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10 Artists That Should've Won Artist of the Decade

by Madison Rheam 3 years ago in celebrities
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Instead of Taylor Swift

1. Selena Gomez was at least a better option than Taylor.


Selena Gomez was my childhood idol. In 2010 she released her A Year Without Rain album. The album included our favorite hits: "A Year Without Rain," "Round & Round," and "Live Like There's No Tomorrow." In 2011 she released When the Sun Goes Down leaving us with her catchy song, "Love You Like a Love Song." In 2013 she released her album, Stars Dance. This album sent us into a repeating Gomez spiral with "Come & Get It" stuck in our head and "Slow Down" on replay. In 2014 she released For You. This album included all our previous favorites and introduced "The Heart Wants What it Wants" and "Naturally." Mid-decade she released her fire album, Revival. This album included fan favorites: "Good for You," "Kill'em with Kindness," "Hands to Myself," and "Same Old Love." In 2015 she also became the face of Pantene hair products. In August 2016 Selena cancelled half of her tour because of anxiety, panic attacks, and depression caused by her lupus. At the 2016 American Music Awards Selena received Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. In 2017 she collabed with Kygo and created the single, "It Ain't Me." Not to mention she created her single, "Bad Liar," which turned out to be everyone's song of the summer in 2017. Following that she created Fetish with Gucci Mane and Wolves with Marshmello. In 2018 she made single, "Back to You." In the beginning of 2019 she created "I Can't Get Enough" with Benny Blanco, Tainy, and J Balvin. Throughout the rest of this year she released two sneak peaks from her upcoming album we will see January 10, 2020. She let us hear "Lose You to Love Me" and "Look At Her Now," which if her upcoming album is as good as these two songs, it's gonna be fire.


2. Like maybe Rihanna?


Beginning in 2010, Rihanna created album, Loud. This album included four fan favorites: "S&M," "What's My Name?," "Only Girl (In the World)," and "Love the Way You Lie." She received her second & third grammy in 2010 for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Collaboration. She received Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist at the American Music Awards in 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018. In 2011 she released, Talk That Talk. Which once again left fans with four catchy favorites: "You da One," "Where Have You Been," "We Found Love," and "Cockiness (Love It)." She received her fourth grammy in 2011 for Best Dance Recording. At the Billboard Music Awards she received Top Female Artist in 2011. She won Best Female R&B Artist at the BET Awards in 2011 and 2013. In 2012 she released album, Unapologetic. This introduced Diamonds and Stay to her audience. In 2013 she received Top R&B Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. After taking a short break, in 2016 she released album, ANTI. This left fans wanting more after hearing Work, Desperado, Sex with Me and Needed Me. In 2017 she appeared on Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled and LOYALTY by Kendrick Lamar. By the end of the 2018 Grammy Awards Rihanna had won 9 awards and received 33 nominations. In 2018 Rihanna began her own exclusive lingerie line: Savage x Fenty. Today it's still one of the top competitors with Victoria's Secret because of it's 'all sizes welcome' attitude.


3. Did y'all forget about Demi Lovato?


In 2010 she wrapped up her role in Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. She later checked herself into rehab when she was 18 for emotional and physical issues. She struggled with alcohol abuse, drug addiction, bulimia, and self-harm. In 2011 she created her album, Unbroken in response to overcoming her struggling past. This album introduced songs, "Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break." In 2012 she joined Simon Cowell as a judge on The X Factor. She received Favorite Pop Artist in 2012 at the People's Choice Awards. In 2013 she made one of her most famous albums, Demi. This album includes: "Heart Attack," "Made in the USA," "Really Don't Care," and "Warrior." Let me tell you though, "Really Don't Care" is a must play song to put on replay after going through a breakup. The majority of Demi's songs are on my personal breakup playlist. In 2013-14 Demi guest starred on the series Glee. In 2014 she also created her own skincare line called Devonne. She received Favorite Female Artist in 2014 at the People's Choice Awards. In 2015 she created her album, Confident. This album included fan favorites: "Confident," "Cool for the Summer," and "Stone Cold." In 2017 she made Tell Me You Love Me. This album includes popular songs: "Sorry Not Sorry," "Tell Me You Love Me," and "Ready for Ya." In 2018 she received Favorite Female Artist at Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.


4. The one that came back from it all: Ke$ha


Kesha's career really kicked off in 2010. She released two albums in 2010 beginning with Animal and following it with Cannibal. Animal had so many catchy fan favorites including "Your Love Is My Drug," "Tik Tok," "Take it Off," "Kiss n Tell," "Stephen," "Blah Blah Blah," "Party at a Rich Dude's House," "Backstabber," "Dinosaur," "Boots & Boys," and "Animal." Cannibal includes our favorites "Cannibal," "We R Who We R," "Sleazy," "Blow," "Crazy Beautiful Life," and "C U Next Tuesday." In 2012 she released her album, Warrior. This album included "Warrior," "Die Young," and "Gold Trans Am." In January 2014 she checked herself into rehab for bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder. Later in 2014 she sued her producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault & battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse, and violation of California business practices. Supreme court ruled against the case because the rape allegations were from 2005 and 2008 and the five year statue of limitations law had run out. In 2017 she took her career back and released her inspiring to women album, Rainbow. Some of the most inspiring songs on this album included "Let Em' Talk," "Woman," "Praying," and "Learn to Let Go."


5. Trendsetting rapper: Nicki Minaj


In 2010 Nicki created album, Pink Friday. This album included fan favorites: "Fly," "Moment 4 Life," "Your Love," and "Super Bass." She was named Best Hip Hop Female at the BET Awards in 2010-2016 (7 times in a row). At the American Music Awards she received Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist in 2011, 2012, and 2015. In 2012 Minaj made career-making album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. This album brought fans "Come on a Cone," "Beez in the Trap," "Right By My Side," "Starships," "Pound the Alarm," "Marilyn Monroe," "Stupid Hoe," and "Turn Me On." In 2013 and 2016 she received Favorite Hip-Hop Artist at the People's Choice Awards. In 2014 she created album, The Pinkprint. Some of the fan favorites on this album included "Feeling Myself," "Want Some More," "Trini Dem Girls," "The Night is Still Young," "Pills N Potions," "Bed of Lies," and let's not forget, "Anaconda." In 2018 she released her fire album, Queen. This included "Barbie Dreams," "Rich Sex," "Bed," "Chun-Li" and "Coco Chanel." She was the first female artist to have seven singles simultaneously on the Billboard 100 chart.


6. The woman who can do it all: Katy Perry


In 2010 she released her famous, Teenage Dream album. This includes fan favorites "Teenage Dream," "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," "California Gurls," "Firework," "Peacock," "The One That Got Away," "E.T.," and "Who Am I Living For?" In 2011 she received Top Hot 100 Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. She later received Favorite Female Artist at the People's Choice Awards in 2011 through 2013. In 2012 Katy published her autobiographical documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me. In 2012 Perry received Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist at the American Music Awards, and received it again in 2014. At the Billboard Women in Music event, Katy received Woman of the Year in 2012. In 2013 she created album, Prism. This included her popular songs, "Roar," "Legendary Lovers," "Walking on Air," "Unconditionally," "Dark Horse," and "This is How We Do." In 2014 she received Top Female Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. Perry performed during the halftime show in 2015 bringing in 118.5 million viewers, making it still the most watched halftime show. In 2016 she released her single, Rise. In 2017 she was the first judge introduced for the American Idol reboot. Later in 2017 she released her album, Witness. This album included two catchy fan favorites: "Swish Swish" and "Chained to the Rhythm." "Swish Swish" was created in spite of Taylor Swift because of an argument they were having in regards to John Mayer. In 2019 she's released two singles: "Never Really Over" and "Harleys in Hawaii."


7. Or let's be honest here how didn't Beyoncé get it?? She's literally a queen.


Beginning the decade off she received six rewards from the 2010 Grammy Awards. This was the most awards a female artist has received in one night. In 2010 she made her I Am...World Tour album. This album included her hits: "Crazy in Love," "If I Were a Boy," "Diva," and "Irreplaceable." In 2011 she released her album, 4. This album included fan favorites: "Best Thing I Never Had" and "Run the World." Later in 2011, she was seen on Forbes Top 10 list of entertainment's highest-earning women. By 2013, Beyoncé had a total of 16 grammys. At the 2013 halftime show Beyoncé performed the Star-Spangled Banner live. In 2013 she came out with career changing album, Beyoncé. This album includes "Pretty Hurts," "Drunk in Love," "Partition," "XO," and "Flawless." Following this fire album, in 2016 she released her exclusive Lemonade album. This album included her two hot songs, "Sorry" and "Formation." She returned to the Super Bowl in 2016 when she performed Formation during the halftime show. In the beginning of 2019 she released Homecoming: The Live Album. This is a collab of all her greatest hits sang live at Coachella. After her performance at Coachella, Netflix released her documentary about the experience. Following her part of the live-action Lion King, she released a "love letter to Africa." This album she named The Lion King: The Gift.


8. In my opinion, the best female artist: Ariana Grande


In the years 2010-11 Ariana starred as Cat on the Nickelodeon show Victorious. In 2013 she released her first album, Yours Truly. This album introduced her first two big songs Right There and The Way. She also starred as Cat on her new Nickelodeon Victorious and iCarly spinoff, Sam & Cat. For Christmas of 2013 she released Christmas Kisses with fan favorites "Santa Tell Me" and "Snow in California." At the 2013 American Music Awards she won New Artist of the Year. In 2014 she made album, My Everything. This album included "Problem," "One Last Time," "Why Try," "Break Free," "Love Me Harder," "My Everything" and "Bang Bang." "My Everything" reached number two on the Billboard 100 list. At the 2014 People's Choice Rewards she received Favorite Breakout Artist reward. In March 2014 Ariana performed at the White House concert "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House." In 2015 she released her second Christmas album, Christmas & Chill with fan favorite: Winter Things. In 2016 she released Dangerous Woman. This album included "Focus," "Bad Decisions," "Let Me Love You," "Side to Side," "Into You," and "Dangerous Woman." "Dangerous Woman" eventually reached number two on the Billboard 100 list. In 2018 she released a career changing album, Sweetener. This album brought fans "The Light is Coming," "God is a Woman," "Successful," "Everytime," "Breathin," "No Tears Left to Cry," "Borderline," "Goodnight n Go," and "Get Well Soon." Finally in 2019 she released her most popular album, Thank U, Next. This includes fan favorites "Imagine," "Needy," "NASA," "Bloodline," "Fake Smile," "Bad Idea," and her top three songs: "7 Rings," "Thank u, Next," and "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored." At this point Grande became the first female artist to obtain the top three spots on the Billboard 100 list. "7 Rings "was number one, "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" was number two, and "Thank U, Next" was number three. On May 1, 2019, she was named Top Female Artist at the Billboard Music Awards. Recently she's come out with single, "Boyfriend" and been a part of "Don't Call Me Angel" for the movie, Charlie's Angels. She's also been seen on the remix of "Good as Hell" by Lizzo.


9. Someone that forever changed and inspired my generation in this last decade: Miley Cyrus

(Hannah Montana, 2010)

I mean really who else can say they've been (3) different artists in their lifetime? Miley Cyrus has successfully been Hannah Montana, Ashley O, and herself. Miley Cyrus successfully wrapped up her role as Hannah Montana at the beginning of 2010 and began to focus on her musical career. At the beginning of 2010, Hannah Montana released her final album: Hannah Montana Forever. This album holds the song that made me cry at my high school graduation, "I'll Always Remember You." In 2010 and 2011 she received Favorite Movie Actress at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Following her role as Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus released her Can't Be Tamed album. The main hit song on this album was, "Can't Be Tamed." In 2013 Miley released her lifestyle changing album, Bangerz. This album included "Adore You," "We Can't Stop," "Wrecking Ball," and "Do My Thang." This was the start of her lost bad girl stage. In 2014 she received Top Streaming Artist at the Billboard Music Awards and her music video of Wrecking Ball received Top Streaming Video. She also won World's Best Female Artist at the World Music Awards in 2014. In 2015 she released her album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. I'm gonna be honest, I think she was on LSD while making half of these songs, but that's none of my business. A lot of people don't actually know about this album so the only song that is really known is "Dooo It!" In 2016 she appeared on The Voice as one of the judges. After a rough patch of her life she created Younger Now in 2017. This album included her once again lifestyle changing songs "Malibu" and "Inspired." In 2018 Miley played Ashley O on Black Mirror's episode, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too." On the episode Cyrus plays Ashley O, a young pop star. Meanwhile on the show she sings "On a Roll" as Ashley O, which is still a fan favorite.

(Ashley O)

In 2019 she released her SHE IS COMING album. This album included Mother's Daughter. This year she's also sang "Don't Call Me Angel" with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey. Recently she released her single, "Slide Away" about her relationship with Liam. Just be prepared, it will make you cry.

(Miley Cyrus, 2019)

10. And finally someone that should've gotten it above everyone else: Lady Gaga


At the beginning of the decade she received Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist at the American Music Awards and later received it again in 2017. She won her first and second grammy in 2010 for Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording. At the People's Choice Awards in 2010 she won Favorite Breakout Artist and Favorite Pop Artist. In 2011 she released her album, Born This Way. This album held the one and only fan favorite: "Born This Way." This album won Favorite Album of the Year at the 2012 People's Choice Awards. She won three more grammys in 2011. At the 2011 Billboard Music Awards she won Top Pop Artist and Top Dance Artist. For Christmas 2011 she released A Very Gaga Holiday where her song "The Edge of Glory" premiered. At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards she received Top Dance Artist, Favorite Artist, and Most Influential Style. In 2013 she released her album, Artpop. This album is known for the songs "Do What U Want" and "Applause." In 2016 she made album, Joanne. This album was home to the song, "Million Reasons." Then in 2018 her career changed forever when she was the main character in A Star is Born. Her most famous songs from the movie were "Shallow" and "Always Remember Us This Way," although the entire album is fire. In 2019 she received two grammys for "Shallow" and a grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance. In total Lady Gaga has 9 grammys and has had 27 nominations.



About the author

Madison Rheam

HACC graduate with Associates Degree in Social Sciences, LGBTQ+, raging liberal, feminist.

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