Age: 27
Last Year’s Rank: 5

After having a groundbreaking 2018, Cardi B hopped off the fast track to success and decided to take the scenic route. She dropped a few records throughout 2019, including her solo anthem “Press” and the seductive collaboration with Bruno Mars, “Please Me,” but none of her musical releases have created a buzz as meteoric as “Bodak Yellow” or “I Like It.” Of course, that’s mostly due to just how high of a bar she set for herself. While the Bronx rapper has slid a few slots from last year’s list, she’s figured out ways to make sure her presence is still felt, from features on DJ Khaled’s “Wish Wish” to Blueface’s “Thotiana (Remix).” And she’s done it all while raising a newborn child. There’s still something undeniably compelling about Cardi B, and even a slow year (when it comes to musical output) can’t completely diminish that. —Jessica McKinney