Top 10 Biggest Wannabes and Posers in the Music Industry

These music artists are the biggest wannabes or posers of all time. They either copy some of the original music artists or try way too hard with their music.

Wannabe: A person who tries to be like someone else.
Poser: Someone who is trying to be something that they are not.

Please feel free to add more items to this list.
The Top Ten
1 Cardi B Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper. Born and raised in New York City, she became an Internet celebrity by achieving popularity on Vine and Instagram. From 2015 to 2017, she appeared as a regular cast member on the VH1 reality television... read more

I actually like some of her songs, but she cashed in on black culture and slipped through the doors when Nicki walked through. She performs everything, even that overexaggerated blackcent, and tries so hard to convince people that she isn't acting by constantly trying to defend it. She makes a lot off our culture and has become the poster child for cultural appropriation.

White kids love her because she is a shining example of how they too can create a whole career off of trying to act like a "ghetto or black" stereotype and look super cool at the same time.

2 Chris Brown Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. He is most well known for his physical assault towards the singer Rihanna in... read more

I knew the second he put his hands on Rihanna, he would change his image to bad boy and get a million tattoos overnight...and he did. He approached the domestic abuse aftermath with a nasty dismissive attitude and really rode his new image home to the bank.

The old Chris would never be the, "hoes aren't loyal" kind of jackass but since he had a new image to protect and a new fan base to tend to, he just became a wannabe rapper poser jackass.

3 Blood on the Dance Floor Blood on the Dance Floor was an American electronic music group from Orlando, Florida, originally consisting of Dahvie Vanity and several other members over time. The group formed in 2006, with former members including Jayy Von Monroe (2009–2016) and Garrett Ecstasy (2009), all of whom provided vocals... read more

It's like any other emo band but this time, with disgusting lyrics, weird productions filled with video game beats, and a singer who is a rapist and an objectively disgusting person. There is nothing original about any emo bands in general because most of them consist of fake meaningful songs and they sound incredibly fake and whiny.

4 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known professionally as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and spans 4 octaves... read more
5 Halsey Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, known by her stage name Halsey, is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on September 29, 1994 in New Jersey. She started her career by releasing songs on SoundCloud, and now she is a well-known pop singer with hits like Bad at Love, and Now or Never. She had originated... read more

I honestly agree with this. She tries too hard to be Alternative or Indie Rock when she's Indie Pop at most.

6 Billie Eilish Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell, known professionally as Billie Eilish (born December 18, 2001) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her songs "When the Party's Over", "Bury a Friend", "Everything I Wanted", "Happier Than Ever" and especially "Bad Guy".

Is this list intended to be exclusively negative? Because I like her music, but I can actually understand why she could be considered a poser given that her persona displayed in her music is very different from her real personality.

"Reinvented pop"? She did nothing whatsoever to pop. She is, at best, a one-off (thank God) whisperer with decent success who ripped off Bjork.

7 Rick Ross William Leonard Roberts II, better known by his stage name Rick Ross, is an American rapper and entrepreneur.
8 Kid Rock Robert James Ritchie Sr., known professionally as Kid Rock, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, musician, record producer, activist, minister and actor.
9 Machine Gun Kelly Colson Baker, better known by his stage names MGK and Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper and actor, from Cleveland, Ohio.

Attention-seeking poser who ripped off Lil Peep and insults two genres of music just by existing in that space. And he looks like a skeleton with a wig.

10 Ashlee Simpson Ashley Nicolle Næss, known by the stage name Ashlee Simpson, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and media personality.
The Contenders
11 Blake Shelton Blake Tollison Shelton is an American country singer and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin".
12 Bhad Bhabie Danielle Bregoli, known professionally as Bhad Bhabie, is an American rapper and internet celebrity. She gained fame in 2017 and is known for her songs like "Gucci Flip Flops" and "Geeked Up"

Knew this was a clout-chasing poser who would try to squeeze relevance out of that Dr. Phil episode...and she did.

Cancel this wannabe gangster!

13 Charli XCX Charlotte Emma Aitchison, better known by her stage name Charli XCX, is an English singer and songwriter. Her most famous songs include Boom Clap and her feature on Iggy Azalea's Fancy.
14 Mark Wahlberg Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, businessman, former model, rapper, and songwriter.
15 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian pop-rock band from Sydney, Australia, that formed in 2011. The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists during 2011 and early 2012. They rose to international fame while touring with One Direction... read more

This is basically the more emo version of One Direction but more annoying and even worse. They are just another boy band that is supposed to sound more like pop punk but fails miserably.

They sound like most other boy bands to me.

16 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her four-octave vocal range has received critical acclaim, and her personal life has been the subject of widespread media attention. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including two Grammy... read more
17 Greta Van Fleet
18 John Lydon John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.
19 Brokencyde Brokencyde is an American crunkcore musical group from Albuquerque, New Mexico, founded in 2006. The group's lineup consists of David "Se7en" Gallegos and Michael "Mikl" Shea, and musically are one of the founding groups in the crunkcore genre, which is crunk hip-hop with screamed vocals.
20 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Provo, Utah, and are now based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band first gained exposure with the release of their... read more
21 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Swift is best known for writing personal songs and has won 13 Grammy Awards... read more
22 Melanie Martinez Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer and songwriter. Melanie Martinez auditioned for the American television vocal talent show The Voice and became a member of Team Adam.
23 Michale Graves
24 Kylie Minogue Kylie Ann Minogue is an Australian-British singer and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played the tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. She also appeared in films such as Street Fighter, Moulin Rouge!, and San Andreas.
25 Jojo Siwa Joelle Joni Siwa, also known as Jojo Siwa is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTuber. She joined the masked singer in 2020.

Am I the only one who always thought it was super awkward and cringe that a grown adult, a 19-year-old, dresses like a child and has a whole career of trying to pass herself off as a child so she can sell bows and such to little kids? I don't even know why this girl is famous. Is she a Disney star? Who is this?

I heard a while back that she came out and I was expecting her to change her image afterward, but nope. She is really working hard to cosplay as a third grader. It's hard to even want to know anything about her because the whole thing is a mess.

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