Best musicians of the 2000s

Powered by social media and streaming, the 2000s saw the rise of a new generation of musicians. Click through for more scenes from the decade in music, starting with Justin Timberlake, who made a name for himself as part of boy band NSYNC before venturing out on his own. “Justified,” his debut solo album, was released in 2002.

Britney Spears was the “Princess of Pop” in the 2000s. She released an impressive five albums in the decade including “Oops!… I Did It Again” (2000), “Britney” (2001), “In the Zone” (2003), “Blackout” (2007) and “Circus” (2008). 

Destiny's Child's third album, “Survivor” (2001) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's albums chart and gave us enduring hits such as “Independent Women Part I,” “Survivor,” and “Bootylicious.” The group would release two more albums, “8 Days of Christmas” and “Destiny Fulfilled,” before they announced they would disband so members could pursue independent careers in 2005.

Missy Elliott, “Miss E… So Addictive” (May 15, 2001): Elliott tells listeners to the title track on her third album, “Miss E… So Addictive,” to get ready for “some (expletive) that you never heard before.” And she delivers. Hits include “Get Ur Freak On.”

Alicia Keys landed her first record deal when she was just 15. Her debut album, “Songs In A Minor,” hit music stores in 2001. The album earned her five Grammys including song of the year for “Fallin'”and best new artist.

Taylor Swift inked her first record deal when she was just 15. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2006 and was an instant hit. “Fearless” followed in 2008.

Jay-Z stayed busy in the 2000s, dropping seven albums during the decade. And, oh yeah, he married fellow musician Beyoncé Knowles in 2008. With 22 awards, he's one of the top Grammy winners in history. 

Carrie Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol in 2005 and released her debut album, “Some Hearts”, the same year. She's since dominated the country music charts and won a slew of awards, including seven Grammys. 

Norah Jones made her solo debut in 2002 with “Come Away with Me”, for which she won five Grammys including album of the year, best new artist and record of the year. Jones is the daughter of Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso credited with bringing Indian classical music to ears around the world.

Dierks Bentley signed with the Capitol Nashville label in 2003 and released his self-titled debut album that same year.

Gwen Stefani rose to fame as part of No Doubt, but kicked off a solo career in 2004 when the band was on hiatus. Her debut album was “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.”

Controversial rapper Eminem released five albums between 2000 and 2010. He opened the decade with hit singles “The Real Slim Shady” and “The Way I Am”. His 2002 album, “The Eminem Show” was the best-selling album of the year worldwide, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Colombia-born singer Shakira made her recording debut when she was just 13. Her fifth album, 2001's “Laundry Service,” was her first bilingual (Spanish and English) album. It debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Kanye West exploded onto the music scene in 2004 after releasing his debut album, “The College Dropout.” Other albums he released in the 2000s include “Late Registration,” “Graduation” and “808s & Heartbreak.” 

Hip-hop duo Outkast, featuring Big Boi and Andre 3000, hit the music scene in the mid 1990s and continued to see a great deal of success in the following decade. They dropped double album “Speakerboxxx”/”The Love Below” featuring “Hey Ya!” in 2003.

Avril Lavigne was still a teenager when “Let Go,” her debut album, was released in 2002. The album included her breakout hit, “Complicated.”

Members of English rock band Radiohead are Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway. They released four albums in the 2000s: “Kid A,” “Amnesiac,” “Hail to the Thief” and “In Rainbows.”

Matchbox Twenty released a pair of albums in the early 2000s (“Mad Season” and “More Than You Think You Are”) before taking a brief hiatus following the departure of guitarist Adam Gaynor. They reunited in 2007 with Paul Doucette on rhythm guitar.

Kelly Clarkson is another “American Idol” champion, having won the show’s first season in 2002. Clarkson won a pair of Grammys in 2005 for her second album, “Breakaway”.

Sheryl Crow teamed up with Kid Rock for “Picture” in 2002. That's the same year one of her biggest hits, “Soak Up the Sun,” became a mainstay on radio stations nationwide.

Alecia Beth Moore, better known as Pink, dropped her debut album, “Can't Take Me Home,” in 2000. It was certified double platinum in the US. “Missundaztood” followed in 2001.

John Mayer landed a record deal after performing at South by Southwest in 2001. He won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Your Body Is a Wonderland” in 2002.

Rockers Linkin Park dropped their debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” in 2000. It was followed by “Meteora” in 2003. Members include Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Rob Bourdon. Frontman Chester Bennington died in 2017.

Usher released a trio of albums in the 2000s: “8701,” “Confessions” and “Here I Stand.” “Confessions” featured an eye-popping four Billboard Hot 100 hits.

Originally known as Kara's Flowers, Maroon 5 hit the music scene in 2002 with debut album “Songs About Jane,” which included hit single “Harder to Breathe.” Adam Levine serves as lead vocalist for the group.

Rapper Curtis James Jackson III, better known as 50 Cent, released four albums in the 2000s, including his 2003 debut “Get Rich or Die Tryin'”. He's been nominated for 14 Grammys and won best rap performance by a duo or group in 2009 for “Crack A Bottle”.

Lady Gaga hit it big at the tail end of the 2000s. Her debut album, “The Fame,” was released in 2008, featuring hits that included “Just Dance,” “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi.”

British rock band Coldplay hit it big in 2000 with single “Yellow.” Debut album “Parachutes” was released the same year, followed by three more albums in the 2000s.

Sure, Green Day rose to fame in '90s with hits like “Basket Case” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” but they made a big splash with 2004's “American Idiot,” a rock opera that sold 6 million copies.

English singer Amy Winehouse battled addiction and died of alcohol poisoning in 2011. She was 27. One of her best-known hits, “Rehab,” chronicled her struggles.

Miranda Lambert released a self-titled debut album in 2001. Two years later, she placed third on singing competition “Nashville Star.”

“How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” the 11th studio album from U2, took home five Grammys in 2005.

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