*Here’s something to mull over and see if you agree with it. We’re talking about the 50 most influential R&B artists ever.

Some of the ones on this list may surprise you and others will say that their favorite artist is missing from the list entirely.

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Here’s the first of 50 on the list and it’s no surprise … it’s Michael Jackson:

Michael Jackson could very well be the greatest entertainer of all time. He has influenced so many talents of this generation, including Usher and Chris Brown. As one of the first Black musicians to gain crossover appeal, he paved the way for future artists and created a lasting legacy.

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