Music is a big part of many people’s lives, but not all artists are created equal. Some musicians have become so controversial that they have been compared to Hitler and even banned from certain countries. In this article, we explore four of the most controversial musicians of today: Kanye West, Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and Marilyn Manson.
Kanye West is a rapper and a fashion designer who has gained a lot of attention for his controversial lyrics. He has spoken out on a number of political issues, including the death of Michael Brown, the police shooting in New York City, and his own experience with racism. He is also known for marrying Kim Kardashian.
Kanye West’s album Yeezus was released in 2013 and was ranked number five on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 list. The album includes hits such as “Blood on the Leaves” and “Guilt Trip.”
You may have heard of Iggy Azalea, the Australian rapper and songwriter who has been accused of various offenses against black culture. For example, she’s been accused of cultural appropriation: using elements from other cultures to make her music but not truly understanding or respecting it. She’s also been accused of exploiting black culture in order to sell records and get rich, when she’s white and grew up in a much more privileged environment than many African Americans who were born into poverty or underprivileged circumstances.
On top of that, she’s been accused of racism—that is, being prejudiced against people based on their race—and even being a white supremacist!
Miley Cyrus is an American singer, actress, and songwriter. She was born in Franklin, Tennessee in 1992. She performed at the age of 12 on the children’s talent show “Hannah Montana”. In 2006 she released her first album titled “Meet Miley Cyrus” which reached number six on Billboard 200 and certified gold status. Her second album “Breakout” was released at the end of 2008 and topped charts around the world with more than 7 million copies sold globally. The third studio album “Can’t Be Tamed” was released in 2010 reaching number one place on US Billboard 200 while its lead single “Who Owns My Heart? also topped US Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks. In 2013 Miley Cyrus collaborated with Snoop Dogg for a song titled “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks”. Later that year she released her fourth studio album Bangerz which debuted at number 1 spot on Billboard 200 chart becoming her third consecutive number one album as well as best-selling debut week by a female artist since Shania Twain’s 2002 record Up!
The shock-rocker has been a controversial figure since he first burst onto the scene in the ’90s. In 1994, his album Portrait of an American Family was deemed too explicit for its original packaging (a family portrait) and it was retooled with a black cover featuring Manson in drag. He has also been outspoken about his pro-choice activism, ecological concerns and human rights issues.