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10 Musicians You Need to Follow on Twitter

In honor of Twitter’s 10-year anniversary, here are 10 music makers who own the medium

Kanye West; Best Artist to follow on Twitter

Kanye West may think he's king of Twitter. But he's not the only one.

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It was 10 years ago that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the social media platform's first message: "just setting up my twttr." Since then, presidents have joined the conversation, political and social revolutions have been fueled by it and many a celebrity has launched a new campaign. Despite its ups and downs, Twitter has certainly transformed the cultural landscape.

Whether you have no love for its "like" button, are a master of mean tweets or just enjoy sitting on the sidelines as the world feuds in 140 characters or less, there's no question that many musicians have owned the medium since the beginning. Here's our list of 10 essential Twitter handles to follow so you're part of the conversation.  

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Katy Perry performs on the last day of Rock in Rio Music Festival - Rio de Janeiro, on September 27, 2015, Brazil. AFP PHOTO / TASSO MARCELO (Photo credit should read TASSO MARCELO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Katy Perry

Over the past seven years, Katy Perry has cultivated Twitter's most-followed account with funny, heartfelt, endearing missives. She offers glimpses into her own life (this tragic tweet speaks for itself), engages with other pop stars (wishing Miley Cyrus good luck at the VMAs) and pokes fun at herself (such as the GIF of Left Shark dancing with a twerking shrimp). It's like your friends' Twitter accounts, if they'd sung "Roar."

10 best artist; twitter; birthday

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 03: DJ/Producer Deadmau5 aka Joel Zimmerman performs during the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 3, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)

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Deadmau5

Producer, DJ and perpetual shitstorm-starter Joel "Deadmau5" Zimmerman revels in his online persona – a caustic mix of Howard Beale, Noel Gallagher and Holden Caulfield – and is quick to take aim at who he deems "phonies." In the past three months alone, he has provoked online feuds with Skrillex, Kanye West and Justin Bieber, among others. His line between anger and hyperbole is debatable, but it's always entertaining.

Kanye West; 10 best twitter artist

(EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Recording artist Kanye West performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

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Kanye West

A one-man publicity house, Kanye's Twitter is the CNN of the mad-genius entertainment-industrial complex. Practically every time he opens his Twitter account, it becomes news: announcing new music; showcasing new fashion; exacting a point-by-point ethering of other rappers; providing the pivot point for the death of the compact disc; or just letting his complex, contradictory emotions fly. Catch it here so you don't have to read every website's aggregation of it.

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LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 31: Singer Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs on the opening night of "Appetite for Democracy," the band's 12-show residency, at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on October 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

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Axl Rose

The Guns N' Roses frontman tweets rarely, but when he does, it's often hilarious and poignant. Whether refusing to confirm GN'R reunion rumors ("The only thing I know 'confirmed' is my LOVE of Taco Bell") or awarding a "Global 'Civilian Douche of the Year' Award" to the Iranian journalist who forbade his soccer-playing wife from participating in the Asian Cup, Axl keeps true to the spirit of his music, cutting to the quick. He posts cat photos, too.

10 best artist; twitter; birthday

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Killer Mike of Run the Jewels performs on stage at Music Midtown in Piedmont Park on September 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/WireImage)

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Killer Mike

The outspoken Run the Jewels rapper is as likely to murk a Twitter hater as he is to launch into an impassioned endorsement about Bernie Sanders. Whenever news happens, Killer Mike provides more lucid opinions than your favorite thinkpiece writer — and posts pics of his toy car collection!

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - MAY 13: David Crosby performs with Crosby, Stills and Nash at State Theatre on May 13, 2015 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

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David Crosby

Who needs Reddit AMA's when David Crosby will answer any question succinctly at any hour of the day? The erstwhile Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and CSNY singer routinely fields questions – mostly about music, but sometimes about the most random subjects imaginable – with curt, plain and often funny responses.

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Patrick Carney

The opinionated, oft-ridiculous Black Keys drummer's biggest claim to Twitter fame is probably his epic war with True Beliebers, but focusing on that is like saying the Keys' best song is "Lonely Boy." Instead, we prefer the deep cuts: the weird asides about Star Wars, the occasional grilling tips, the deep thoughts about publicity shots. It's the work of a wonderfully weird genius – not bad for a self-professed "Celebrity Dentist [and] Sandwich Advocate."

10 best artist; twitter; birthday

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 22: (Exclusive Coverage) Cher performs onstage during her "Dressed To Kill" tour opener at US Airways Center on March 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

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Cher

If the "T" in EGOT stood for "Twitter," Cher would finally achieve the final step in joining the elite club. The diva is an unfiltered master of the social media form, generously peppering her 140-character limit with artfully used emojis, caps lock and searing rants against the political far right. Cher is proof that even icons can break down barriers between stars and fans, responding frequently to her "chickadees" and engaging with movements like #BlackLivesMatter with a willingness to learn.

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Vince Staples

Long Beach-native Vince Staples is not only one of rap's brightest stars, he is also one of its most natural comedians. On Twitter, the 22-year-old lets his real self shine, tweeting as if he's texting his followers his random thoughts, stream-of-consciousness style. Between pop culture references and a straightforward approach to race and race relations, some of Staples' funniest moments come from his deep love for Sprite, a brand he not only enjoys but is also the face of and has represented with a gung-ho fervor.

10 best artist; twitter; birthday; Nicki Minaj

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs onstage during TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for TIDAL)

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Nicki Minaj

For as big a mogul she's become, Nicki Minaj is one of the most interactive stars on Twitter. She engages with fans and keeps herself as aware as possible of new Barbz-created memes about the hip-hop titan — and typically with the weary-faced or cry-laughing emojis. Though she's been known to get caught in a few Twitter feud webs, Minaj is quick to offer glamorous glimpses into her life as a jetsetting celebrity and is always willing to spare a joke.