According to People, Beyonce Knowles-Carter “forever changed the release game” after the drop of her surprise visual album. She delivered quality material that “gets better and better with each listen” and gave music lovers the ultimate burst of excitement. This is why she topped the magazine’s list of “The 5 Most Important People in Music Now.”
With the success of the Mrs. Carter World Tour, records like “Drunk In Love” and her freakishly balanced career-family life, one can deny that Bey is one of the biggest forces in the music industry and her influence continues to grow.
Other stars who graced the list included Pharrell “Happy” Williams at number two, thanks to radio killers “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines.” His performance at the Oscars and new gig as a coach on “The Voice” added to his long resume of awesomeness.
The number four and five spots went to Swedish producer Avicii and Australian singer/songwriter Sia, but it was People’s chose for number five that left us most excited — Kendrick Lamar. The magazine wrote he’s “leading the West Coast rap renaissance” and “commands such respect that after he lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for the Best Rap Album Grammy, Macklemore texted Lamar: ‘You got robbed. I wanted you to win.’” The commercial success of K. Dot’s debut album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City prove that the “Thrift Shop” rapper was right.
Check out the full list and detais in the current issue of People.
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1. Modern Day Feminis, & Beyonce Knowles-Carter
Whether you believe Beyonce is the ultimate feminist or just cashing in on the “girl power” movement for record sales, it’s hard to deny that she’s become the embodiment of modern feminism. She’s sexy, and not ashamed. She’s a mother, and a boss. She expresses her desire to please hubby Jay Z, and manages to keep her independent woman persona in tact. Check out her biggest feminist moment thus far.
2. Out Magazine’s Power Issue
Bey’s first magazine cover of 2014 went to Out magazine. She told the publication, “There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists.” She went on to encourage women to embrace their sexiness. “Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist — whatever you want to be‚ and still be a sexual being…It’s not mutually exclusive.”
Along with an empowering interlude by Nigerian-born feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Bey told the world that she’s more than someone’s wife on “Flawless.” “I took some time to live my life/ But don’t think I’m just his little wife/Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted/ This my shit, bow down b*****s," she sang.
4. ‘Ban Bossy’ Campaign
Beyonce — who said she’s not bossy; she’s the boss! — used her celebrity to promote a viral campaign which calls for the death of the word "bossy". She joined the likes of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, actress Jennifer Garner and fashion designer Diane Von Fürstenberg.
5. Who Run The World? Girls.
Mrs. Carter stunned the world with a performance of her then-new single "Run The World (Girls)" at the 2011 Billboard Awards. For everyone who didn’t know Bey was a feminist, she boldly threw it in their face.
6. All-Female Band
Bey doesn’t just sing about girls running the world. Her all-female band, The Suga Mamas, tear it up every time they hit the stage — just like their boss.
7. Entertainment Empire
Along with being a multi-platinum selling recording artist, Beyonce has numerous corporate sponsorships with companies like Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Emporio Armani and L'Oréal.
8. Destiny’s Child Days
Destiny’s Child songs like “Independent Woman,” “Survivor” and "Bootylicious” prove that girl power has been a theme throughout Beyoncé’s body of work.
9. "Pretty Hurts"
Bey has no problem expressing her sexuality and showing of her curves, she also told young girls that there’s more to life than physical beauty on the first track of her self-tiled album.