George Strait is also known as the “King of Country” and is widely considered one of the most influential recording artists of all time, and is credited for returning country music back to its roots, driving away from the pop country era of the 1980s. His musical style includes a combination of country, bluegrass, western swing, and honky tonk.
Strait has sold over 100 million records worldwide making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His certifications include 33 platinum, 13 multi-platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6 times platinum). Strait was named as the Country Music Association (CMA) entertainer of the year in 1989 and 1990. He’s also has been nominated for more CMA and Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards and has received more wins than any other artist. In 2009 he broke Conway Twitty’s record for the most number one hits.
A child of the 70’s, Beck took a liking to hip-hop and folk and started to perform at coffeehouses and clubs around L.A. In the 1980’s, he moved to NYC and became involved in the anti-folk movement. After moving back to L.A. in the 90’s, he debuted his breakthrough single "Loser," which became a global hit. Soon after that, he released his first major album, Mellow Gold.
With a variety of musical styles under his belt, unique and ironic lyrics, drum machines, live instruments and wild effects, Beck has been named among the most creative musicians of the 90’s and 2000’s. Two of Beck's recordings were ranked on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. He is also a four time platinum artist and many of his songs have been used as soundtracks.
John Mayer enrolled in Berkeley College of Music in Boston, but dropped out and moved to Atlanta with his pal, Clay Cook. Mayer and Cook formed a band called Lo-Fi Masters. They soon split, but Mayer continued to play at clubs and gain a loyal band of followers. After a performance at South by Southwest, he got signed to Columbia Records, which released his first EP. Two of his following albums -Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003), gained multi-platinum status. In 2003, John won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards, for the single "Your Body Is a Wonderland".
Mayer doesn’t stop there. He dabbles in television hosting, comedy, and writing; he has written for magazines such as Esquire. He supports various causes and has performed at many benefits.
Selena Gomez is an actress, singer, and songwriter from Grand Praire, Texas. She started her career in 2002 as a child actor on the Disney Channel, with one of her earliest roles being on Barney and Friends.
After her time on with Disney, she went to pursue a singing and songwriting career and has writing credits on over 40 songs. As of today, she enjoys a hefty estimated net worth of $75 million.
Grande's impressive music career started in 2011, with the soundtrack from her hit Disney show, Victorious. Grande has gone on to earn three number-one albums on the US Billboard 200. Her album, Dangerous Woman, hit #2 in 2016. She has also gotten six Top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She became the first artist in history to have top ten singles from all 4 of her albums. She also had the most Top 10 singles out of any artist in the same year!
People have compared her enormous range to Mariah Carey. Her accomplishments include three American Music Awards, three MTV Europe Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards and six Grammy Award nominations!