2002: Alicia Keys

Alicia KeysLinkin Park (music group)Nelly Furtado
Verdict: Few in the music industry pack both critical admiration and major sales the way Keys has since she first came onto the scene with “Songs in A Minor” in 2001. Even going up against commercial names such as Nelly Furtado and Linkin Park, Keys still seems the obvious favorite. Judging... Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times