Vote: Who Is The Artist Of The Decade?

Published: Monday 16th Dec 2019 by Rashad

The 2010s permanently changed the Pop music landscape.

From the rise of independent artists to streaming becoming the primary means of consumption and more, the decade simultaneously gifted and cursed the entertainment genre in ways that will undoubtedly be imprinted for years to come.

Yet, while some artists were unable to weather the challenges of the evolving industry, a select few not only navigated the storms but turned the tide to become icons among their generation of musicians. Boasting Beyoncé‘s game changing digital drop and Lady Gaga‘s history-making‘Star is Born’ run to Drake and Ariana Grande‘s blockbuster domination of Spotify, the decade’s set the bar to almost unreachable heights for its successors.

Alas, only one stands above the rest.

As the decade draws to close, many-a-publication lists Taylor Swift as its champion while others have crowned the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna, or Bruno Mars as the act most deserving of the title.

Putting the power in the people’s hands, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – to ask:

Who Is The Artist Of The Decade?

While we’ve taken the privilege of narrowing down the options to 12, the ultimate decision is yours.  When voting, we ask that you acknowledge more than sales and accolades (i.e. award wins, RIAA certifications, Billboard stats), but also critical acclaim and impact.

Voting closes on December 19th at 11.59pm EST.  The winner will be revealed on December 20th.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Boytoy1814 December 16, 2019

    Where’s Janet Jackson?????????

    • aloha December 16, 2019

      Ima fan but old gal ghosted us for the first half of the decade.

      • Lanafan1 December 16, 2019

        Not intentionally. She was black listed.

      • You want this December 17, 2019

        Nah girl after mj died Fire she bordeline retired in dubai.

      • Lanafan1 December 17, 2019

        No, it was well before MJ died Thatcher career took a dip. She was blacklisted for years.

    • Jason Lyric December 16, 2019

      Facts

    • eric December 16, 2019

      I’m not a fan of any artist on this list, just a casual listener of some. Janet would be my only vote. She worked more in 5 years than Kanye and Adele did in 10. Revise the list!

      • Kurtz December 17, 2019

        Janet is an icon and legend and one of my too 5 artists of all time
        But artist of THIS decade no.
        It’s about who’s been relevent and sold albums and been relevent in pop culture…
        Adele GaGa Beyonce & Ed Sheeran
        There’s no other 4

    • XYZ December 17, 2019

      Why should she be on that list? Like seriously, she released one Album that was a good Album, but nothing groundbreaking either.

      • Shayla Queen December 18, 2019

        She’s hardly the new Madonna, is she 🤣

      • Fancy BISH December 18, 2019

        @Shayla, screaming 😂

  2. Holliewuudd December 16, 2019

    Bruno

  3. King Usher December 16, 2019

    B 👑

    • King Khia December 16, 2019

      .

  4. Lanafan1 December 16, 2019

    In terms of Sales, Adele

  5. Kerry Johnson December 16, 2019

    Taylor Swift ended Beyonce and Katy Perry, but Goddess Rihanna will no doubt.

    Rihanna 👑 👑

    • Haterz Gon‘ Hate December 17, 2019

      But who anticipates Taylor’s era’s? Do her lyrics and catchphrases impact pop culture? Are educational studies being taught to study her? Taylor is extremely popular but has zero cultural impact.

      • HavanaONana December 17, 2019

        Yes she has big impact in pop and country culture like you don’t even know

      • REALTALK December 17, 2019

        You are ABSOLUTELY right! Nobody is trying to be the next Taylor Swift because she is what’s wrong with the music industry, No hate but her name being mentioned in the same stratosphere as Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Whitney, Mariah, Streisand, Celine, Beyonce, etc. is making a total mockery of music. The only cultural impact she has made is a downgrade of musicality!

  6. June Nelson December 16, 2019

    Lady Gaga because she had 2 #1 albums with grammies and #1 songs. She also starred in a Top movie and got noms for multiple genre`s at the Oscars

    • Here we go again December 16, 2019

      Music artist not acting. And it’s rihanna

      • Kix December 18, 2019

        I agree with Rihanna being the artist of the decade

  7. Fancy BISH December 16, 2019

    For me, it’s about ALL the artists that define a decade, not just one! When I think of the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s, I think of a bunch of artists that helped to define music pop culture for that moment in time…so I’d say all the artists pictured did that for the 10’s…ain’t nobody Michael Jackson, Prince or Madonna, and even THEY had to share the 80’s and 90’s with multiple superstars..so yeah, all dem artists at the top of this page did just that lol…whoever put this together found the right pictures too 💯

    • Kix December 18, 2019

      Its missing Rihanna so they did a terrible job

  8. Johny5 December 16, 2019

    When FLOPmila’s tour gets cancelled, will they deduct the tour bundle sales from her first week flop? Like damn she performed three times in one night I’m the AMAs and did 50k pure sales, yikes. Normani has the biggest radio hit of the year worldwide, no album out! 2020 our girl is coming.

    • Juju December 17, 2019

      Has nor released any music as of late? Because I haven’t heard from her since Sam Smith added her to his song. Nor will never have a Havana. Point blank

      • Lanafan1 December 17, 2019

        Who cares juju? No one brought her up.

      • Johny5 December 18, 2019

        Sam added her to the song? That’s funny because they wrote it together in the studio lol

  9. 2bad2bme December 16, 2019

    Queen Bey changed the game in 2013 with self titled and again with Lemonade. These Wh0r3s don’t compare to quality like that.

    • Shayla Queen December 18, 2019

      With more than seventy writers per song? And most of each song also being ripped off from somebody else? B**** GTFO dumb broad!

  10. Diabetes Unbothered December 16, 2019

    Hard to pick between Adele and Bey until u take into account GLASTONBURY, COACHELLA, LEMONADE, ON THE RUN, THE SUPERBOWL, MRS CARTER, SELF TITLED, 4, LION KING, THE 6 IASF GRAMMY WINS, ARTIST OF MILLENIUM WMA AWARD And FORMATION .

    Adele is Close 2nd. 😁

    • MissImpartial December 17, 2019

      IASF was released in 2008 so it’s not counted as this decade.

      • Diabetes Unbothered December 17, 2019

        2010 grammys was this decade, iasf won 6 making history

    • MissImpartial December 17, 2019

      No she did not. She won 6 Grammys in 2009.

      • Beylover December 17, 2019

        Actually it was the 2010 Grammys! You can look it up and her I AM world tour didn’t evens until February of 2010. Her “Why don’t you love me” video came out in 2010 as well!

    • Shayla Queen December 18, 2019

      With more than seventy writers per song? And most of each song also being ripped off from somebody else? B**** GTFO dumb broad!

  11. HavanaONana December 16, 2019

    Taylor Swift the Queen

    • ME YOU US December 16, 2019

      👉🏾 Lies 📈📉 Detected.

    • Señorita December 16, 2019

      @HavanaOnana I definitely second the motion that Taylor Swift is the biggest artist right now and also this decade

      The one that comes close is Lady Gaga

      And then Pink

  12. Ropeburn December 16, 2019

    How is Fistopher Brown even on the list of nominees? And the winner is clearly Drake.

  13. Truth Dot Com December 16, 2019

    Clearly its Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
    Rihanna and Nicki are a close 2nd/3rd

    Taylor, Adele, Kanye, Drake, Bruno……sorry not sorry

    • IHATe. Blaccvvv n whyttee December 17, 2019

      Why is it? She is a thief.

      artist of the decade who ripped off half of her stuff…

  14. Kerry Johnson December 16, 2019

    All I can is Beyonce ain’t winning s***, that’s all there is to it.

    • IHATe. Blaccvvv n whyttee December 17, 2019

      Agreed. She copies everything. The industry is a joke..

  15. metzo December 16, 2019

    Musical Impact – Beyonce
    Trendsetter – Rihanna
    Commercial – Adele

    • 3215 December 16, 2019

      Musical Impact – Nicki
      she opened the door for Cardi who then opened the door for the new female rappers wave.

      GOD ICON status – Rihanna+Lady Gaga. in the 00s’ Britney+Beyonce

      Commercial – Adele+drake

      • Kurtz December 17, 2019

        Nah that door BEEN open since Lil Kim 🤷🏽‍♂️

  16. Meme December 16, 2019

    If we are talking about who was consistent on all fronts, it would be Rihanna, Taylor or drake.

    Drake albums always perform well but his singles didn’t start topping the charts until the ending of the decade. Taylor has been consistent with both albums and singles but to me her music hasn’t been progressive.

    Out of everyone, Rihanna has not only been consistent each era but both her music and sales has been progressive. She’s the only music who really pushes the envelope with each album and keeps us anticipated.

    • Diabetes Unbothered December 16, 2019

      consistent on all fronts…

      Rihanna????

      LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO, Consistantly canceling or reschuling tour dates? Consistent in discounting alvums for chance at #1 and giving away 1 mill for platium plat. Had to cancel all stadiums for anti tour, Last tour FLOPPED. Consistently playing Extras in flop movies. Unapologetic sold less than TTT anti sold less than unapologetic and stalled at 600k. Only 1 Grammy nid for AOY her whole career(loud), anti didn’t win any Grammy at all btw.

      Yeah pretty consistent.

      • Meme December 16, 2019

        K

  17. Tino December 16, 2019

    Adele or Drake.

  18. Jeans December 16, 2019

    Taylor Swift

  19. ME YOU US December 16, 2019

    As per usual 👑🦄 & 👑🐝 are in the top s***..

  20. pat December 16, 2019

    low key Drake had the most influence sonically and overall charts w singles and albums impact

    • ME YOU US December 16, 2019

      King Payola🤦🏾‍♂️

  21. King Khia December 16, 2019

    Kendrick Lamar (13 Grammys, 3 #1 albums, 1 #1 soundtrack album, 1 Pulitzer, 3 classic albums)

    • Terny December 17, 2019

      I was wondering why Kendrick isn’t on the list too… Let’s not forget that the biggest movie this decade’s soundtrack black panther was him

  22. Yolanda December 16, 2019

    Rihanna (and she hasn’t recorded an album in foreva).

  23. Randall Jae December 16, 2019

    Nicki Minaj

  24. Señorita December 16, 2019

    Artists of the decade:
    Dolly Parton
    Reba Mc Entire
    Carrie Underwood
    Miranda Lambert
    Dixie Chicks
    Jason ALDEAN
    Blake Shelton
    Taylor Swift
    Billy Ray Cyrus

    • REALTALK December 17, 2019

      How can the biggest selling most influential artist of All Time through racism and all not be on that list? Michael has had 2 mega careers and has influenced the majority of people making music in some way shape or form. The dude was so good the only way they
      could beat him was to try to taint his name!!!!!

    • Lanafan1 December 17, 2019

      Country artists*

  25. Really Doe?! December 16, 2019

    I can tell you who shouldn’t be on this list at all:
    – Adele
    – Lady Gaga
    – Kanye West
    And Swift can kick rocks too.

    • Lanafan1 December 17, 2019

      Lies!

  26. Curt December 16, 2019

    On a blog that stans, lives, does, and kills for Beyonce, this poll is absolutely pointless. That said, Beyonce has had the biggest impact on the last ten years in the music industry.

  27. Rashad December 16, 2019

    Adele, Rihanna or Taylor. They each ran pop music in totally different ways from the beginning to the end of the 2010s

  28. Rihanna the King!! December 16, 2019

    Rihanna changed music and fashion!!

  29. 🙋🏿‍♀️Jazzy Da Bi Asian 💁🏿‍♀️Not 👹 TROLLmine 💁🏿‍♀️Nor 🗑 TRASHmine December 17, 2019

    Bruno Mars is w/o a doubt the artist of the decade. Not only has he excelled on sales, won top honors at all award shows (including the Grammys AOTY), done the super bowl, crosseD over multi genres, had the touring game on lock, Supplied top notch videos, supplied top notch performances with live singing and dancing BUT TO TOP IT OFF, Bruno has wrote hits for other artists like Adele, like brandy, Adam Levine, Cee-lo Green.. no other artist on here has that to their credit. Bruno is the entire full package.

  30. C****** Cebolla December 17, 2019

    Beyonce is fat and washed up FLOP

    • Kurtz December 17, 2019

      A flop 😂🤣 350 million plus networth
      Super bowl
      Glastonbury
      Coachella
      Changed the game with that digital drop
      Wow that’s a good flop 🤣🤣😂😂
      🙄

    • Jam December 17, 2019

      No matter how you spin it, you can’t say that when you compare the majority of her work from 2010-2017. Only her lion king sound track is what you can get away with…

      • C****** Cebolla December 17, 2019

        She’s a very fat and ugly flop. Deal with it

  31. Queen Nicki Minaj December 17, 2019

    Shareefa
    Shareefa
    Shareefa
    🙊

    Yo the artist of the decade is her

  32. Truth, a REAL sissy December 17, 2019

    U can remove nicki

  33. Chica December 17, 2019

    Mariah Carey

  34. Joseph Washington December 17, 2019

    The Queen BEY👑 Bcuz she is Queen BEY. And none of the talentless b****** had iconic and artistic albums like Lemonade and self titled

    • C****** Cebolla December 17, 2019

      And no other artist only sold 940 copies in the UK and 9k in the US!!! Legendary flop!

  35. KeepingItReal December 17, 2019

    Where is jlo?

  36. Jam December 17, 2019

    This is buggy. I check mark my person but there is no submit button…

  37. Tyty December 17, 2019

    Beyoncé the fact she is still in the conversation 20 years later says it all. Rihanna umm she is more a businesswoman now so she doesn’t count literally forgot she was ever a musician. Adele sales are great but other than that she has no real impact. Drake is a b**** whose success is bizarre. The rest their careers are a flop away from being irrelevant.

  38. Cardin is Queen December 17, 2019

    Cardi B why is Nicki Minaj on here she had the worst year ever tf

    • Beam Me Up Scotty December 17, 2019

      How you going to compare a queen to a rat?

  39. C****** Cebolla December 17, 2019

    Beyoncé is artist of the decade

    #940 copies sold In the UK
    #9k copies sold in the US

  40. MissImpartial December 17, 2019

    Beyonce only had successful tours. She didn’t have any number ones or massive selling Albums. All her albums were only hyped up first week and having a surprise album doesn’t mean she is artists of the decade.

    • B2B December 18, 2019

      Lies!!!!! Lemonade was the top selling album in 2016! Outsold Drake and RiRi (no shade)!

  41. #TheTruth December 17, 2019

    I think it’s silly to compare people’s achievements.
    Obviously more than one artist had a great decade.
    But I guess it’s like award shows and such, only one winner per category when several people deserve to win.

    Ed Sheeran really was at the top of the game with several albums.
    Bruno did amazing as well. So did Drake.
    For Justin B and T, it was inconsistent.

    For females I’d say Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor.
    Katy’s career started suffering with the 4th album but she had a strong decade as well.
    Ariana is THE emerging talent of the decade.
    For Nicki it was inconsistent but she was the leading female rapper.
    Regarding Camila, time will tell as that sophomore album is clearly underperforming.

    • Kix December 18, 2019

      You forgot Rihanna

  42. IHATe. Blaccvvv n whyttee December 17, 2019

    Lil wayne?

    Why isn’t his picture up there. He signed Nicki and Drake and manage his own career as well.

    F*** Beyonce

    • Terny December 17, 2019

      Honestly, in spite of the fact I don’t check for her, Taylor Swift owned this decade. Then Drake and lastly Adele. Definitely not Beyoncé nor Rihanna or Lady Gaga.

  43. Terny December 17, 2019

    Last choice Taylor Swift. Hard as it is to admit… Music really went down the drain this decade.

    • Fancy BISH December 17, 2019

      The true culprits who really tried to take music down the gutter didn’t make it on this list, those lil drug pushers 😂 But you can say Mariah saved the decade in the nick of time tho lol 🎄 ❄️ 🎁

      • Gworl Bye December 17, 2019

        With a 25 year old cheesy Christmas song that will be forgotten by New Years? Lol yeah right, she saved nothing, this decade of music was still trash.

      • Fancy BISH December 17, 2019

        @Gworl GONE, Mariah is #1 right now..let that SINK into your hatin asss soul 😂 What can you say that hasn’t been said, that’s what I wanna hear! 🤳🏽 And if you think this decade of music is a dumpster fire, then that’s your opinion…Mariah #1 tho, HOEE 😂
        https://tenor.com/view/mariah-carey-songbird-gif-10255761

      • C**-ila December 18, 2019

        Not to despise Mariah but Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Three is 3rd this week the song is from 1958 it didn’t chart until 1960 when charted 14.
        She only had a number 1 in her career.
        Today she has 75yo, is touring smaller arenas mostly in the heart of the country and didn’t make anything for it to chart again.
        So MC’s accomplishment is a gem but isn’t that unique.

  44. Jay December 17, 2019

    I meant to vote for Adele.

  45. Gworl Bye December 17, 2019

    None of the above.

  46. Yo December 17, 2019

    Well done to Taylor swift

  47. Sashayyyy Okayyy December 17, 2019

    Katy Perry and Demi Lovato are the artists of the decade and I don’t wanna here NOTHING!

    • HavanaONana December 19, 2019

      Right

    • HavanaONana December 19, 2019

      If that’s what you feel you go girl

  48. Sashayyyy Okayyy December 17, 2019

    Where’s JUNES DIARY ON THIS LIST?!

    • Fancy BISH December 17, 2019

      SCREAMING 😂

  49. Claude Remains December 17, 2019

    Adele! An artist who can sell 3.4 million PHYSICAL copies in only 7 days obviously deserves to be remembered as Artist of the Decade!!!

    • C****** Cebolla December 18, 2019

      She can be the whale of the decade

      • Claude Remains December 18, 2019

        Don’t talk about your mother like that! You should be grateful to her that you exist – she nearly swallowed you!!!

  50. Glazba December 17, 2019

    Riri

  51. Muki December 18, 2019

    ROSALÍA 💃🏻

  52. C****** Cebolla December 18, 2019

    Poor Payolonce falling behind Taylor and always being second best lol

    • HavanaONana December 18, 2019

      Omg no Bey!!’

      She’s falling behind Katy and Taylor oh no

  53. Pete December 18, 2019

    The fact that Taylor is winning with 31% of the vote is killing me!

    • TRUTH December 18, 2019

      Agree. I believe this is racial issue because at what point did she become the bigger artist. Poll on songs and lyrics next guaranteed a “guess this artist ” poll would leave to correct answers

      • HavanaONana December 18, 2019

        She is a bigger artist now though
        Whether you like it or not
        I would love Beyoncé to win too but It’s Taylor time this decade

  54. Mensah Blinks December 18, 2019

    Nicki Minaj deserves it

  55. TRUTH December 18, 2019

    I never leave a post but this is insane. Now Taylor I understand getting a high court vote but Katy Perry over most artist on here? This is clearly a joke and the numbers are all lies. #1 DRAKE has sold and made more music than most in last decade#2 Beyonce is clearly the biggest artist we seen in a century hell damn a decade, I believe this has turned into a racial thing dont let the blacks win.

    • Queen Nicki Minaj December 18, 2019

      Wrog!

      Nicki Minaj should be the #1 there not fraudyonce and drakepayola

      • TRUTH December 18, 2019

        Your opinion sis. Mines is not up for argument

    • HavanaONana December 18, 2019

      I respect your opinion but in reality people will support or vote for artist that they love more or more drawn into regardless of all the hype, talent, race, smoke and mirrors or achievements.

      • TRUTH December 18, 2019

        Now that I agree with.

  56. BadgalRiri December 18, 2019

    Since my girl Riri is not on top 5

    I’ll go for Adele, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift

    Katy I respect her craft, she has popular and number one singles but I’ll go for the three ladies

  57. Shayla Queen December 18, 2019

    My girl Taylor! 👑

  58. xedos December 18, 2019

    drake

  59. B2B December 18, 2019

    Literally Beyoncé! Biggest tours, game changing albums, and she became the most awarded artist of all time! How dare you all compare her to the likes of Taylor, Rihanna and Drake! Taylor hasn’t been relevant since 1989! Lemonade outsold Drake and Rihanna’s 2016 albums. BEYONCÉ transformed the music industry in 2013; b**** sold 80k in 3hrs, 800K in 3 days! That’s something that had NEVER been done before! Then you have Coachella, Glastonbury, Superbowl x2, Iconic Pepsi commercial, Global Citizens, MIA, & so much more!

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  61. Queen Nicki Minaj December 19, 2019

    Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry for the win

    Swish swish bish another one in the basket🙉🤭🥰

  62. Queen Adele December 20, 2019

    Congrats Queen Taylor for winning here. U dessserve the vote. You proved haters wrong and they seething for jealousy

    Even though I wanted Adele to win so bad, is okay coz Taylor won

    Periodt

    I’m so glad u defeated Katy and yonce lol

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