Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Best of the Decade: Neptunes, Kanye, Jigga & Bey

It's hard to believe that the decade is drawing near its end. Y2K, 9/11 and many other events have transpired. Music has certainly changed. And even though most old schoolers would disagree, we have had a wild ride these past ten years. New Zealand’s Real Groove published their top ten artists of the decade. Kanye & Beyoncé as well as Jay-Z made the cut.

Real Groove On Beyoncé:
"She still won’t be 30 be the time the decade ends, but Beyoncé managed to achieve the amount of success and rack up the number of key cuts other divas wait untill middle age for. No other pop songstress steered her own career with as much ingenuity or personality."

Like her or not, she has been the female artist of the decade. Kicking it off with Destiny's Child's mega successful Survivor album, making us all go Crazy in Love, causing a cultural phenomenon armed with only a leotard and a metallic glove, and racking up ten Grammy awards in ten years, Billboard's Woman of the Year has had one hell of a decade. Real Groove may not be your most trusted source for pop culture, but as Jay-Z said "Men lie, Women lie, Number's don't".
Here's to another ten years. [If we are lucky]

Also, Beyoncé was named Artist of the Decade by a UK Publication.

From an article in The Observer on why Beyoncé was chosen:
"It was 10 years ago that Beyoncé Knowles announced herself to the world, with the Destiny's Child hit Independent Women. Since then the 28-year-old singer has...delivered the greatest live show on earth, sung for President Obama and emerged as our last true star...
Because she made not one but two of the decade's greatest singles, with Crazy in Love and Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), not to mention her hits with Destiny's Child; and this was the decade when singles – particularly R&B singles – regained their status as pop's favourite medium."

[Read the article and the interview HERE]

Although artist of the decade may be quite a stretch, it's not too shabby. I think "among the best" is more appropriate. The guy that wrote the UK article stirred up quite a few debates.

1 comment:

Kevin C.W. Lockett said...

When Entertainment Weekly named Johnny Depp as their person of the decade, I understood it, but I felt that Beyonce got the shaft on that one. Big ups the UK in acknowledging her dominace this deacade www.soul88.blogpsot.com