Best Individual Music Artists of the 2000s

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1EminemEminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Eminem changed the entire rap genre and is one of the all time greats. Each of his albums (Perhaps besides Encore) is a lyrical masterpiece. "The Marshall Mathers LP" and "The Eminem Show" are two of the greatest rap albums ever written. After the release of two exceptional comeback albums in "Relapse" and "Recovery, " Eminem left the decade with a bang, ready to be back on track with his previous work. - Chris6398

2David Grohl

Grohl managed to prove that his career was not over with Nirvana. Instead, he created the best band of the decade in the Foo Fighters. He has proven himself to be one of the most veritable musicians out there, being an accomplished singer and drummer. - Chris6398

3Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park.

By now, many music lovers may be cringing because my top three artists of 2010 are the ones that have been shoved in their faces for so long. And many people can't stand Linkin Park and think they're overrated. Still, look at what frontman Chester Bennington has done for music in this decade. He managed to combine metal with rap with alternative rock with pop. And made it sound good. Meanwhile, every Linkin Park song shows off Chester's amazing range and strength of voice. This is a talented guy. - Chris6398

4Jay-ZShawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

Jay-Z is a rap icon. It is that simple. In the 2010's, Jay-Z managed to give us timeless albums, a continuation of his friend Notorious B.I.G. 's legacy, an entertaining rap beef with Nas that ended with a handshake and a dynamic new signing to Roc Nation, and many collaborations with Kanye West, another great rapper and sidekick. - Chris6398

5Synyster GatesBrian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

Let me start off with a controversial statement: Avenged Sevenfold is the best metal band God has given us since Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Black Sabbath. They are true to their roots and each member is extremely talented and deserves to be considered one of the best at their instrument in music right now. You might be wondering why I put Synester Gates here, the guitarists, ahead of M Shadows, but this is my reasoning: What makes Avenged a great band is the fact that they stay true to their roots but sound modern at the same time. And Gate's guitar riffs set the tone and the sound for each and every song. Therefore, they owe this to him. Avenged is a great band because of Synester Gates. - Chris6398

6BeyonceBeyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from ...read more.

The first pop artist on this list, Beyonce has created many iconic songs and albums that shaped the modern pop world. - Chris6398

7Kanye WestKanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.
8Corey TaylorCorey Todd Taylor was born in December 8, 1973. He is an American musician, author, and actor best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the Nu-metal band Slipknot and hard rock/alternative metal band Stone Sour.
9HariharanHariharan is an Indian playback singer who has sung for Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Gujarati and Rajasthani films, an established and foremost ghazal singer and composer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music . In 2004, he was honoured with the Padma ...read more.
10Brittney Spears

The Contenders

11Jackie EvanchoJacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and five albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts .
12Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian pop singer . Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, she first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. She ultimately signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning ...read more.
13MadonnaMadonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.

Madonna wasn't on the list. What a shame! Her tours were the most successful by a solo artist. She was the 2nd best selling female artist of the 2000's. Madonna always has been true innovator in pop music

14ShakiraShakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.

Shakira changed pop industry in the 2000s. Many singers started copying her (Beyonce, Rihanna etc). Shakira's dancing is impressive. The most successful Latin artist of the 00's

15Jennifer LopezJennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.
16Shania Twain
17Janet JacksonJanet Jackson is a singer and dancer who is well known for her sexually graphic records, iconic performances, and slightly weak voice. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and videos.
18Sandra
19Kelly Clarkson
20Nelly FurtadoNelly Kim Furtado is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and more than 20 million singles, bringing her total sales to over 40 million records around the world.
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