Have you ever listened to a popular singer on the radio, only to be left questioning how they got famous in the first place? On a community site, people discussed the prompt: “Who is the most overrated music artist?” Here are the top responses.
I can attest to the fact that Hotline Bling and One Dance were inescapable in 2016. At the time, these earworm R&B tracks were streamed and downloaded in groundbreaking numbers.
While commenters admitted that his songs are catchy, they found it absurd that Drake was revered by his fans as the GOAT, or “Greatest Of All Time.” Many argued that his repetitive tone and generic delivery made him “way overrated.”
2. DJ Khaled
Rather than being respected for his own creativity, someone wrote that DJ Khaled gained popularity by featuring megastars in his songs, making him famous by association. Another person added that he pays creators to do production work and releases the finished songs under his name.
Beyoncé has numerous accolades to her name, including a whopping 28 Grammy Awards. Her earnings in the girl group Destiny’s Child, plus her legendary solo career, add up to an estimated $450 million. Wherever she goes, the hype follows—but how much of it is warranted?
A few users suspect that she wouldn’t have been as highly lauded if not for the support of her husband, Jay-Z, an undeniably powerful industry executive. Others expressed that the public puts her on a pedestal despite stronger performers who deserve her status.
4. Jennifer Lopez
Multi-hyphenate Jennifer Lopez, also known as J.Lo, amassed a net worth of $400 million through her three-decade-long stretch in the entertainment industry.
Several users pointed out that she profits off of ghost singers (vocalists commissioned to record songs for other artists, who later market the “ghost” voice as their own), which is quite shady for someone who took home multiple trophies at big award ceremonies.
5. Justin Bieber
With his continuous mainstream acclaim, I wouldn’t doubt that Justin Bieber was the most famous person on the planet at one point. But is his commercial success solely due to organic talent?
Some noted his average musical skills and said that his talent simply doesn’t hold up when compared to newer acts. One commenter weighed in, “he knows whatever he does will sell, so he knows he doesn’t have to try that hard. The only thing his music has to do is chart, and he’s already got that on lockdown.”
6. Jason Derulo
It seems Jason Derulo’s vocal quality isn’t everyone’s cup of tea—one user associated him with his “annoying whining voice”. Another shared a similar sentiment saying, “he doesn’t sing, he screeches.” While these statements are subjective, a lot agreed that his success as a pop star is indeed questionable.
7. Billie Eilish
With Grammys for Record of the Year and Album of the Year under her belt, it’s safe to say that Billie Eilish has one of the most smashing debuts in history. But just how much of this was achieved independently?
In the discussion, some claimed that she owes her career to her brother Finneas, the “mastermind” behind her entire discography. According to them, Finneas’ contributions to her massively applauded releases far outweigh her own. For this reason, they argued how it was unfair that the recognition is attributed to her alone.
8. Harry Styles
According to an individual, “he acts like he is original, but in reality, he is just copying the greats like Bowie and Prince.” Another comment says, “he has a massive rock star attitude for a pop star who writes really basic lyrics and employs teams of people to make the music happen.”
Polarizing opinions aside, there’s no denying that the former One Direction singer has an undying fanbase rallying behind him.
9. Cardi B
You may know this controversial celebrity for her shenanigans and run-ins with the law. Headlines about her aren’t always bad press, though. In 2019, her iconic Grammy outfit made waves on the Internet. As a recording artist, however, the fact stands that she faces tons of criticism.
Somebody stated that her radio singles appeal only to certain demographics—in particular, “middle-aged girls and paper plate washers,” as they humorously worded it. Someone else chimed in, “calling her a musician is a bit of a stretch.”
10. Kanye West
Although he is one of the most influential names in the hip-hop genre, people in the thread could not comprehend his current level of fame. One person elaborated on this point by talking about how his fame was “blown out of proportion,” likely due to his personal issues being put on full blast.
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