This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s tragic death. While there’s no doubt that Cobain’s own contributions to music will last forever, his influence spread beyond the world of grunge and into hip hop, rock, pop and even country.
Cobain’s life, work and sad passing will be on the minds of music fans this weekend, but which famous singers, rappers and rockers have been indelibly influenced by him?
Alternative rockers like Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler and Weezer‘s Rivers Cuomo were directly influenced by Cobain. Their personal taste in rock stemmed from their admiration for Nirvana. Cobain’s influence on hip hop goes back to the mutual admiration that Public Enemy and Nirvana had for each other. In more recent years, Jay Z has publicly praised Cobain in an intriguing way; he’s stated that Cobain’s influence was so great that it halted the evolution of hip hop for a brief moment. Finally, Cobain has left his mark on pop music in a surprising way. He was fodder for fantasy for Lana Del Rey, Shakira and Miley Cyrus, who calls Cobain her “dream boyfriend.”
Whether he inspired songs, paved a path for grunge or got adolescent hearts palpitating, Cobain has changed the landscape music and popular culture forever.
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