Ah, and here we are at the final match-up of Bracket Madness and we are almost ready to crown the Greatest Artist of the 90s. In the last round, TLC knocked out Nirvana while Mariah Carey outshone Green Day. And so now, down from the original eight, we have but two: TLC and Mariah Carey. There can only be one Greatest Artist of the 90s, and we know its hard, but a decade so great as the 90s deserves a worthy representative. Who should it be?
No one has more hits than Mariah. It’s been 22 years since Mariah Carey debuted, and in those years Mariah has sold more than 200 million records, put out 18 number one singles, won 5 Grammys, signed a record-breaking $100 million recording contract, launched an acting career, birthed Dem Babies, and this past summer alone she’s signed on to Judge American Idol and dropped “Triumphant,” the first single off of her fourteenth studio album. And how have your last last two decades been?
Mariah Carey was sexy and cool, but TLC were Crazy, too. T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli showed up looking like a classic girl group — like The Ronettes, but in teeny-tiny crop tops and with their Kangol hats on show. It was quickly apparent, though, that they were doing something special and something entirely their own. With a catalog thick with hits, they’ve challenged pop to be more interesting, R&B to be more provocative, and most of all they made the mostly male world of hip hop to believe in a lady that raps. They may not have pushed numbers and records that Mariah did, but they pushed boundaries so that the game has been forever changed.
The final round of voting closes on Monday, August 13 at 4 p.m. Vote now, and check back next week to see who is The Greatest Artist of the 90s!