December 26, 2016

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20 Artists We Saw in a New Light in 2016

#1Solange

As crappy as 2016 was overall, longtime Solange fans could at least throw their hands up in relief that our girl was finally get the notice she's deserved for the longest time. A Seat at the Table is a stunning R&B album, but so was her Sol-Angel & The Hadley St. Dreams record and True EP. But Seat took everything a step further by including important conversations about race—topics that weren't in her past releases—making her moment in the spotlight all the more profound. The record was her first No. 1 and wound up on tons of Best of 2016 lists (including ours), just a few additional cherries on top for a too-oft overlooked singer-songwriter who's always had something to say.—Jeff Benjamin

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