The Grammy and multiple awards winner was described as “A Nigerian cultural giant, Burna Boy is the ambassador of Afrobeats as a global movement that can feel equally at home climbing the European charts and maintaining a subtle emotional connection with past African genres like highlife.
“Burna’s voice is sweet like caramel, but it can also soar on slickly produced tracks like his recent megahit “Last Last,” or the 2019 gem “Anybody,” amped up by deep bass accents and insanely sophisticated polyrhythms. His vocal lines find inspiration in everything from hip-hop and R&B to hooky pop and dancehall — the world is his playground. —E.L.”
Burna Boy rose to stardom in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E. He has since constantly released hit songs like “Last last”, “Anybody”, “For my hand” and more, raising the afrobeat banner higher across African, Europe and globally.
Other singers on the list include Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan, Prince, Dolly Parton, James Brown, Fela Kuti.
Aretha Franklin tops the list, described as “a force of nature. A work of genius. A gift from the heavens…her voice is all that and more, which is why she remains the unchallenged Queen, years after her final bow. Her singing is the most magnificent sound to emerge from America. As Mary J. Blige told Rolling Stone, “She is the reason why women want to sing.”
Meanwhile, Celine Dion did not make the list, enraging her fans which they tagged disrespectful to the musical icon.
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