Staying Power Or Flavor Of The Month, Will These Stars Be Around 10 Years From Now?
Will the stars of today be the icons of tomorrow? Some of them will be, sure, but the majority of today’s biggest names … well, get ready to say your goodbyes. We took a cold, hard look at today’s reigning kings and queens of pop culture and sized up which ones could have a bright future ahead of them and which ones are racing the clock and coming up on that cherished fifteenth minute of fame. Do you agree with our predictions?
Homegirl definitely has some hotmess potential. While her career has been on fire, her love life and personal choices have left a lot to be desired. Though she started off as this fairly innocent R&B ingenue, it wasn’t long before her dancing with strippers, hard-partying ways began to make more headlines than her tracks. And her life will be in even more shambles if she really rekindles that destructive flame with Chris Breezy. But since Breezy appears to be somewhat out of the picture for now (at least for today, thanks Karrueche), we’re going to safely assume that there’s a good chance that RiRi will easy off the partying, concentrate on her music and continue to dominate the charts and trail blaze a particularly sexed-up, eccentric kind of career.
Think what you may about this chick, but California girl Katy Perry can crank out some catchy music when she puts her mind to it. I don’t think we’re reaching here to say that “Firework” or “Teenage Dream” ain’t exactly “Billie Jean,” but she has grabbed the music industry by the cojones over the last few years. But will she continue to be relevant five or 10 years down the line? We’re going to say probably not. There’s only so far that cone bras and vinyl dresses can take a girl these days.
As much as we all wanted to be convinced that Lady GaGa was this generation’s Madonna, a real musical and fashion trailblazer who would change the game for years to come, we’re not entirely sure that’s the case. While she dominated in 2008, 2009 and 2010, the cachet surrounding her offbeat style and strange behavior has definitely fizzled. She’s become a parody of herself and kind of annoying with her attempts at commenting on social and political issues. Easy chief, you prance around with no pants on and wear meat dresses; you’re not changing the world, here.
Are you a Belieber? Nope, no we’re certainly not. There is not a snowball’s chance in hell that this little boy will have a long, fruitful career. I’d say you probably have a better chance of Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj being each other’s bridesmaids than you do of this Canadian heartthrob having a lasting career. We’re sorry but his music is too forced and the bubble gum factor too high for this to be the start of a legit path. Ladies, you’re not looking at the next Justin Timberlake. You’re looking at his not-as-talented distant cousin.
And speaking of Ms. Nicki Minaj … what are her chances for a lasting, meaningful musical career that will transcend time and space? We’ll put those odds pretty low. Look it’s not because she’s got one of hip-hop’s most abrasive personalities or that her actual talent level is debatable, but it’s because she relies so heavily on kitschy gimmicks that it’s really difficult for us to take her — or her music — all that seriously. Look it’s definitely time that another female rapper step up as game changer, but don’t expect it to be this outspoken little lady. Time is ticking for Barbie.
Honey Boo Boo
This one probably goes without saying, but we still felt that this hotmess of the child variety deserved a spot among our celebs whose careers are destined to crash and burn. Sure she was the talk of the latter half of 2012, but there is no way, no possibility, not a chance that her family’s hillbilly hijinks will lead her to teenage or adult fame and fortune.
Kim Kardashian is probably one of our more interesting case studies. Had you asked us four years ago if Kimmy K. would still be around today, even more successful than a few years ago, we would have thought you had completely lost it. But here we are, about to bid farewell to 2012, and Miss Somewhat New Booty is still all over our television screens, gossip sites, magazines … anywhere you could possibly imagine. And now that she’s knockin’ boots with Yeezy (jockeying to be the next hip-hop supercouple, we’re sure) expect to see her around for quite a long time to come.
Child stars who go wild are almost always poised for a tremendous career meltdown, and Miley Cyrus certainly won’t be the exception to that rule. She has made headlines more for wild-partying, style transformations (what up blonde pixie cut) and adoration of all things stripper-related (poles, dancers and everything in between) than for her actual music, which is never a good sign.
Oh C-Breey. It’s not because we simply think you’re a horrible person. It’s not because you are a loose canon who can’t seem to control himself. And it’s certainly not because you’re lacking in talent. In fact, you were one of the brightest R&B stars to hit the scene in a long time. But unfortunately, unless Chris Brown changes up his approach to fame, fortune and being in the spotlight, there is no way his career is sustainable. He’s only a few more incidents away from really becoming a huge joke … and larger liability.
His two hits have been “Duffle Bag Boy” and “Birthday Song” in which he sings about big booty h*es. Yeah, this man is down to the wire in his 15 minutes of fame.
So while most of our stars are likely destined to no-name/has-been status in a few years, Adele is the one singers we’re confident will be making beautiful music (if she chooses) in the next five to 10 years. She is extremely talented, but more than that, she has this timeless, classy air to her that allows fans to enjoy her music without the added distractions of scandal or being overly sexed-up. She is, by a landslide, the artist we’re most confident that we’ll grow old (or at least older) with.
With a swagger like Michael Jackson and a voice to match, Bruno Mars has been one of the brightest, yet most underrated stars to pop up recently. And while maybe he hasn’t dominated the charts like we may have hoped, his talent and likeability are guaranteed to make him a force to be reckoned with over the coming years. If you’re not convinced, might we suggest you taking a look at his completely genius SNL appearance. This man has it all going on.
As much as we adore The Weeknd and are basking in the glory of his inventive sound and ultra-cool, baby-making music vibe, we’re not entirely sure that Abel Tesfaye has staying power. Why, you ask? Well, The Weeknd’s trademark sound could be his undoing. With so many songs that sound so similar, it won’t take very long for most music lovers to get at least a little tired of him. So while he’ll likely be making music from now until forever on the low, we don’t think he’ll have the same success five or 10 years down the line.
Compton’s Kendrick Lamar has dominated the interwebs for a hot minute and is now finally breaking into the mainstream with “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. But will he continue to be popular a decade from now? Ehh, we’re not so sure. His sudden rise to fame almost guarantees that the day will come when a backlash finally hits. So as much as we’d love for him to stick around a bit, we’d bet that he probably fades out before he turns the big 3-0.
We figured we’d end this gallery on a high note with the utterly awesome Frank Ocean. We are confident that Frank Ocean will continue to grace us with his musical presence for years to come not only because of his talent, but because he will forever be a hip-hop pioneer. After coming out in 2012, Ocean forever changed the landscape of hip-hop and as a result will always have a place in that industry.