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The 25 Best Quotes of 2016, As Told to Fuse

The craziest, funniest, sharpest and most poignant things we heard this year, featuring Fifth Harmony, Korn, Meghan Trainor, Sevyn Streeter, the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, Thrice and more

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Alison Wonderland

In June: "I get asked a lot, 'How do you feel being a female DJ in a male-dominated industry?' and I always answer, 'The fact that you called me a female DJ answers your question.’"

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Brendon Urie

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Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

To Jeff Benjamin in January, when asked about pushback for mentioning cocaine in a Panic! At the Disco song: "I'll never compromise an idea artistically because someone else says it's not okay. Good art should make you nervous. It should put you on edge. It should be like, 'Oh shit, I don't know how I feel about this.' It should make you question things. It should set you right and make you put your priorities in place because that's really what's going to push everything forward. That's what progress is, in my opinion."

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Jatnna Nuñez for Fuse

To Jeff Benjamin in August, when asked about trying to make it in the American mainstream: "I know there hasn't been an Asian singer yet, but there's a first for everything. I take it as encouragement.”

Listen to the conversation at the 40:55 mark in this episode of the K-Stop podcast:

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PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 02:  Redman opens for De la Soul at Zenith de Paris on December 2, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by
David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns

To the Back of the Class podcast in May, eating peanuts, asked about his lyrical content with 1000volts: "You know, if you eat too many peanuts, it can fuck your stomach up, yo. I fuckin' was...I was flyin' back from overseas, man, and I ate too many peanuts, man—I could not fuckin' use the bathroom, man. It felt like a fuckin' tugboat was tryin' to come out my ass 'cause I had so much peanut cluster in my stomach with no vegetables."

Hear BOTC's Redman and Jayceeoh interview at the 19:20 mark below:

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Sevyn Streeter

Asked in December about agreeing to to perform the national anthem after getting denied: "It's unfortunate, me not being able to sing the anthem at a 76ers game because I was wearing a shirt that said 'We Matter.' But guess what: now there's going to be even more awareness.”

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Meghan Trainor

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To Bianca Gracie in April: "I’d love to be an actress one day, but there’s just no time. I want to do a little bit of both comedy and drama. Comedy would be easy and fun, but I can cry on the spot! I discovered that in a photo shoot the other day. They also put mascara on my face that burned my eyes, so that might have helped."

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Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 12:  Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind performs during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12,
Josh Brasted/WireImage

To Jason Lipshutz in July, asked about Donald Trump and the RNC: “I keep thinking I’m going to wake up from this. Their party has been shanghaied by a grifter, and their platform has been written by cavemen. They can’t even get behind their own platform! It’s mind-blowing.”

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Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso

Judith Stephens/Courtesy of Marvel

To Zach Dionne in July, asked about comics' role in the political landscape: "It's a unique metaphor comics can provide. There's two ways you take on issues: straight-on or through metaphor. The X-Men, as an example, were embraced by so many people for so many decades because they provided a very safe way to talk about issues of race, issues of bullying, of homophobia, issues of otherness. I think people who wouldn't have been inclined to want to talk about race may not have understood that they were reading about race."

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Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei

CARSON, CA - MAY 14:  Singer Normani Hamilton of Fifth Harmony performs on stage at KIIS FM's Wango Tango 2016 at StubHub Cen
Mike Windle/Getty Images

To Jason Lipshutz in May: “We’re sharing some of the best moments of our lives together."

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Om’mas Keith

Grammy-Award winning producer Om'Mas Keith poses for a portrait in promotion of "Across the Board" in Manhattan, NY, USA on 6
Drew Gurian/Red Bull Content Pool

To Bianca Gracie in June, asked about impatient Frank Ocean fans: "We’re all under enough pressure as creative people anyway, and fans who claim they have such love—well, the true love is in the demonstration of patience. Let the bro live, man. He’s clearly making the most impactful music of our time, you can’t rush that shit."

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Korn's Brian "Head" Welch

To the Back of the Class podcast in May, asked if he agrees the 1998 Limp Bizkit rap battle "All in the Family" has aged badly: "It's...it's pretty lame, that song. It hasn't aged well. You're right."

Watch Head talk about his struggles with addiction above, and hear him talk about nu-metal's hip-hop legacy (and "All in the Family") on BOTC at the 9:15 mark below:

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Every Time I Die singer Keith Buckley

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die performs during Riot Fest Chicago 2015 at Douglas Park on Sept
Daniel Boczarski/Redferns

To Zach Dionne in September, asked if he thinks his baby daughter will be uninterested in his music: "It's strange because our music was specifically a rebellion to our parents' music, so to try to rebel against the music that was founded from rebellion is gonna be a strange paradox. Because she's gonna think everything I do sucks, for sure. Like most people on the internet."

Hear an excerpt of the Keith Buckley interview at the 22:45 mark in this episode of the Back of the Class podcast:

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Aaliyah producer Rapture Stewart

Blackground Records

To Bianca Gracie in July: "Say how Beyoncé is very innovative in her thinking now, to me that was Aaliyah. It’s absolutely no shade to her because we’ve worked with Destiny’s Child on Romeo Must Die [the soundtrack] and 'Survivor.' But her lane opened up so wide because there was a void left from Aaliyah. When we were in the studio with Beyoncé, she would praise her and the stuff we did with her. I wouldn’t say she looked up to her or anything like that, but she was definitely paying attention to Aaliyah’s growth."

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Nicole Wray

Courtesy of the Artist

To Bianca Gracie in November, when asked if she had concerns about making an R&B album that doesn't lean on modern trap sounds: "Not at all. Going into this situation—trust me—you get some whiskey, some Patrón and some funky-ass white boys who know their fucking music. So I knew I was good."

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Marina and The Diamonds

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To Bianca Gracie in June: "For someone who is not part of the community but a supporter of it, I feel like something that would be amazing to see in the next, let’s say, five years is to stop the labeling. So instead of saying, 'I have this queer friend,' or, 'My gay friend blah blah,' like [it should] just be 'my friend.'"

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Dua Lipa

Jatnna Nuñez for Fuse

To Bianca Gracie in December: "I guess it’s just my feminist beliefs where I try to put it out there that we need to show who’s boss. We’ve been dominated by men for so long and it’s time for us to take over.”

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Jai Wolf

Dash Grey

To Emilee Lindner in November, speaking about his family in Bangladesh following Trump's election: "They’re very scared now. Like I got a message from my cousin the other day, like, ‘Hey Sajeeb, like, as a student, if I wanted to come to America, will I have any issues? Any trouble under Trump’s presidency?’ He felt very concerned because he really wants to come to America, you know? He’s a smart kid and he deserves the opportunity to be able to come here and study and work really hard like any immigrant. It’s sad to think that there would be this barrier where just because he comes from a Muslim majority country, he might be vetted very hard and might not have the ability to come here."

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Allan Kingdom

Jonathan Mannion

To Zach Dionne in January: "If I can just play my role and help a kid out or help some people out that might need some uplifting, or maybe didn't come from a background where somebody could tell them they could accomplish something, then I've done my role."

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Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 02: Singer Dustin Kensrue of Thrice performs at Golden Gate Park on October 2, 2015 in San Franci
Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

To Zach Dionne in April: "I'm a fan of the Emerson quote in the essay on self-reliance. He says, 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.' He's saying, I'm gonna say whatever I think today in loud words even if tomorrow I have to say the exact opposite. If I just sit there and decide, 'This is what I know, and I'm gonna know this for the rest of my life,' you're not learning, you're not growing. And I would definitely say that I'm terrified Trump has even a shot at getting in office. It's insane."

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Frankie Cosmos

Jatnna Nuñez for Fuse

To Emilee Lindner in August, speaking about a fan: “After the show, we talked for an hour. I literally felt like I was talking to myself. I think it was just like, I needed to go through this thing of saying something to myself as a teenager, and so I was using her for that. ... I had written this one song that had reminded her of her relationship, and [she thought] it was such a good love song. I was like, ‘That’s not a love song. That’s really bad. Your relationship is bad.’ But now she’s my pen pal.”

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Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany

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To Jeff Benjamin in June, asked about showing a more human side of herself via solo music: “When you're getting older, heading over into your late twenties, it's not about being perfect. It's about being okay with not being okay, and I think that's a cool message to send to my fans or a new group of fans, that I'm human and I'm fine. I get to express that through music.”

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Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Mikael Akerfeldt, Martin Axe Axenrot of Opeth perform onstage at Catton Park on Augus
Mick Hutson/Redferns

To Zach Dionne in September, asked if he'll feel out of place headlining Radio City Music Hall: "I always feel out of place. But that's a paradox, because those posh, nice venues, they usually have shit dressing rooms. Like, tiny fucking shit dressing rooms you can barely get in with the whole band. And once you step out onstage it's all beautiful, but backstage it's usually quite miserable."

Hear an excerpt of the Mikael Åkerfeldt interview at the 22:45 mark in this episode of the Back of the Class podcast:

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Jatnna Nuñez for Fuse

To Jason Lipshutz in May: “I never did music except for my lessons, and I was shit at my lessons. I was the shit-est person in the orchestra. And then yeah, suddenly, my parents were like, ‘Why are we getting messages from labels?’ And I was like, ‘Fuck me, I don’t know! I just made four songs on GarageBand and put them on the internet.’"

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Baby Bash

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 28:  Rapper Baby Bash performs at Universal CityWalk's Free Summer "Music Spotlight Series" at 5
Jennifer Lourie/FilmMagic

To Bianca Gracie in October: "The people with the suits and the people who make the calls at these major labels, I think they think 'Mexican' is a bad word. They pile us up in one bowl. We’re not reggaeton and we’re not Tejano, we like hip-hop."

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EELS frontman Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 14: Mark Oliver Everett from Eels performs on stage at Circo Price on July 14, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (
Juan Naharro Gimenez/Redferns via Getty Images

To Zach Dionne in March, after being thanked for getting on the phone to talk about the "kinda minor occasion" of his cameo on Love: "Minor occasion?! I heard the director murmuring after one of my takes, 'This guy's the Daniel Day-Lewis of indie rock. Thank god we got him.' That's what they're calling me, I'm so intense and Method."

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