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Bon Iver. Bon Iver is someone who should be praised big time. He writes calming music that is perfect for baths and releasing stress away and isn't that what music is meant to do?—relive your tension and stress. His controlled high pitches are nearly unattainable by anyone. His lyrics are what makes his music so unique and inspiring. If you turned on the radio, you would be able to tell that it is him from the start without thinking twice and that's partly why he has changed the music industry. The other part is that people who have auditioned for singing shows are always mentioning Bon Iver. He is one of my top idols.
Whitney Houston. This one is a little bit obvious, but have you ever heard anything so pure and strong in one person? because I certainly have heard the singers imitating her and she is an idol to almost everyone who is famous. She has such a strong control over her vocals that it is no wonder why people want to be like her.
Alicia Keys. If you are looking for someone that can really belt out the notes and has the smokey undertones in her voice that are hard to come across, it's Alicia Keys. although some may argue that Nicole Scherzinger has some similar qualities, Keys likes to use her voice and show off what she can do with it, whereas Scherzinger likes to have fun in her music. Of course, Keys has songs such as "Empire State of Mind," which is always a crowd favorite.
Eminem. Despite the hardship and adversity that he had to face, he has changed the way that rap is done. The thing is that Eminem raps about the reality of things and everything that he has done wrong, and I would be lying if I had not felt bad for him. He has been in rehab, he has come from a trailer park, and he became something. What got him to the top was his meaningful lyrics. He says what he feels in his music and as he sings in "Not Afraid," he says this is me and deals with it. His rap is something that should be valued especially because now all the rappers have been rapping about girls seen as objects and drugs, which is tiring to hear and it just does not sound like music anymore.
Garth Brooks. For all of you country folk out there, Garth Brooks changed the way country is portrayed. The 90s is when country music really boomed. His strong country twang is what we think when we hear the word "country." He is the reason why country music exists. Of course, there are others such as Keith Urban and Shania Twain that are also part of this huge movement. We can't forget the Dixie Chicks either because they were the largest selling female band for quite some time.
Adele. Adele is one of the world's best singers because of her deep and beautiful voice that can hold notes forever and not waiver. Her classic and pop mixture makes her one of the people that others want to sound like. She changed the way that pop music is viewed.
The most obvious, and I hope you agree is the one known as the prince of pop a.k.a. Michael Jackson. He is not only a great musician, but also has a fashion style that is iconic. He also used his fame for changing the world to a better place and he brought artists such as Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Kayne West, and Jason Derulo that were influenced by him and they created their own music and became famous.