Kanye West
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In what amounted to a typical turn of events for one of the most polarizing figures in pop culture, West has spent 2021 entering into a divorce arrangement with Kim Kardashian West after striking a nine-figure deal in 2020 to make clothes for Gap. He had claimed he wouldn’t release any music until he was freed from his major-label contracts, but West put out the long-gestating “Donda” (named after his late mother) in August, after it was preceded by a series of bizarre high-profile “listening events” at stadiums in Atlanta and Chicago, the latter of which was marred by guest appearances from disgraced artists DaBaby and Marilyn Manson. As usual, he got the last laugh, raking in a reported $7 million from “Donda” merch at those gatherings before the album debuted at No. 1, more than making up for his failed 2020 presidential run.


  • The College Dropout
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Donda


  • American Academy of Art (IL, USA)
  • Chicago State University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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