In an industry as fickle as the music business, longevity can be an elusive concept. For the lucky (but often deserving) batch who manage to see their respective impacts survive changing musical trends and tides, a particularly fortunate class – even among that small group – vaunt relevance.
Granted, the ageist industry sees less women than men score the latter, but the list of female acts who have remained competitive far beyond their commercial peaks – especially on Billboard – is nothing to dismiss.
As this week saw Rihanna add her name to a growing list of performers who have scored a top 40 hit in at least three decades (as we reported here), That Grape Juice thought it a great time time to salute the divas who broke the ground before her.
Look inside to see who made the ultra-exclusive list. Don’t be surprised if your fave is absent…