Top 10 Music Artists 2024

In alphabetical order

This category is for LGBT+ community’s favourite music artists and looked for musicians who are either LGBT+, or who have proven to be strong advocates of the LGBT+ community.

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ARLO PARKS

Born Anais Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, Arlo Parks, who is still only 23, has made a name for herself in the music industry over recent years. Growing up in South West London, with French, Nigerian and Chadian heritage, she immersed herself in writing short stories and creating fantasy worlds, which later evolved into a passion for spoken word poetry. Her debut album, Collapsed in Sunbeams, was released in 2021. It earned her nominations at the 2021 Brit Awards for Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Best British Female Solo Artist. She also bagged the 2021 Mercury Prize for Best Album. Her second album, 2023’s My Soft Machine, has been similarly acclaimed.

CAT BURNS

Cat Burns has been on a roll since becoming the top-selling British female artist of 2022 and dominating TikTok with her 2020 single Go. Her eagerly anticipated debut album is set to be released later this year. She’s bagged several accolades, including three Brit nominations, and received a nomination for the Rising Star Award at this year’s Ivor Novello Awards. Cat wowed audiences with her performance at the Brits and has made further appearances on Later… with Jools Holland, The Graham Norton Show, Sunday Brunch and The Voice Kids. She has also played to massive festival crowds at Glastonbury, Glasgow’s TRNSMT, the Governors Ball in NYC and Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

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JESS GLYNNE

Jess isn’t short of accolades. The singer-songwriter is recognised as one of Britain’s most successful female solo artists. The Londoner’s career began in the early 2010s when she featured on the chart-topping electronic dance tracks My Love with Route 94 and Rather Be with symphonic house act Clean Bandit. In 2018, Jess etched her name in history as the first British female solo artist to conquer the UK Singles Chart with seven number one singles. Her journey has been adorned with accolades, including a Grammy and a staggering nine Brit nominations. Her third LP, Jess, was released this year.

KIM PETRAS

Kim began her career as a teenager and quickly amassed a cult following. The German singing sensation achieved mainstream success in 2022 when her duet with Sam Smith, Unholy, topped the charts worldwide. The track reached number one in the UK ingles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100, making Kim the first trans woman to reach number one in the United States. In 2023, Kim made history once again as she became the first trans artist to receive a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, for Unholy, and the second trans woman to win a Grammy, following classical/ electronic composer Wendy Carlos.

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LADY GAGA

Singer, actress, fashion icon, trailblazer and 2022 British LGBT Awards winner… does Gaga need any introduction? Her first album, The Fame, saw hit Poker Face smashing records in nearly every genre and country. Since then, Gaga has received praise for her later albums, including a duet project with Tony Bennett. She secured a Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story and an Oscar nod for her performance in A Star Is Born. The bisexual star is a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and an influential activist. In 2012, she launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit org focusing on youth empowerment.

LUCY SPRAGGAN

Lucy’s journey on The X Factor in 2012 was groundbreaking. She etched her name in history as the first contestant to score a Top 40 single and album with her independently released album Top Room at the Zoo capturing the nation’s attention. Despite being forced to withdraw from the ITV show, Lucy, who is from Canterbury, Kent, quickly secured a record deal and has since released seven studio albums. The Last Night singer released her critically acclaimed memoir Process, which revealed the traumatic details behind her X Factor exit in 2023. She recently announced her engagement to partner Emilia Smith.

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MARC ALMOND

Marc has sold a staggering 38 million records globally and is considered an icon and inspiration. The Southport- born singer was half of synth-pop/ new wave duo Soft Cell, celebrated for his unique and soulful voice and androgynous image. They marked their 40th anniversary in 2018 with a special anthology release and a sell-out at The O2 in London. Marc has penned two best-selling autobiographies, Tainted Life and In Search of The Pleasure Palace, and three poetry collections: The Angel of Death in the Adonis Lounge, A Beautiful Twisted Night and The End of New York. He has an OBE for his contributions to arts and culture.

PALE WAVES

Pale Waves came to life when frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran, both of whom are queer, met at university in Manchester in 2014 (guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood complete the line-up). Pale Waves’s music has evolved over time, going from 80s indie rock and synth-pop to pop-punk. The band landed fifth place in the BBC’s Sound of 2018 poll and bagged the NME Under the Radar Award at the NME Awards. All three of their albums have clinched the top spot on the UK Independent Albums Chart, with sophomore album Who Am I soaring to number three on the UK Albums Chart.

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THE PET SHOP BOYS

The British synth-pop duo formed in London in 1981. Consisting of vocalist Neil Tennant and multi-instrumentalist Chris Lowe, they have sold more than 50 million records worldwide and were listed as the most successful duo in UK music history in the 1999 edition of The Guinness Book of Records. Neil and Chris are three-time Brit winners and six-time Grammy nominees. Since 1984, they have racked up no fewer than 42 appearances in the UK Top 40, with 22 Top 10 hits. At the 2009 Brits, PSB received the Outstanding Contribution to Music award. They made a triumphant headlining  appearance at Glasto in 2022 and released their 15th studio album, Nonetheless, in April.

REBECCA BLACK

Rebecca, aged only 13, shot to stardom in 2011 when her song Friday became the fastest-growing viral song and video of that year. It was viewed more than 150 million times worldwide. She won Choice Web Star at the Teen Choice Awards later that year by embracing her sudden fame with a positive attitude and a captivating persona. She also did a cameo in Katy Perry’s music video Last Friday Night. Rebecca, never one to shy away from discussing her experiences, has transformed into an influential advocate. Her work against bullying and for the LGBTQ+ community has seen her collaborate with esteemed organisations like AdCouncil, GLAAD and Best Buddies.

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SAM SMITH

Sam has been making waves since 2012. Since releasing critically acclaimed debut album In The Lonely Hour, Sam has won Brit and Grammy Awards and also picked up an Oscar and a Golden Globe for penning the theme to Bond film Spectre. They came out as genderqueer in 2017, becoming one of the first prominent figures in music to identify as non-binary publicly. Thanks to speaking candidly about gender, Sam has inspired fans and peers. Alongside Kim Petras, Sam won a Grammy for their duet Unholy. This made them the first openly non-binary musician to both release a song that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and win a Grammy.

WILLOW SMITH

Willow is no stranger to the limelight. The only daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, she began her career acting alongside her father in I Am Legend before releasing platinum single Whip My Hair. Add to her accolades a Young Artist Award, NAACP Image Award, BET Award and nominations for MTV Video Music Awards and two Daytime Emmys, it’s no surprise that she caught the attention of Jay-Z, who signed her to Roc Nation. In 2018, Smith teamed up with Jada and her grandmother, Adrienne, to co-host talk show Red Table Talk, earning herself two Daytime Emmy Award nominations.

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