ABC/Eric McCandlessOn Sunday's episode of American idol, the top 14 contestants performed solo, and for the first time this season, America has a hand in placing at least a portion of the contenders through to the next round.
Voting opened during Sunday’s show and closes Monday at 9 a.m. ET. Viewers were instructed to vote online, in the American Idol app or via text, where they could vote 10 times per contestant, per method. The top six will move on based on America’s vote. The remaining eight artists will perform once more on Monday, with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan deciding which four will be added to the top 10.
Here are Sunday’s highlights:
Caleb Lee Hutchinson kicked things off, singing and picking banjo on “Midnight Train to Memphis," by The Steeldrivers. Katy was “blown away” by the performance, praising his growth, while also noting that she sensed some nerves. However, Luke but wasn’t crazy about the song choice and Lionel wanted to see more of Caleb’s personality.
Michelle Sussett followed, performing a high energy version of the current hit “FRIENDS,” by Marshmello and Anne-Marie. Luke declared that Michelle “became a pop star tonight,” and Lionel agreed, noting the Venezuela native “owned” the song and gave us “attitude.” However, Katy wasn’t impressed with the song choice, recommending that Michelle needs to play to TV viewers, not just studio audience.
Marcio Donaldson took his turn on the stage, singing Barry Manilow’s “It’s a Miracle.” Lionel praised the “old school” choice, but thought Donaldson’s confidence was getting “a little out of control.” Katy agreed, telling the artist to stop thinking about the results and just sing. Luke commended the singer for showing America “a whole ‘nother element” of his talent.
Mara Justine, 16, performed “This Is Me,” from the film The Greatest Showman, but failed to sell it to the judges. Katy acknowledged Mara came a long way as far as owning the stage, but didn’t rise vocally until the middle of the song. Luke agreed, suggesting she completely “emotionally invested” in the performance, while adding that he knew she had it in her.
Garrett Jacobs covered a former Idol winner, Phillip Phillips’ “Raging Fire.” Luke judged the performance dynamic, but pitchy, though Garrett was the first artist of the night in his opinion to look comfortable on stage. Lionel advised Jacobs to ignore the voice in his head and “stay in character.”
Drag queen Ada Vox blew the judges away with a take on Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” "You came here tonight to stop the show,” exclaimed Lionel, to which Perry added, “not only did you stop the show, you finally started it, Queen.“ Luke said Ada had the biggest voice he ever heard.
Catie Turner, who revealed in her pre-performance package that she has plenty of fans -- and a fair amount of haters as well -- tackled Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” Afterwards, Katy and Luke urged Catie to ignore her critics, insisting she could win the competition.
Cade Foehner showed the judges and America he had the moves -- as well as the vocal and guitar chops -- with his performance of Santana’s “Black Magic Woman.” Luke said Cade delivered the big vocal experience they’ve come to expect, while proving that he didn’t need it to wow the audience. Lionel called Foehner "the package.”
Dennis Lorenzo followed with “In My Blood,” by Shawn Mendes. Katy found it “a little shaky” at the start, but he eventually made her a believer. Luke praised Dennis for showing so many sides of himself with each of his performances.
Maddie Poppe switched the mood with her dreamy version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound.” Katy said Maddie had “Incredible musical taste.” Lionel stressed that music isn’t “a business of singers,” but rather “a business of stylists,” adding that Poppe presented herself on every song. He went on to say that Maddie could “possibly be a winner on American Idol.”
Jurnee brought the judges to their feet, singing and rapping her way through “Bang Bang,” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Luke and Lionel praised Jurnee for “bringing it,” and Katy was impressed with her growth as a performer, as well as a singer.
Next, Jonny Brenns covered Panic! At the Disco’s “This Is Gospel.” The judges agreed his vocals needed more work, but applauded him for always “having fun.”
The always unpredictable Michael J. Woodard delivered his spin on “Titanium,” by David Guetta, featuring Sia. He drew a standing ovation from the judges, including Katy, who told the 20-year-old, “After the show is finished, I’m going to Coachella with Sia…and…I will tell her, ‘I met a star today that sang your song incredibly.’”
Country singer Gabby Barrett closed out the show with her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” Luke dubbed it his favorite performance of the night. Katy joked that Gabby “went through the ‘starwash,’" adding Gabby looked and sounded “like a gosh darn star.” Lionel called it a “magical moment," declaring, "we’re watching the beginning to that phrase, ‘A star is born.’”
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CoachellaRumors started flying Friday night that Ariana Grande would make a surprise appearance at the Coachella Festival that same night, and whaddya know...she did.
Ariana's manager Scooter Brauntweeted Friday night around 10 p.m., "Hey @ArianaGrande ... what are u are you doing tonight???" followed by a cactus emoji, indicating that she was heading to the desert. Around 11 p.m., he then tweeted, "On the way the Coachella stage! Let’s see who is there?????"
Then, someone tweeted a video of Ariana and her boyfriend Mac Miller in a helicopter, seemingly en route to the festival.
Warner Bros. RecordsAnne-Marie is known for her hit collaborations, like “Friends” with Marshmello and “Rockabye” with Sean Paul and Clean Bandit. Now, she’s got a new song of her own, called “2002.”
She co-wrote the tune with her longtime friend Ed Sheeran, and the two jam-packed it with references to pops songs from the early 2000s.
“Oops I got 99 problems singing bye, bye, bye/Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride with me/Better hit me, baby, one more time," she sings in the chorus. "Paint a picture for you and me/Of the days when we were young/Singing at the top of both our lungs."
She quotes lyrics from Britney Spears’ “Oops I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time,” as well as ‘NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye,” JAY-Z’s “99 Problems,” and Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me.”
“2002” will be featured on Anne-Marie’s forthcoming debut full-length album, Speak Your Mind, due out April 27.
Denise TruscelloCan they still call themselves boys? The Backstreet Boys celebrate their 25th anniversary today.
“On April 20th, 1993 we became the Backstreet Boys,” the band tweeted. “If you would have told us that 25 years later we would still be making music together, we would have never believed you.”
They added, “Thank you #BSBArmy Who’s ready for another 25 years?”
Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, and Kevin Richardson are currently playing shows in Dubai before heading back to Las Vegas for more of their Larger Than Life residency shows in the summer. They're also working on a new album.
The Backstreet Boys are the top-selling boy band in history, with 130 million records sold worldwide.
Meanwhile, rival boy band *NSYNC celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album last month.
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MasterCardStars took to Twitter on Friday to mourn EDM star Avicii, born Tim Bergling, who died in Muscat, Oman at the age of 28. He'd been in failing health for several years and had retired from live performances in 2016. Just this week, he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for his 2017 EP Av?ci (01).
Avicii was best known for his global smash "Wake Me Up," featuring vocals by Aloe Blacc, who was introduced to the deejay through Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park. Then, Aloe told ABC Radio in 2013, "Avicii called me up and said, 'Hey I'm over at Mike Einziger's house -- from Incubus -- would you like to write a song? So I headed down and we went to the studio and wrote 'Wake Me Up' and we did it in, like, four hours."
Explaining the song's appeal, Aloe said, "I feel like the lyrics are very nostalgic...if you're older, it makes you feel like back when you were maybe prepubescent or middle school. If you're young, it makes you feel like it's time for you to break out of your shell and and live life. So I think it just hits everybody in their own interpretive way."
In a statement, Aloe says, "My heartfelt condolences to Tim’s family and close friends. I can’t express how deeply sad I am. Meeting him changed my life. He was an amazingly talented person and it hurts so bad that he’s gone.”
Here are some of the reactions:
Madonna, who worked with Avicii on her album Rebel Heart, posted a photo of herself with the DJ on Twitter and wrote, "So Sad....... So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. Gone too Soon."
The Chainsmokers posted a video of Avicii playing his smash "Levels" to a packed audience, and wrote, "A day where we lost a hero of ours, an inspiration and friend. There will never ever be another like him and for that reason we cry and will never forget. We posted this video cause it is a reminder of what this brilliant amazing guy did for all of us. And now he is gone."
Charlie Puthwrote, "Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best."
Liam Payne: "Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to[o] young ... what a talent he was. rest in peace x."
Dua Lipa: "Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x."
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons: "devastated at the news of @Avicii passing. working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too young. the world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art. sending all my love to his friends and family. Xxdr."
Fellow EDM superstar Calvin Harris: "Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x"
Fellow EDM superstar Deadmau5: "my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him."
Marshmello: "At a loss for words...Rest easy brother."
Adam Lambert, who worked with Avicii and CHIC frontman Nile Rodgers on the DJ's 2013 song "Lay Me Down:" "RIP Tim. You were a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit. Fond memories of creating music w @Avicii and @nilerodgers."
Nile Rodgers: "#RIPAVICII Dear Tim your family have my most heartfelt condolences. You were my little bro. Love always."
Rich Polk/Getty Images for Rolling StoneAvicii, the hitmaking EDM star born Tim Bergling, has died. He was 28 years old. Avicii was best known for his global hits "Wake Me Up," "Hey Brother" and "Levels."
In a statement to ABC Radio, his rep says, "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given."
He'd been in bad health for some time. He suffered from acute pancreatitis, and in 2014, had his appendix and gallbladder removed. In 2016, he retired from live performances due to his health, but wrote in a message to fans last year, "The end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense –- the studio. The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new."
A two-time Grammy nominee, Bergling was the first DJ to headline New York's Radio City Music Hall. In addition to his own hits, he also did production work and remixes for the likes of Madonna, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz and David Guetta.
PRNewsfoto/Epic Rights*NSYNC is set to reunite May 1 to get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and to celebrate, they're opening up a "Dirty Pop-Up" shop in Hollywood next weekend.
The shop will be the first place you can buy the group's new official merchandise capsule collection, but it'll also display props, wardrobe, artwork and photography from boy band's 20-year career.
According to the band's website, visitors will also be able to "immerse themselves in fun, engaging photo activations that pay homage to iconic visuals from the group's career." We think that means you'll be able to take lots of pics and videos for your socials of yourself posing like you're one of the puppets on the cover of No Strings Attached.
If you can't make it to the shop, located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., the merchandise will be made available in *NSYNC's official online store April 30.
The shop will be open on the following days:
Saturday, April 28 -- noon to 8pm Sunday, April 29 -- noon to 8pm Monday, April 30 -- 4pm to 9pm Tuesday, May 1 -- noon to 8pm
Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift is featured on "Babe," the new track from superstar country duo Sugarland, which is available now.
Taylor co-wrote the song with Train frontman Pat Monahan, and offered it to Sugarland this past fall, following the announcement that the duo were reuniting for their first album in six years.
The breakup tune chides a cheating lover for ruining a relationship, as Jennifer and Taylor sing, "We said no one else/How could you do this, babe?/You really blew this, babe/We ain't getting through this one, babe/This is the last time I'll ever call you, babe."
"We’ve never put someone else’s song on a Sugarland record, but we were immediately interested in ‘Babe’ the first time we heard it!” Jennifer Nettles says in a statement. "This one really felt like it belonged so we saved it for the final afternoon of our recording session; a special time for us.”
Sugarland member Kristian Bush adds, "The biggest compliment was when [Taylor] heard our take on the track and emailed us to say she wanted to be a part of it!”
Jennifer adds that the collaboration is "the perfect combination of mutual admiration for each other and mutual admiration for great songs," noting, "As artists, we really see the world through a similar lens.”
Bigger, Sugarland's first album in six years, is due June 8.
A series of collectible Taylor Swift albums will be released on Record Store Day this Saturday, but it won't be the last that fans will hear of the singer on vinyl in 2018. Record Store Day found Michael Kurtz tells ABC Radio that he has a "long-term plan" in place for future Taylor vinyl.
"We've been wanting to work with Taylor for quite some time," Kurtz tells ABC Radio. Saturday, the first part of that plan rolls out in independent record stores nationwide: Limited-edition vinyl LP versions of Taylor's first four albums, each one in a different color. Kurtz says the albums will be "individually numbered, so it's almost like an Andy Warhol piece of art."
"They're truly unique and will be instantly collectible the minute you walk out the store with them," he adds. But wait...there's more.
"The plan is to do the first four [Taylor albums] for Record Store Day and then do the remaining catalog...for Black Friday in November," he adds.
Another pop superstar who's also releasing Record Store Day vinyl? Madonna.
"We always try to do something with Madonna because her fans are just so rabid, even now as much as ever," Kurtz tells ABC Radio.
There are two Madonna items coming out Saturday: a limited-edition, red vinyl reissue of her 1987 remix album You Can Dance, and a reissue of a rare Japanese eight-song picture disc version of Madonna's 1983 debut album.
"We really try to connect with the international side of things and with an artist like Madonna that's really important because her audience is huge in Japan...Europe...this is a worldwide event," notes Kurtz. "So we try to reissue special records that were made only for a particular country and bring it back so that everybody can enjoy it."
Republic RecordsAfter a handful of social media teases this week, Ariana Grande dropped her new single, "No Tears Left to Cry" at the stroke of midnight Friday, Eastern time, along with its accompanying music video on YouTube.
The song showcases Ariana's wide-ranging vocal pipes, starting out with ballad-like vocals before turning into a rap-sung dance number.
Along with the new tune, Ariana is sporting a new look -- super-long blonde hair, as seen in the music video. The futuristic-looking clip finds the singer walking the walls and ceilings in a hallway and also defying gravity along with a number of dancers on the outside of a city building. There's also an interesting face-swapping scene toward the end.
The song marks Ariana's first new music release since the horrific bombing that killed 22 concertgoers and injured hundreds more at her Manchester Arena show in England on May 22, 2017.
Two weeks later, on June 4, Ariana organized and headlined the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which featured several A-list music artists and raised roughly $14 million for the victims of the bombing.
George Pimentel/LP5/Getty Images for TASCharli XCX is about to hit the road as one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour; she and Camila Cabello will be warming up the stadium crowds. In addition to all the fun the three will have on stage, Charli tells Peopleshe’s hoping they’ll be able to collaborate on new music together as well.
“They’re both such great writers so I’d love to write with them while we’re out on the road,” she says of Taylor and Camila. “That’d be really amazing. I think it’s awesome that it’s going to be an all-girl tour.”
She’s already worked with Camila in the studio multiple times before and said the experience was “really inspiring.”
“Writing with other females who are really prolific writers is always so much fun,” she says. “Everybody has different touch points in their life and [things] they want to write about, but it is nice to share that female perspective when writing.”
While she hasn’t written with Taylor before, the superstar did previously invite Charli to sing onstage with her during her 1989 tour stop in Toronto. The two performed Charli's hit "Boom Clap."
“We had a great time, and I got to go on one of those Britney [Spears] lifts where you stand and [the stage] raises you up,” Charli recalls. “I was like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy!’ She’s always been very kind to me and I’m very excited for the tour.”
The Reputation stadium tour kicks off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)Thursday's announcement that the investigation into Prince's death has been closed reminds us of what we've lost. But on the same day, we're also getting a reminder of what a gifted talent he was, with the release of the original recording of one of his best-known songs.
Prince's estate has shared a previously unreleased studio version of Prince performing "Nothing Compares 2 U," recorded in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse rehearsal space in Eden Prairie, Minnesota -- that's where Prince and his band rehearsed for the Purple Rain tour, which began that year. Even better, there's a video to go with it, featuring previously unseen footage of Prince rehearsing dance steps with The Revolution for the tour.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" of course became a monster hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990, and Prince himself didn't begin performing the song live until after that. You can download or stream his new studio version now at most major digital retailers. It's also be available on standard vinyl or picture disc, along with a "Nothing Compares 2 U" tee-shirt, denim jacket or both, at the official Prince HitNRun store. You'll be able to buy the standard vinyl version everywhere beginning May 25.
Prince's estate has also launched a new, interactive website dubbed Prince2Me. Visitors can choose five words, images or a combination of both to create a message that declares what Prince means to you, though you'll have to register with the website to share your composition with others.
ABC/Image Group LAKelly Clarkson is featured in People’s Beautiful Issue this year, but she tells the mag she prefers that girls be described as something other than just “pretty.”
“…I make it a point to always say other adjectives,” she says. “It’s not always like, ‘Oh, you look beautiful.’ It’s like, ‘Man, you’re so rad,’ ‘You’re stylish,’ ‘You’re cool,’ ‘You’re unique.’”
She says she’s especially sensitive of that around her daughter, three-and-a-half-year-old River Rose, and stepdaughter, 16-year-old Savannah.
“Especially our oldest girl, she’s like model-worthy gorgeous,” Kelly says. “You know all the things that she is, but maybe not everybody says [it] all the time, because she’s captivating.”
She continues, “Anytime our little girl -- our 3-year-old -- walks in, everybody’s like, ‘You’re so pretty!’ I don’t mind her being pretty, I don’t mind people saying it, but I don’t want her to get boxed into that.”
Kelly says her husband Brandon Blackstock also helps their kids to realize that there are more important things than just looks.
“My husband and I are really blunt with our kids and I’m like, ‘Pretty fades, character lasts,’” she says. “Being fun lasts, being a good human matters and being smart is important.”
Hedi SlimaneTroye Sivan's upcoming album is so personal that he wasn't sure he wanted any guest artists on it, but he realized he needed just one: Ariana Grande.
Ariana sings on a dance track called "Dance to This," and speaking to Australian GQ, Troye says, "She’s a really good friend...I had this one song and I thought, 'This song really needs Ariana Grande on it.' I hate asking people for things, but I plucked up the courage to ask, and I had it like two days later.”
Troye's also gotten some help from another female pop superstar: Taylor Swift.
"[She's] always been really lovely to me – super-kind and generous," he tells GQ. "We have hung out only a couple of times, but she’s just been so open and forthcoming and answered all my questions, because I’m always really interested in what it’s like to be Taylor Swift.”
As for why the album is so personal, it was inspired by Troye's boyfriend, an American model named Jacob. Troye says, “I was in a writing mode and writing about everything, my personal life included."
He notes, "If I had it my way, it would be something that was almost completely private. But I think it’s just so obvious that we’re together. So I’m completely fine with everyone knowing who I’m in a relationship with, but then it’s up to me to protect the ins and outs."
"People see photos of us together, but the relationship itself – the conversations, or the way we talk to each other or the way we look at each other -- the actual substance is almost completely private," he explains. "And that is comforting to me.”
So far there's no release date or title for the album, which has already produced the hit "My My My."
Travis SchneiderAdam Levine’s Maroon 5 band mates will be joining him on The Voice next week.
The band is set to perform their latest single “Wait” on the show’s live episode Tuesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. That night will also mark the first elimination from the top 12.
On Monday, The Voice kicks off themed weeks. The first week’s theme is “Story of the Song,” during which the contestants will reveal the story of what the song they're performing means to them.
The 12 remaining contestants include Sharane Calister, Rayshun LaMarr and Jackie Verna from Team Adam; Britton Buchanan, Christiana Danielle and Jackie Foster from Team Alicia Keys; Pryor Baird, Spensha Baker and Kyla Jade from Team Blake Shelton; and Brynn Cartelli, D.R. King and Kaleb Lee from Team Kelly Clarkson.
Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.comNo criminal charges will be filed in Prince's overdose death and the investigation has been closed, officials revealed during a press conference Thursday.
Speaking at the Carver County, Minnesota Justice Center in Chaska, county attorney Mark Metz said Prince thought he was taking the painkiller Vicodin, for which he did not have a prescription, and was unaware he was actually taking counterfeit pills that had been illegally laced with the prescription painkiller fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin.
Despite an "intensive investigation," Metz said officials were unable to determine who provided Prince with the drugs that killed him, and so were ending their investigation.
The announcement comes just two days before the two-year anniversary of Prince's death on April 21. 2016. His body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence and studios in Chanhassen, located in Carver County, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis. Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be a fentanyl overdose.
Earlier Thursday, Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and submit to two years' monitoring by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.” He was consequently facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Both officials and Schulenberg noted that the settlement isn't an admission of liability. Federal officials also noted they "did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims."
Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe doctor who wrote painkiller prescriptions for Prince's drummer, despite allegedly knowing the drugs would actually be taken by Prince, has agreed to a civil settlement with federal investigators.
Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and will be monitored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for two years, according to United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker.
In a statement provided to ABC News, Schulenberg's attorney says his client agreed to settle "alleged civil claims in order to avoid the expense, delay, and unknown outcome of litigation." Schulenberg was facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.”
Schulenberg's attorney statement also declares: "The United States Attorneys’ Office for the District of Minnesota has confirmed that he is not a target in any criminal inquiry and there have been no allegations made by the Government that Dr. Schulenberg had any role in Prince’s death. Dr. Schulenberg affirms his previous statement that he did not prescribe opiates to any patient with the intention that they be given to Prince."
"After he learned of Prince’s addiction, [Schulenberg] immediately worked to refer Prince to a treatment facility and to transfer care to a chemical dependency specialist," the statement says.
The agreement was revealed fewer than two hours before a scheduled news conference during which Carver County, MN officials are expected to announce what, if any, criminal charges will be brought in Prince's death, and against whom.
Prince died April 21, 2016 at age 57 of an overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Where Prince obtained the fentanyl is still apparently unknown.
Brian ZiffTIME magazine has unveiled its annual list of Most Influential People, and among those people are Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Rihanna and Cardi B.
Each artist is the subject of an essay by a fellow star. For Rihanna, it's Adele who did the honors.
Adele describes Rihanna as "the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon," adding, "She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after....she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever."
Shawn's pal John Mayerwrites about him, "The more undeniable a heartthrob he becomes, the more he insists on staying grounded. He knows that music is good shelter from its own associated nonsense, and his devotion to his craft is exactly why people twice his age are welcoming him into their lives and playlists."
'80s pop icon Cyndi Lauperwrites about Kesha, "[She] spoke out against sexual harassment and assault long before the #MeToo movement...and nearly lost her career as a result....thanks to Kesha and other women who have stood up for themselves to demand justice and fairness, we are starting to turn a new page."
As for Cardi, Taraji P. Hensonwrites, "When you are cool with who you are, no one can use it against you. I identify with Cardi B, because she knows that too...she talked openly about being a former stripper. And she was proud of it -- like, 'So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into.' When she showed her soul like that, I hit the 'Follow' button."
Both Shawn and Jennifer Lopez, who also made the list, will perform at the 2018 TIME 100 gala on April 24.