Moonage Daydream: David Bowie Tops the List of Britain’s 50 Most Influential Artists of the Last Half-Century - Arts & Culture

Other UK musicians such as the Spice Girls, Sir Elton John, Stormzy, and Boy George made Sky Arts’ list.

David Bowie has topped Sky Arts’ list of Britain’s top 50 most influential artists. The 19-time Grammy-nominated artist, who won five of them, also influenced film and fashion, apart from music. Sky Arts are one of ​​Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies. 

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Besides the Heroes singer, other UK musicians such as the Spice Girls, Sir Elton John, Stormzy, and Boy George made the list. Meanwhile, celebrated designers Alexander McQueen and Dame Vivienne Westwood represented fashion. Street artist Banksy made the cut for art, while director Sir Ridley Scott and actors Michaela Coel and Steve Coogan were included in the film industry. 

Deserving places

Per Sky News, the judging panel was led by the broadcaster and DJ Lauren Laverne. “I was honored to be chosen to take part in this judging day for Sky Arts, as working with such a respected group of judges, I knew their conversations would be fascinating, and they were,” Laverne recalled. 

“The judges took so much time and care with their scoring to ensure the Top 50, Top 20, and Top 10 lists were truly the best of the best in terms of influence, and the final list is artists that are so deserving of their places.

“David Bowie coming in at number one was the cherry on top of a brilliant judging process, and it was great to be a part of it,” the broadcaster concluded. 

Other names in the top ten list included director, producer, and writer Sir Steve McQueen, playwright Caryl Churchill, feminist writer Angela Carter, and novelist Muriel Spark. 

Banner photo from @DavidBowie on Instagram.

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