Beyonce has been named the most defining artist of the last five years by Billboard.com.
The hitmaker’s achievements in the first half of the 2010s helped her outshine her closest competitor, Kanye West, thanks in part to her show-stopping Super Bowl performance and mini-Destiny’s Child reunion in 2013, her co-headlining On The Run tour with rapper husband Jay Z last summer and the surprise release of her self-titled 2013 album, which editors have deemed an “instant-classic”.
Hailing the superstar, they conclude, “Nobody’s perfect, but Beyonce is just about as flawless as they come – and in the 2010s, the rest of the music world was simply trying (and failing) to keep up with her.”
West ranked second on the list, followed by Adele, Taylor Swift and Drake, who round out the top five, respectively.
Others making the top 10 include Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and this year’s Super Bowl headliner Katy Perry.