Lady Gaga: In the late 2000s, Lady Gaga dominated the charts with her distinctive combination of dance-pop and glam rock. Her singles "Born This Way" and "Bad Romance" encouraged a generation of admirers to embrace their eccentricities.
Bruno Mars: His soulful pop songs like "Uptown Funk" and "24K Magic" made him famous in the 2010s. He earned several prizes for his retro-inspired sound and dynamic live performances.
Justin Bieber: In the late 2000s, Justin Bieber became a young pop star. In the 2010s, he matured as an artist. He became a global pop phenomenon with singles like "Sorry" and "Love Yourself," and his songs about love, heartache, and self-acceptance connected with fans of all ages.
Adele: Adele's beautiful, emotive songs swept the globe in the 2010s. "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" topped the charts and earned her three Grammys.
Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift's infectious, candid songwriting helped her crossover from country to pop in the 2010s. "Shake It Off" and "Look What You Made Me Do" won over a new generation of admirers and established her as a pop music powerhouse.
Ed Sheeran: Soulful, acoustic pop songs like "Shape of You" and "Thinking Out Loud" made Ed Sheeran one of the decade's most influential performers. His honest, relevant words and infectious melodies won him several honours and made him a global favourite.
Katy Perry: Katy Perry's infectious pop songs like "Roar" and "Firework" made her a 2010s superstar. Her lively performances and bright, varied aesthetic encouraged a generation of followers to be themselves and have fun.
The Weeknd: The Weeknd's melancholy, atmospheric R&B-influenced pop songs like "Can't Feel My Face" and "Starboy" made him a decade-defining musician. His sensuous, passionate voice and edgy approach won him many prizes and fans.
Drake: Drake's 2010s singles "Hotline Bling" and "One Dance" were contemplative, rap-infused pop. He dominated mainstream music with his soulful voice and insightful, contemplative lyrics.
Maroon 5: "Moves Like Jagger" and "Sugar" made Maroon 5 one of the biggest bands of the 2010s. They won several honours and became a global favourite with their lively live shows and radio-friendly style.