Beyonce is a fixture on this list for breaking records and barriers with her incredible artistry. This year she made history as the female artist with the most ever Grammy wins.
In 2020, Beyonce changed the game (again) with the release of "Black Is King." In addition to earning stylist and costume designer Zerina Akers an Emmy and a spot on this year's The Root 100, Beyonce's larger-than-life love letter to Blackness and the Black diaspora continues to be a game-changer. In 2021, the visual album received six Grammy nominations and won twice for Best R&B Performance for "Black Parade" and Best Music Video for "Brown Skin Girl," which is also Blue Ivy's first Grammy win. That night, Bey would win twice more for appearing on the remix to fellow 2021 The Root 100 honoree Megan Thee Stallion's hot girl quarantine anthem, "Savage." With her Best Rap Song win, Beyonce's 28th award broke Alison Krauss's record for the female artist with the most wins in the history of the Grammys. After expanding IVY PARK, launching a new scholarship fund and confirming new music on the way, Beyonce shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Long live the Queen!