There’s no need to introduce the reigning queen of pop. Madona’s music is hardly influential in the 21st century but her persona still makes an impact. Say what you will about Madona, but she uses her super-celebrity powers for good. She advocates for marginal musicians who would remain in the dark otherwise.
In 2010, Madona crashed the “Global Music” event and started a nationwide conversation about the ridiculous separation of American and ‘world’ music. The pop diva appeared on stage with Gogol Bordello, an amateur singer with a one-of-a-kind style. Bordello’s surprisingly intricate punk-gypsy compositions were heard by millions thanks to Madona.