Most Influential Music Artists of the Decade: Radiohead, Britney Spears, Nickelback
Which other pop stars, rappers and rock 'n' rollers made the list?
When he can get out of his own obnoxious way, West is a prodigious talent, whether as a rapper, songwriter or producer. At his best, he's an alchemist, blending sounds in a new, ingenuous way that dazzle with brilliance. He has a seemingly limitless embrace of all pop idioms. No wonder virtually every artist wants to work with him--as long as he keeps his mouth shut.
Photo: Kanye West at the Grammy Awards in 2005