13. Janet Jackson
At age 52, Jackson continues to perform on the world stage. While her family garnered her plenty of fame, Jackson was able to branch out and form her own highly successful career. The ’80s saw her churn out a number of critically-acclaimed albums — including Rhythm Nation 1814 and Control. A vibrant and inventive artist, Jackson doesn’t nearly get the credit she should when it comes to building the genre of pop.
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