Famous American Pop Singers

When you think of pop singers, the first thought that comes to your mind is flashy artistes with wind-swept tresses or slickly moussed Mohawks, multicolored wigs and sleeve tattoos, gyrating in barely there dress carrying some eye-popping props in some outlandish music video. But we don’t really blame you for deeming so! Ever since the advent of pop culture, pop stars have been deemed as desirable pinups masquerading as singers. But thanks to the Gagas, the Biebers, the Minajs and the Perrys who showed the world that the flashy business of pop was not just faff – it meant some seriously good music too! The number of Billboard hits these pop stars have scored is a testimony to that. There is no denying that the musical empire of America has always been over-saturated with pop singers. We bring you biographies, trivia and interesting facts on America’s most famous pop singers who gave pop its own unique place in the world of global music.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, United States

A talented youngster, Ariana Grande first stepped into the world of entertainment through Broadway musical 13 and later shot to fame with television series Victorious and its spinoff, Sam & Cat. Her television series also kick started her musical career which flourished with the release of her five commercially successful and critically applauded albums and collaborations with various other artists.

 2 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Famous As: King of Pop
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 25, 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

 3 Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

American pop and country music singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift is a multiple Grammy award winning artist who has inspired a number of hopeful musicians. A talented artist since a young age, she achieved success with her first single and debut album in 2006. Since then, the Fearless star has not looked back and also made her acting debut in 2009.

 4 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Popular singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga has been active in the music industry since her teens. One of the world's best-selling music artists, she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. A versatile performer, she is known for her consistent image reinventions in music. She is actively involved in philanthropy and social activism.

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 5 Prince

Prince
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 21, 2016

Singer-songwriter, dancer, and musician, Prince is is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. He was considered a guitar virtuoso and could also play several other instruments. With worldwide sales of over 150 million records, he is ranked among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was also well known for his flamboyant persona.

 6 Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: July 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Prairie, Texas, United States

Singer, songwriter, and actress, Selena Gomez, was destined for a career in the entertainment industry! The daughter of an actress, she was exposed to acting as a child and began her career early on. She gained much fame as a singer and actress in her teenage and was named the Billboard Woman of the Year in 2017.

 7 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

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 8 Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.

 9 Britney Spears

Britney Spears
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States

Internationally recognised American singer, songwriter and actress, Britney Spears entered the entertainment industry at an early age and later became highly successful as a solo artist with her albums, Baby One More Time, and Oops!…I Did It Again. The Princess of Pop has since released a number of albums and dabbled with acting. Her personal life has also garnered frequent media attention.

 10 Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Demi Lovato rose to fame with the television film Camp Rock, but became highly successful as singer when she released her pop rock debut album, Don't Forget in 2008, which was followed by many more albums seeing millions in sale. Her health issues like bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa and drug and alcohol addictions have received significant media attention.

 11 Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

American singer, Bruno Mars, is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has a wide range of musical style like R&B, pop, funk, reggae, hip hop and rock. He is also known for his stage performances. Locked Out of Heaven, When I Was Your Man, 24K Magic and That's What I Like are some of his hit songs.

 12 Katy Perry

Katy Perry
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States

A name that has found a place in the Forbes list of highest-earning women in music continuously for 9 years in a row, Katy Perry is a one of America’s most beloved pop singers. An inspiration to upcoming singers, Perry has established herself in the music industry through her edgy tunes and empowering tracks.

 13 Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A young singer and songwriter who rose to international fame while still in her teens, Billie Eilish is blessed with a soprano vocal range and an ethereal voice. Already the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Grammy awards, she was named in Time magazine’s  inaugural "Time 100 Next" list in 2019.

 14 Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra
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Famous As: Singer and Actor
Birthdate: December 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 14, 1998

Amongst the most popular singers of the 20th century and one of the bestselling artists of all time, Frank Sinatra began his musical career singing with bands and later established his successful solo career with albums like The Voice of Frank Sinatra. Also an award winning actor, he featured in movies like From Here to Eternity and The Manchurian Candidate.

 15 Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States

Known for her five-octave vocal range and melismatic singing style, singer-songwriter Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She holds the record for the most number-one singles by a solo artist and a female songwriter. She was ranked second on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. 

 16 Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 11, 2012

Amongst the best-selling recording artists of all time and an inspiration to millions of budding artists, Whitney Houston achieved stardom with her eponymous debut album. The success of her later albums consolidated her position and earned her a spot in the Guinness World Records as the most awarded female artist of all time. She struggled with drug abuse and troubled marriage and died of drowning in her hotel's bathtub. 

 17 Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Beyonce Knowles is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She developed an interest in music as a child. As a teenager, she became the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. As of today, she is one of the world's best-selling recording artists. 

 18 Madonna

Madonna
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States

Often called the Queen of Pop, Madonna is considered one of the most popular and influential personalities in popular culture. Having sold more than 300 million records, she is the best-selling female musician of all time. Often featured in lists like the Greatest Artists of All Time, Madonna serves as an inspiration to many musicians, singers, and songwriters.

 19 Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has been active in the music industry since the mid-1990s. Her debut album was a super hit and earned her five Grammy Awards. She is one of the best-selling artists in the United States and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. She is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism.

 20 Pink

Pink
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States

Pink is an American singer-songwriter known for her acrobatic stage presence and raspy voice. Having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, Pink is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. A recipient of several prestigious awards, Pink was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. Her work has inspired many other artists like Taylor Swift.

 21 Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
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Famous As: Singer & Activist
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 22 Justin Randall Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Justin Randall Timberlake is an American actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Regarded as a pop icon, Timberlake has sold more than 56 million singles worldwide, which makes him one of the best-selling music artists. In 2007 and 2013, he was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. Timberlake is also known for his philanthropic activities.

 23 Jay-Z

Jay-Z
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Jay-Z is an American rapper and songwriter and is one of the world's best-selling music artists. His debut album Reasonable Doubt was hugely successful in 1996 and since then he has gone on to release many more acclaimed and successful albums. He has been charged with assaulting a record executive and was given a three-year probation sentence in January 2000.

 24 John Legend

John Legend
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, actor, film producer and theatre director and his song All of Me from his fourth studio album was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit. He has released a host of successful albums. He has also won many awards, including an Oscar and a handful of Grammys. He is also an actor and a TV personality.

 25 Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Regarded as the personification of the perfect pop star, Kelly Clarkson is a product of American Idol. After winning the competition, she went on to become a popular star and was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. She has also inspired other popular musicians, such as Kelsea Ballerini and Demi Lovato. Kelly is also a well-known philanthropist.

 26 Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

American singer and actor, Nick Jonas is one of the three members of the popular American pop rock band Jonas Brothers which has released five studio albums and worked in two successful Disney’s television films. When the band disbanded for sometime, Nick released solo albums, founded a record label and furthered his acting career with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

 27 Halsey

Halsey
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edison, New Jersey, United States

Halsey is an American singer and songwriter. She serves as an inspiration to several aspiring singers as she became a professional singer after posting self-released music on the internet. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. Also an activist, Halsey has been involved in racial justice protests and suicide prevention programs.

 28 Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States

Having sold more than 75 million records worldwide, Christina Aguilera is one of the best-selling music artists of the current generation. In 2008, she was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list. In 2013, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 29 Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cojímar, Havana, Cuba

Cuban-American singer and songwriter, Camila Cabello, first gained fame as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. She is also a solo artist and released her debut solo album in 2018. She is the recipient of Billboard Women in Music award for Breakthrough Artist. She is also an upcoming actress who has appeared in a few TV shows.

 30 Adam Levine

Adam Levine
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Three-time Grammy-winning Maroon 5 singer and guitarist Adam Levine had started his career with the band Kara's Flowers, which went defunct later. He has also judged the reality show The Voice. Adam owns a production company and a music label. He also has his own fragrance line and clothing collection.

 31 Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fullerton, California, United States

The co-founder of the popular band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani is a famous singer, songwriter, and record producer. One of the most decorated singer-songwriters, Stefani was ranked 13th in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, she is also one of the most successful female artists.

 32 Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

A member of the prominent Jackson family, Janet Jackson is a singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. Popularly known for her innovative and socially conscious songs, she was considered a sex icon in her youth. Beginning her career as a teenager, she went on to become one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

 33 Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: April 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 1, 1984

American singer Marvin Gaye is one of the most successful black artists ever and his albums have sold in millions. His success reached great heights with the 1972 song What's Going On. The 1982 single Sexual Healing was the biggest hit of his career and was a chartbuster. He was tragically shot dead by his father after a family altercation.

 34 Doja Cat

Doja Cat
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Rapper
Birthdate: October 21, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Singer and rapper, Doja Cat, is best known for the music video for her song Mooo!, which went viral in 2018 and made her an international sensation. She subsequently went on to become a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms. She often kindles controversies because of her social media comments on sensitive issues.

 35 Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Murrieta, California, United States
Olivia Rodrigo is best known as Paige Olvera from Bizaardvark and as Nini Salazar-Roberts from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Her debut single, Drivers License, reached the top spot of charts in the U.S. She is associated with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

 36 Ray Charles

Ray Charles
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: September 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: June 10, 2004

Ray Charles went on to become a great singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist, despite suffering blindness due to glaucoma early in his life. One of the most respected and decorated musicians of all time, Ray Charles has been named in lists, such as 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He pioneered the soul music genre, which remains his greatest contribution.

 37 Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: October 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States

Bella Thorne is an American actress who became popular with her portrayal of the character of CeCe Jones on the sitcom Shake it Up. Born to a poor family of mixed descent, Bella Thorne had to start working at a young age to support her single mother. She had a difficult childhood marred by poverty and sexual abuse. She is openly pansexual.

 38 Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rumson, New Jersey, United States
Charlie Puth initially gained fame through his covers and originals on his YouTube channel, CharliesVlogs. He briefly worked under Ellen DeGeneres's label. He is known for the multiple-Grammy-nominated track See You Again by rapper Wiz Khalifa, which featured him, and his chartbusters One Call Away and We Don't Talk Anymore.

 39 Jojo Siwa

Jojo Siwa
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 19, 2003
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Multitalented entertainer Jojo Siwa gained fame with Dance Moms, which featured her along with her mother. She has a popular YouTube channel where she posts daily vlogs. A talented singer, she has delivered hits such as Kid in a Candy Store. She was also named to Time 100 in 2020.

 40 Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Casa Grande, Arizona, United States

American singer, songwriter and actor Joe Jonas shot to fame as the lead vocalist of the famous pop-rock band, Jonas Brothers. Later, he released a solo album, Fastlife and also formed another band, DNCE before once again joining his brothers for a single, Sucker. He has also appeared in various films and television shows.

 41 Finneas O'Connell

Finneas O'Connell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Finneas O'Connell is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. He has played an important role in the success of his younger sister Billie Eilish's career as he has written and produced many of her popular songs. He has written and produced songs for other famous music artists as well.

 42 Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: June 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Hawaiian born singer, dancer and television personality, Nicole Scherzinger grabbed attention with TV show Popstars and later as the lead singer of the popular girl’s band, The Pussycat Dolls. She further created a place for herself with her solo albums, acting assignments, participation in reality singing and dancing shows and finally by becoming a judge on various reality shows.

 43 Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Evesham, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 10, 2016

Christina Grimmie was an American singer-songwriter, actress, and YouTuber. She was fatally shot in 2016 when she was signing autographs after performing at The Plaza Live in Florida. Following her murder, celebrities demanded better security measures at concert venues and Billboard published an open letter demanding background checks for gun purchases. Several venues observed safety precautions like adding metal detectors.  

 44 Cherilyn Sarkisian

Cherilyn Sarkisian
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: El Centro, California, United States
The “Goddess of Pop” Cher began her career with the folk-rock duo Sonny & Cher. She also appeared on Broadway and delivered an Oscar-winning performance in the film Moonstruck. Her track Believe was the biggest-selling single by a female artist in the U.K. and popularized the auto-tune, or "Cher effect.”

 45 Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States

Meghan Trainor is an American talent show judge and singer-songwriter. Trainor is credited with promoting body positivity through her music; her songs often have lyrical themes based on personal empowerment and body image. Also a well-known philanthropist, Meghan Trainor works closely with organizations, such as The American Cancer Society. She also takes an active part in several charity events.

 46 Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakland, California

Actress and singer Zendaya is best known for her role in the Disney Channel sitcom, Shake It Up. She began her career as a model and is trained in different forms of dance. As a singer, she has released one studio album and several singles. She identifies as a feminist and has shown support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.

 47 Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Actress and singer-songwriter Idina Menzel has been active in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Beginning her career as a theater artist, she gradually moved to TV and films. As a singer, she has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. She is a feminist and LGTBQA+ activist who champions for equal rights for all.

 48 Fergie

Fergie
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hacienda Heights, California, United States
Fergie soared to fame as part of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas, which has delivered hits such as Boom Boom Pow. She was initially a child star in Kids Incorporated. She has also released solo hits such as Big Girls Don't Cry and owns a line of fragrances. 

 49 Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States

Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and composer whose work with the band Commodores and his solo career established him as a successful balladeer of the 1980s. Having sold more than 90 million records, Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Also a philanthropist, Richie helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 50 Khalid (Singer)

Khalid (Singer)
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 11, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Stewart, Georgia

Khalid is an American singer-songwriter whose work in Logic’s hit single 1-800-273-8255 earned him a nomination at the Grammy Awards. He has also received prestigious awards, such as Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Award, and American Music Awards. In 2019, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.