Famous American Singers

American singers hailing from different cultural heritages undoubtedly play a major role in the development of world music. The Americans’ love for music is well known and it comes as no surprise that the country has produced some of the finest singers over the past centuries. Flora Batson, nicknamed "The Double-Voiced Queen of Song" because of her soprano-baritone range, was a 19th century black concert singer who overcame racism to become an internationally well-known star. In the 20th century the American music industry developed a series of new forms of music, and styles such as heavy metal, punk, soul, and hip hop. Louis Armstrong was one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music and became one of the first truly popular African-Americans in the racially divided society. Another one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century was Frank Sinatra who was called "the greatest singer of the 20th century" by a music critic. The mid 20th century in American music was dominated by Elvis Presley often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", while the later part of the century saw the emergence of singers like Aaliyah, Lance Bass, and Sonny Curtis. Read on to discover about the life and works of famous American singers.

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 1 Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 XXXTentacion

XXXTentacion
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 23, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 18, 2018

A rapper and singer, XXXTentacion, gained fame with the success of the song, Look at Me, and release of albums like 17 and ?. In his personal life, he faced multiple legal issues from the beginning. He was shot dead at the young age of 20. XXXTentacion had a cult following among the youth owing to his depression and alienation thematic driven music.

 4 Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 5 Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Knowles
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 6 Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 7 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 13, 1996

Tupac Amaru Shakur, popularly known as 2Pac or Makaveli, is considered as one of the greatest American rappers of all time. Talent and trouble went hand in hand in Shakur’s journey to fame; the higher Shakur rose in his iconic status, the deeper he became entangled in gang violence and an infamous rivalry, which sadly led to his untimely demise.

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 8 Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
228
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

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 9 Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 8, 2019
Rapper Juice Wrld is best remembered for his tracks Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same. He was also part of the collective Internet Money. He died due to a drug-induced seizure at the age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die topped the Billboard 200 chart.

 10 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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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 11 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 12 Post Malone

Post Malone
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Much appreciated for his introspective songwriting, singer-songwriter, Post Malone ,is the first-ever solo artist to top both the Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts as a lead artist. His music covers a range of genres including country, grunge, rap, and R&B. He has been accused of  "appropriating" African-American culture and has been called a “culture vulture".

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 13 Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg
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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Snoop Dogg is a famous American rapper whose life is a perfect example of rags-to-riches story. As a child, he did various odd jobs to help his family make ends meet. He started rapping as a young boy to distract himself from his unstable family life. He ran into trouble with the law as a teenager. However, once he released his debut album, there was no looking back.

 

 14 Eminem

Eminem
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Amongst the biggest rappers of all time, Eminem gained worldwide popularity with the release of albums like The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. His subsequent albums became huge successes further making him a bigger sensation and one of the bestselling music artists of all time. His fame greatly inspired other white rappers to succeed in popular music.

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 15 Katy Perry

Katy Perry
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 16 Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

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 17 Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 18 Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 19 Britney Spears

Britney Spears
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 20 Cardi B

Cardi B
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Rap legend Cardi B rose from being an exotic dancer and internet celebrity to being featured on Forbes and Time 100. Her triple-platinum-certified debut album, Invasion of Privacy, topped the Billboard 200. She was the only female solo artist to win the Grammy for the Best Rap Album.

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 21 Prince

Prince
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Famous As: African-American Singer
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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.

 22 Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 23 Travis Scott

Travis Scott
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Travis Scott is a highly successful rapper, singer and songwriter. In 2016, his second albun, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight became his first number one album on the Billboard 200. It was followed by his album, Astroworld, which received widespread critical praise. His music is a fusion of fusion of traditional, hip hop, lo-fi and ambient.

 24 John Legend

John Legend
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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 The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 9, 1997

The Notorious B.I.G. was a rapper and songwriter and is considered one of the best ever. His debut album Ready to Die in 1994 was critically acclaimed. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in September 1996. His album Life After Death was released two weeks after his death. 

 26 Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre
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Famous As: Rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Rapper, record producer, and audio engineer, Dr. Dre, is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He is credited with the popularization of  West Coast G-funk, a sub-genre of hip hop. After establishing himself in the music industry, he promoted the careers of many other rappers, including 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.

 27 DaBaby

DaBaby
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American rapper and songwriter DaBaby gained critical acclaim and commercial success with his debut album Baby on Baby. Later, his two other albums Kirk and Blame It on Baby became huge successes and made him one of the biggest rappers in the US. Earlier his single Light Show and Baby Talk series of mixtape attracted quite a lot of attention.

 28 Ice Cube

Ice Cube
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Ice Cube played an important role in contributing to gangsta rap's popularity. His lyrics for N.W.A's album Straight Outta Compton redrew boundaries and shaped West Coast rap's identity. Because of his lyrics, that explain black nationalism and black struggle, Ice Cube went on to influence a host of rappers and is considered one of the greatest rappers ever.

 29 Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 30 Pink

Pink
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 31 Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

 32 Jay-Z

Jay-Z
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 33 Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne
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Famous As: Hip-hop artist
Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Rapper, singer and songwriter, Lil Wayne, is said to be an influential hip hop artists of his generation. Initially he was a flagship artist of Cash Money Records and then went solo. His albums are hugely popular and he has sold more than 120 million records worldwide. He has served an eight-month jail sentence for criminal possession of a weapon.

 34 Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Lil Uzi Vert is an American rapper whose music is defined by dark subject matters, which complements his androgynous fashion, eccentric hairstyles, facial piercings, and face tattoos. Lil Uzi Vert has often courted controversy by saying phrases associated with Satanism and adding satanic imagery to his Instagram account. He has also been accused of worshipping Satan.

 35 Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 2019

Nipsey Hussle was an American rapper who left behind quite a legacy when he was fatally shot at the age of 33. His death was met with a strong artistic response as more than 50 murals dedicated to him were painted in Los Angeles alone within a few months after his death. As a rapper and activist, Hussle influenced several youngsters.

 36 Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Kendrick Lamar is regarded as one of the greatest lyricists and rappers of all time. He is also considered one of the most influential celebrities of his generation; such has been his impact on the music industry. In 2016, he was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 37 Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 38 YNW Melly

YNW Melly
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 1, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

YNW Melly is an American rapper whose song Murder on My Mind became a huge hit, especially after Melly was charged with double-murder. In 2019, he pleaded not guilty and is currently awaiting trial. If proven guilty, he could face life imprisonment or even capital punishment. Apart from the double-murder charges, he is a suspect in the 2017 murder of a sheriff's deputy.

 39 Halsey

Halsey
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 40 Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Bebe Rexha is an American singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, Rexha has contributed to the success of songs recorded by artists like Eminem, Nick Jonas, and Selena Gomez. Her debut album Expectations did well in the US. Having described her sexual orientation as fluid, Rexha serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community; she is also a supporter of the community.  

 41 Eazy-E

Eazy-E
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 26, 1995

Widely regarded as the godfather of gangsta rap, Eazy-E was a rapper and record producer. He played a major role in popularizing gangsta rap and West Coast rap by forming N.W.A, which is considered one of the most influential and greatest hip hop groups of all time. Eazy-E died at the age of 30 after being diagnosed with AIDS.

 42 Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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. 

 43 Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Chance the Rapper is best known for his Billboard-charting mixtape Coloring Book, which was the first streaming-only album to earn a Grammy. An avid social activist in Chicago, he owns the non-profit SocialWorks. He is known for his signature style of wearing a cap with the number "3" on it.

 44 Doja Cat

Doja Cat
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 21, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 45 Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Multifaceted personality, Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, author and businesswoman and is known mainly for her work in country music. She has received various accolades and awards in her very successful singing career spanning several decades and has composed over 3,000 songs. She has also worked in several movies and is a prolific songwriter.

 46 Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa
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Famous As: Rapper & Songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Rapper Wiz Khalifa shot to fame with his Billboard-topping track Black and Yellow. His single See You Again was part of the soundtrack of Furious 7 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks. The Grammy-nominated artist is a supporter of cannabis usage and a martial arts enthusiast.

 47 Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Nicholas Cannon is a comedian, rapper and television host. The Nick Cannon Show, America's Got Talent and The Masked Singer are some of his popular TV shows. He has also acted in films like Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Roll Bounce. Cannon has been accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks. He has called White people ‘savages’.

 48 Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Fashion Designer, Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 49 Tyga

Tyga
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Tyga is a singer-songwriter, rapper, television personality, and actor. Although Tyga had a promising start to his music career, he faced a setback when he had to endure a long period of negative reviews and poor sales. He was also troubled by a series of legal issues. Despite his struggles, Tyga proved his mettle by releasing his hit album Legendary.

 50 Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: April 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.