perfect, but Beyoncé is just about as flawless as they come—and in the 2010s—the rest of the music world was simply trying (and failing) to keep up with her,” they wrote.
Other artists who made the list? Kanye West, landing the number two spot. Drake and Nicki Minaj scored numbers five and six, respectively, and Kendrick Lamar came in at number ten.