2021 has been a year of new music, challenges, drama, and breakout stars that captivated our eyes.
Success may happen overnight, or it may take years to get the moment that’ll change your life. Success is a word that has a different meaning to each person, but this list of A-Lister’s captivated people’s eyes this year. Whether it was in social media, film, fashion, or music, these A-Lister’s have made 2021 their year of breakthrough and ultimate glory.
It is important to note that these A-Lister’s each have their own individual story. Whether it was an overnight success or years of work, you need to know that these creatives deserve their spotlight. The A-Lister 2021 creatives list highlights creatives behind and on the scenes.
These breakout stars have been personally picked out by myself, Ameenha Lee. This list was hard to narrow down, but these creatives had all eyes on them this year. I know that these A-Lister’s will be dominating their field of work years from now.
1. Melody Hurd
Melody Hurd comes from a family full of talent. Being the second eldest daughter in the Hurd bunch, Melody was destined for the spotlight. After captivating millions of people during her star role in Fatherhood, Hurd proved that her age does not limit her acting range. Melody Hurd has been acting before her role in Fatherhood, but 2021 was her breakout year. At only ten years old, Hurd is going to be a generational talent. She may be cute, but her skills on screen is undeniably unbelievable at her age.
2. Jaden Michael
Jaden Michael has been acting practically his entire life, but Colin In Black & White was his true moment of shine. While portraying the younger version of Colin Kapernick, he successfully told the story of the athlete’s younger years. Whether it was facing racism with his adopted parents or getting braids for the first time, Michael was the perfect fit for a younger Kapernick. The teen actor is on the rise, and he is definitely one to watch in Hollywood.
3. McKenna Grace
McKenna Grace has been a dominating force in Hollywood since her early roles in Disney. It looks like Disney knows how to make actors stars. The fifteen year old has starred in over several projects, and remains consistent in the film industry. Grace recently starred in Ghostbusters: Afterlife alongside Finn Wolfhard. There is no way that people can deny this young talents ability to ace any role given to her. It is pretty clear that the actress loves what she is doing, and she is going to remain a force to be reckoned with.
4. Lonnie Marts IIV
Lonnie IIV is a content creator with two million followers on Tiktok, and five hundred thousand on Instagram. With his hilarious skits on social media, the creator has created his own lane on social media. Lonnie Marts is only in completion with himself, and he always remains original. The creator has worked with Facebook, and he even won a Black creatives grant from Tiktok. You may catch Lonnie on your explore page, but the creator will be a long lasting factor in social media.
5. LaRon Hines
“Are You Smart?” may be the automatic question you think while seeing LaRon Hines. Hines is a viral sensation who has been a star for years. LaRon Hines is a singer, actor, writer, and producer. Before his viral series, the creator was a star years in the making. Hines is actually an incredible singer/songwriter. Many people might know LaRon for his viral pranks before his current social media content. His current “Are You Smart?” content on Tiktok is just the beginning of his super star status. LaRon Hines is the definition of a triple threat who has been loved by millions of people.
6. Stacia Mac
Stacia Mac is the manager to Rap superstar Polo G, rising talent Asian Doll, and the Dance Hall queen, Spice. The manager is known for her phrase, “I Birth Legends” which proves to be true. Even though Polo G is breaking records, Stacia Mac is making sure her entire family is included in the legendary category. With all of her children being musically talented, it is no denying that Stacia Mac is the backbone of the Capalot family. Stacia Mac proves to be versatile in her career, and she is already receiving her accolades in music.
7. Metro Boomin
Metto Boomin is the producer is the year, and he might be producer of the decade years from now. The creative did win the producer of the year award from BMI which is incredible. Even though Metro Boomin has not released an album this year, his work with 21 Savage has been absolute fire. In less than five years, the producer has been the backbone of producing great projects for 21 Savage, Drake, The Weekend, Future, Travis Scott, and many more talents.
8. Victoria Monet
Victoria Monet is a talented songwriter who had the solo spotlight on her during 2021. Many people were familiar with Monet’s songwriting skills, but her individual music career had people giving her talent and charisma praise. Her album this year was definitely under rated, but it grasped people’s attention. Her ability to captivate with performances and visuals this year was incredible. It has been incredible to see Monet receiving her own spotlight besides the artists she works with.
9. 21 Savage
21 Savage has been an undeniable talent for years, but he needs his credit for his work ethic this year. I personally would say that 21 Savage was the king features this year. His features on “Who Want Smoke”, “Child’s Play”, and “Knife Talk” had people craving for another album from the rapper. Even though his features was on fire this year, 21 Savage remains in his lane with production from Metro Boomin.
10. Jack Harlow
Jack Harlow has received a lot of media attention after his verse on “Industry Baby.” The Kentucky native has been a fan favorite from woman all over, but he has definitely proved he can hold weight on his own. The rapper has not released many projects compared to 2020, but he has remained consistent in the media. Whether it was a segment with Vogue or Forbes, it has made him unforgettable this year.
11. Olivia Rodrigo
Olivia Rodrigo has been on fire in 2021. Thanks to Tiktok and an alleged Disney love triangle, Rodrigo was able to takeover 2021. Her fashion and 2000’s Pop influence made her a fan favorite with Gen Z. Rodrigo has been able to break records with her album “Sour”, and she has fans constantly anticipating her next move. The singer is currently on tour, and she knows how to perfectly engage with her young audience. Also, the singer has received positivity from Taylor Swift which is a totally big deal.
BIA is the definition of never giving up on your dreams. I found out about BIA when she collaboarted with Russ for “Best on Earth.” BIA is a songwriter and rapper who received her global spotlight in 2021. Her breakout single, “Whole Lotta Money” was a global sensation. On top of that, BIA collaborated with Nicki Minaj for the single’s remix. BIA’s fanbase has now grown tremendously compared to last year. Hard work pays off, and BIA is the perfect definition of that. BIA has been consistent, and collaborated with G Herbo this year.
13. Capella Grey
Capella Grey took over Tiktok and the Summer with his hit “Gyalis.” Even though this single was a radio favorite, the singer’s single was actually looked down upon by many people, especially on Clubhouse. I am glad he did not listen because his single has been a favorite this year. Capella Grey has remained consistent this year. My personal favorite feature this year is “You Know My Body” with Dream Doll. Capella Grey is going to be legendary talent with his unique voice, talent, and musical inspirations.
14. Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr.
Thanks to 50 Cent, Lil Meech has been a breakout star in 2021. Based on his father’s life, Big Meech, Lil Meech proves that he is a talent to stay. BMF became a TV series that was not only a viral sensation, but it became Starz’s top show this year. Demetrius, “Lil Meech”, Flenory Jr. is also set to star in Euphoria’s upcoming season in early 2022. Lil Meech carries his families legacy on his back, and that support alone is going to make him unbreakable in entertainment.
15. Fairley McCaskill
Black media is crucial to entertainment, and Fairley McCaskill has demonstrated perseverance throughout her career. McCaskill is currently a Senior Publicity Director at Atlantic Records. While working with music icon, Missy Elliott and rising talent on Atlantic Record’s roster, McCaskill is the backbone to the industry’s top talent. It is important to honor publicists since they are crucial in media for our favorite talent. Fairley McCaskill has been working as a publicists for years, and continues to lead the new generation of media.
A-LISTER HONORABLE FASHION MOMENTS
- 1. YZY X GAP
- 2. VLONE X Youngboy Never Broke Again
- 3. Skims X Fendi
- 4. Versace X Fendi
- 5. Telfar X UGG
- 6. Crocs comeback
- 7. A$AP Rocky X Vans
- 8. Off White Fall 2021 Ready to Wear Collection
AMEENHA LEE’S A-LISTER 2021 MUSIC PLAYLIST
- 1. Saweetie ft. Doja Cat “Bestfriend”
- 2. SZA “I Hate U”
- 3. Wizkid ft. Tems “Essence”
- 4. Journey Montana “Good Girl”
- 5. Drake “Champagne Poetry”
- 6. Polo G “Rapstar”
- 7. Cardi B “UP”
- 8. Kanye West “Pure Souls”
- 9. Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow “Industry Baby”,