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2. Beyoncé, 'Lemonade'

If there was any doubt Beyoncé was the biggest superstar of the entire music industry, she proved it in 2016 with Lemonade. Released on April 23rd along with a 60-minute HBO "visual album," the 12 songs on the album were ubiquitous all year.  Every critic hailed it as a masterpiece, and every gossip rag was obsessing over the lyrics. Was it a confessional album about her troubled marriage? Who is "Becky with the good hair?" In a wise move, Beyoncé avoided all press and didn't answer any of those questions. She opted to simply play sold-out stadiums all over America, show up at nearly every music awards show to play live and keep everyone guessing.