In this article, we are counting down music’s most life-changing and most talked about moments. From Beyoncé to Janelle Monae, this is music’s most political and butt-kicking artists.
When Ella Fitzgerald became the first African American to win a Grammy in 1958
She is known as the First Lady of Song but did you know, she won her first Grammy at the very first Grammy awards in 1958. She won the category of best female jazz performance.
That moment when Lauryn Hill’s first single “Doo Wop (That Thing)” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998
She was the only female able to accomplish this impressive musical feat until Cardi B in 2017. This chart-topper made Lauryn Hill the first black female to hit number one on the Billboard’s hot 100 without a featuring artist.
When Beyoncé performed Formation at the super bowl
The Michael Jackson tribute was flawless. This performance was a truly iconic moment, we all forgot that it wasn’t a queen B concert but rather the Super Bowl. Even the American Football players forgot it was the Super Bowl.
Janelle Monae. Just Janelle Monae in general.
The critically-acclaimed actress that starred in Hidden Figures and Moonlight also happens to be a Grammy-nominated, powerhouse, feminist and LGBTQ+ ally singer. She is releasing the long-awaited Dirty Computer on the 27th of April, 2018 and expectations are high. The singer dropped two videos on the 22nd of February: Make Me Feel and Django Jane. Make Me Feel is described as a bisexual anthem. It includes Janelle Monae running from one side of the room to another, stuck between two love interests, a man and Tessa Thompson (the Thor Ragnarok actress, who is rumoured to be in a relationship with Janelle).
Meanwhile, the second track takes on a serious political and feminist tone. The video includes many African themes from the Moroccan-inspired table to the Black Panther-inspired themes. She is a feminist icon that inspires people to live their best life.