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9 Artists You've Finally Come Around To

Although it might've taken you a while to get into them, these musicians have totally come into their own

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People can surprise you. And the artists we're about to detail for you are the type that have the ability to shape-shift and shock you. One minute you're making fun of them (which is cruel, but I get it), and then the next minute, they're totally gaining your respect. 

Click through to see the musicians you didn't think you'd ever like, but are growing on you.

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Justin Bieber

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted liv
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Remember when Justin Bieber would get made fun of for his floppy haircut all the time? And then remember when he cut it (please watch this video if you haven't) and then he got made fun of for all the terrible things he did?

Well, after Bieber atoned for all his graffiti and public urination, he put out Purpose, a dance/Christian-influenced album with some big producers (shout-out to Skrillex and Diplo), who helped him get back on track. Not only were the songs devoid of the word "swag," but he was way more honest and open on them, showing us what we've been waiting for all along.

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T-Pain was the guy to go to if you wanted an AutoTuned club banger. And there was nothing wrong with that. But before long, T-Pain, born Faheem Rashad Najm, was only was known for his robot-like voice and his cyclical subject matter.

Even though we already knew he had the songwriting talent, it wasn't until he stripped down the production and sang at NPR that we heard his raw vocal talent, and we were blown away.

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Ariana Grande

CARSON, CA - MAY 14: Singer Ariana Grande performs on stage at KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2016 at StubHub Center on May 14, 2016 i
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Child stars from Disney or Nickelodeon often get the side-eye from people who haven't grown up with them, so when Ariana Grande burst her way into the music game, it took a bit for her to become the pop star that she is.

Now, by reaching a different audience by hosting SNL and including a more mature sound on Dangerous Woman, Grande is expressing sides of herself that were there all along, but never quite shone through.

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Nick Jonas

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: Nick Jonas attends a basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples
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Nick Jonas came up with the Jonas Brothers. So, yeah, a boy band. And for some reason people love to hate boy bands. Although quite fucked up and dismissive of young fangirls (which is a whole 'nother conversation we need to have), it could've been easy to scoff at Jonas in the early 2000s.

Now, Jonas is working to release his second solo album, Last Year Was Complicated, and he's dropped the purity ring, the floppy hair and has an entirely new, cut look. His songs pull influence from funk and R&B, showing people that his tastes and talents can reach farther than a one-track pop career.

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The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers might've annoyed you with their "#SELFIE" song, which went viral, but they've somehow managed to rise above the ghost of "#SELFIE" past with new material that makes you want to vibe out, rather than put in earplugs.

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Meghan Trainor

INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Singer Meghan Trainor attends Nickelodeon's 2016 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 12, 2016
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Meghan Trainor could've easily had a one-hit wonder with "All About That Bass," which infiltrated pop radio. But just as you heard that song a BAJILLION times on the radio and wanted to throw it out the window, Trainor came back with another hit song. And then another. And then another.

And with an eye-opening interview on CBS' Sunday Morning, everyone started to relate to Meghan Trainor and they couldn't wait to hear what she came up with next.

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Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus also came up in the Disney camp, and after she released "We Can't Stop" and grinded on Robin Thicke in the 2013 VMAs, no one could stop talking about how she was shedding her Hannah Montana persona with vigor (they still can't stop talking about it).

But after that died down, some started realizing that Miley was more than a spectacle onstage: she's an animal rights' activist and she stands up for LGBT and homeless youth. Not only that, but she ditched the hip-hop heavy jams of 2013 and went a hippie route, releasing her album for free in August '15. People love free albums.

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Justin Timberlake

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Cent
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Justin Timberlake may have been slightly corny in NSYNC, but as soon as he buzzed his head and got together with Timbaland, he's been making more relatable music ever since.

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Nicki Minaj

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Recording artist Nicki Minaj speaks onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft
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Nicki Minaj was all pink and wigs when she emerged on the mainstream scene with pop songs about starships. Sure, she killed her verse on Kanye West's "Monster," but it wasn't until she stripped back a bit, and spilled her guts on The Pinkprint that we found out who Minaj really was.

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