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Billboard Announces 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players’ List

released its 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players list last night.

The annual listing honors “the top 100 executives and creatives who have made R&B and hip-hop the hottest genres on earth,” and includes many notables including Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, Beyoncé Knowles, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Dr. Dre, and many more.

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Pierre “Pee” Thomas and Kevin “Coach K” Lee were named Billboard’s ‘Executives of the Year’, overseeing Quality Control Music, home of trendsetters Migos, Lil Yachty, and Cardi B under a management deal, among others.

 

The list honors a host of other artists, managers, and representatives, also including Chance the Rapper for his extensive charity efforts; for becoming the first non-classical or jazz musician to receive the Pulitzer Prize, which he received for Damn; and Rihanna’s entrepreneurship for her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line.

The list was chosen by a committee of Billboard editors and reporters weighing a variety of factors including career trajectory, overall industry impact, nominations by industry peers, and others. See the entire list here

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