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The most defining music moments of 2016 were... - Metro US

The most defining music moments of 2016 were…

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07: Entertainer Beyonce performs on stage during closing night of "The Formation World Tour" at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Larry Busacca/PW/WireImage)
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Is there anyone who exemplifies a force of nature quite like Beyonce? (No, the answeris no.) This album spawned a million think pieces (on race, on women, on music, on marriage, on film, on pop culture, on the inexplicable streaming nonsense that is Tidal), bent genre/award show norms and probably really ruined Rachel Roy’s year. “Lemonade,”from an album standpoint, is Beyonce’s most musically advanced and personal album to date, but the thematic masterpiece also, more importantly, challenged industry standards for how music is promoted and presented.

Mr. Nice Guy wins the top 40

Let’s hear it for the nice guys. Walking the road paved by boy band One Direction,Drake, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Troye Sivan and Charlie Puth dominated the 2016 pop charts, cooing their “we’re not worthy”-ness to legions of female fans. Leaving us to believe that Generation Selfie isn’t so self-centered after all.

No one want to play for Trump (SAD!)

While on the campaign trail, Trump made the broad assumption that naturally anymusician would be honored to have their song played at one of his rallies. WRONG! The Rolling Stones, Adele, Steven Tyler, Queen, Pavarotti and others asked Trump to kindly (or not so kindly) stop using their music for the duration of his campaign.

Sorrow and silver linings

This year the industry sadly lost several musical titans — Bowie! Cohen! Prince!— leaving us with no shortage of tributes, covers and memorandums. While nothing can quite makeup for the creative void, we gained a year of reliving happy memories and old classics. Among some of the best tributes: Sinéad O’Connor’s “Life on Mars,” BruceSpringsteen’s “Purple Rain” and Kate McKinnon as Hilary Clinton’s “Hallelujah.”

The life and fall of Pablo

Kanye West never had to prove to us that he was a top-notch entertainer. There wasevidence of his greatness as far back as his record catalog goes. However, “Pablo,” his seventh, was more than an album— it was his opus. There was the fashion show, the tour, the flying stage, the “Famous” video — followed the tour cancellation, the outrage,the hospitalization, the visit to Trump Tower. The rise and fall of West was as mesmerizing as any visual album. Terribly disappointing it had to end the way it did.

No thanks, North Carolina (and Mississippi, too)

The HB2 “Bathroom” Bill that restricted transgender people to use facilities thatmatched their birth certificates had a trickle down effect to touring artists who opted out of tour dates in the effective states. Bruce Springsteen, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, Boston and Ringo Starr were among the acts that took a standagainst the discriminatory act, cancelling tour dates and staging verbal protests. A good reminder that an artist’s voice isn’t just used to sing with.

Your required listening for 2016

BROCCOLI — D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty

Black Beatles — Rae Sremmurd ft Gucci Mane

Intern — Angel Olsen

Daddy Lessons — Beyonce

Famous — Kanye West

We Don’t Talk Anymore — Charlie Puth ft Selena Gomez

Love on the Brain — Rihanna

Fake Love — Drake

Redbone — Childish Gambino

No Problem — Chance the Rapper ft 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne

Million Reasons — Lady Gaga

Three Packs a Day — Courtney Barnett

80s Mercedes — Maren Morris

Your Best American Girl — Mitski

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