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List of artists influenced by Madonna

Since her debut in 1982, Madonna's contributions to music, film, fashion, dance, and popular culture alongside with her attitude has influenced many other artists in the world.

Madonna's influence on artists is praised by most authors and historians, because when she emerged in the 80's, almost all the top artists in the world were men and bands, but after her, almost all would be female singers, with many critics saying that she still with the same status and unrivaled by any of her colleagues.

Although Madonna took inspiration from other singers and people, music journalists from Billborad to MTV have commented that "she didn't follow anybody's formula" and "influenced herself".


Madonna has taken inspiration from a number of entertainers, including Marilyn Monroe, Joni Mictelle, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Karen Carpenter, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde and Aretha Franklin. She also includes in her work, inspiration from the Kabbalah, as well on gender stereotypes, sexual clichés, corporate monoliths, and religious ones.

She commented: "I’m inspired and I’m referencing other cultures. That is my right as an artist. They said Elvis Presley stole African-American culture". The singer later concluded that both "have a right to be "inspired" by other cultures".

Context and analysis

Madonna's influence on pop music stars is undeniable, from the music to the sets or outfits, all can see that the "Queen of Pop" has been the model for the current stars of world music firmament.

Other female pop performers such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, the Spice Girls, Destiny's Child, Jennifer Lopez and Pink were like "Madonna's daughters in the very direct sense that they grew up listening to and admiring Madonna, and decided they wanted to be like her".


Media attention

Many artists have been inspired by and compared to Madonna. She is permanent fixture on every list of "world's most powerful/admired/influential women". Also, naming "Madonna" to other performers became in a honorific nicknames adopted by the international media. Generally are artists heavily influenced by her and some examples can be the "Mexican Madonna" (Selena, Yuri or Gloria Trevi), the "Latin Madonna" (Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Thalía, Paulina Rubio or Shakira), or the "Black Madonna" (Rihanna and Beyoncé).

Impact and response

Madonna is often called "the most admired or influential female performer of all-time", by authors, critics, the public and academics alike. More than any other female singer in history, Madonna is cited as the artist that paved the way for virtually every female musician.

Today's more-flamboyant female pop stars enjoy the freedom to make music and perform the way they do, but they didn't create that freedom. Madonna did the moving and shaking when she burst onto the pop-music charts in the early '80s". He further asserted that "Madonna and the career she carved out for herself made possible virtually every other female pop singer to follow... She certainly raised the standards of all of them... She redefined what the parameters were for female performers.

Influenced by Madonna

There is only artists that sources demonstrates an "inspiration" or "influence" from Madonna in their careers or in one part of their work. Sources that provides artists saying only that wants to be like Madonna, compared to her, collaborate with her or likes her music doesn't constitutes an inclusion.


  • Adele
  • Alizée
  • Amy Schumer

  • Ariana Grande

  • Ava Max

  • Avril Lavigne

  • Bea Miller

  • Bebe Rexha

  • Beyoncé

  • Brittany Murphy

  • Britney Spears

  • Cameron Diaz

  • Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Charli XCX

  • Christina Aguilera

  • Dita Von Teese

  • Dua Lipa

  • Fergie

  • Gloria Estefan

  • Gwen Stefani

  • Hailee Steinfeld

  • Haylie Duff

  • Hilary Duff

  • Iggy Azalea

  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Jessie J
  • Katy Perry
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Kesha
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Khloé Kardashian
  • Kourtney Kardashian
  • Kylie Jenner
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lea Thompson
  • Leona Lewis
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Miranda Cosgrove
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Paris Hilton
  • Paulina Rubio
  • Pink
  • The Pussycat Dolls
  • Rachel Platten
  • Rihanna
  • Rita Ora
  • Selena
  • Selena Gomez
  • Shakira
  • Spice Girls
  • Taylor Swift
  • Thalía
  • Victoria Justice
  • Yuri
  • Zendaya

Responses from artists

The following are some comments made by artists who have been inspired by Madonna. They recognize the importance of Madonna in their careers and the entertainment industry.

Rihanna has named Madonna as her idol and biggest influence, and said she wants to be "the Black Madonna". Also, she commented: "I think that Madonna was a great inspiration for me, especially on my earlier work. If I had to examine her evolution through time, I think she reinvented her clothing style and music with success every single time. And at the same time remained a real force in entertainment in the whole world".

Lady Gaga, who was known in the beginning of her career as "the Next Madonna",explained: "The last revolution was launched by Madonna 25 years ago" in addition to commenting that "there is really no one that is a more adoring and loving Madonna fan than me. I am the hugest fan personally and professionally".

Britney Spears, she is quoted saying in Madonnastyle by Carol Clerk,: "I have been a huge fan of Madonna since I was a little girl. She's the person that I've really looked up to. I would really, really like to be a legend like Madonna". She cites Madonna as a strong influence on her career.

Katy Perry has cited Madonna as an influence more than once. Her film Katy Perry: Part of Me was largely influenced by Madonna's 1991 film Madonna: Truth or Dare. She also said that wants to be like Madonna.

Beyoncé has credited to Madonna because she inspired her to take control of her own career.

Miley Cyrus revealed that wants to be "the Next Madonna" and said that she always reinvents herself, and that's what I want to do.

Nicki Minaj credits Madonna as a major influence on her career. She stated to Ryan Seacrest in 2012: "Meeting Madonna changed my life. Working with Madonna changed my life".

Christina Aguilera has named Madonna as one of her biggest influences "for being re-inventive and being brave as a strong female, to explore whatever, even if they do get bad press. It's just like they were fearless."

Kylie Minogue has been inspired by and compared to Madonna throughout her career. Minogue has said of Madonna: "Her huge influence on the world, in pop and fashion, meant that I wasn't immune to the trends she created. I admire her greatly but in the beginning she made it difficult for artists like me, she had done everything there was to be done ...", and "Madonna's the Queen of Pop, I'm the princess. I'm quite happy with that."

Avril Lavigne confessed want to be "the New Madonna". She added: "I want to be around the way Madonna has done it. She's had her life but still maintained her career throughout".

Jessica Simpson when confessed that was accidentally influenced by Madonna's "Holiday", she admitted that Madonna "did influence me and still does today. I hope to have the longevity of her career".

Dita Von Teese give credits to Madonna "for inspiring her to be individual". Also, she said "with helping her feel comfortable with her looks as a youngster".

Brittany Murphy confessed that Madonna had a quote: "I’m going to change the world". She later said that "was a huge inspiration to me so I decided I was going to be my own version of Madonna when I grew up".

Alizée cited to Madonna in many times as one of her biggest influence. In 2008, she declared: "The only my thing left is meet Madonna and singing with her". In 2010, said "Madonna is a singer who I greatly admire her talent and career. Instead, by Lady Gaga I feel not that admiration, sometimes I think that falls into the ridiculous, "I think Madonna does cause and does so with elegance, an element that is missing in Gaga".

Paulina Rubio, who is best-knows as "the Latin Madonna", cited Madonna as influence in several occasions. For example, by her seventh studio album Ananda she revealed when that things in change, think of Madonna, whom she admires for her ability to evolve over time.

Justin Timberlake recognizes that "her mighty influence seems to have subconsciously seeped into the videos of some of today’s biggest stars too".

Kanye West declared her as "the Greatest Visual Musical Artist Of All Time" during his commentaries on popular culture and the Madonna's influence on the industry.

Her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie admitted: "Madonna completely changed his life" because "it catapulted him into the public eye".

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