‘Entertainment Weekly’ Names “The 30 Greatest Artists Right Now”: Who Made The Cut?
(We’ve also included the little nicknames EW gave them to give some context to their inclusion.)
Entertainment Weekly‘s 30 Greatest Artists Right Now
1. Adele – Undisputed World Champion
We’re glad to see EW name recent breakout acts like Gotye, fun., and Calvin Harris amidst the ranks, plus old standbys like Fiona Apple, Coldplay, and Jay-Z, who could have made this list ten years ago and will probably still be making it a decade from now. It’s sure hard to argue with entertainers like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Drake rounding out the Top 5. (But frankly, we’re a little surprised that Rihanna just barely made the Top 10!) In fact, this list looks pretty much identical to the roster of Grammy nominees this year, doesn’t it?
You can probably thank Lady Gaga’s recent vow of silence for her relatively low ranking at #24 — a year ago, it’d be a different story. As for the most conspicuous absences, we can’t argue that Britney Spears has been too quiet lately to make the cut or that we still need to hear what else Justin Bieber is cooking up for his new album before he joins this lofty crew. The recent British boy band craze also didn’t really register here, did it?
One crime that struck us is the absence of Robyn, but (siiigh) we’re so used to seeing her be unrecognized, and franky, it only makes us love her more.
But where the hell is Madonna?
You know — the woman who just scored her eighth #1 album?
Yes, that Madonna. We demand a recount!
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