This article was published on February 12th, 2018
While 2017 was a great year for music and entertainment, 2018 is proving to be even better—and not just because of the new upcoming Kylie Minogue album. While this is not the definitive list, here are eight LGBT artists, in no particular order, making waves and noise in the music industry. Keep your ears tuned for these eight fantastic LGBT musicians who are set to rock 2018!
Frank Ocean: Frank Ocean is still quite the underestimated force to be reckoned with as one of the few out LGBT hip-hop artists. Ocean has hinted that he will be releasing his fourth studio album this year.
Le1f: Joining Frank Ocean as an openly queer hip-hop artist is out rapper Le1f, who also runs Camp & Street records. Le1f is set to release new music in 2018.
Troye Sivan: 2018 is already shaping up to be Troye Sivan’s year as his newly released single, My My My, continues to climb the charts even today. The South African-born, Australian singer has made a name for himself as a songwriter, actor, and YouTube personality.
Adam Lambert: After just finishing a stint as front man touring the world with legendary rock band Queen, American Idol’s first out gay contestant and runner up, Adam Lambert is expected to release new music at the end of this year.
Sam Smith: Though San Smith released his newest album The Thrill of it All last fall, his main single from the record Too Good At Goodbyes continues to hold firm on the pop charts. Expect new music and collaborations from the Oscar winning singer and songwriter.
Lady Gaga: Out bisexual mega star Lady Gaga is the biggest pop star on the planet. Though she recently announced an upcoming residency at the MGM Hotel and Casino starting in late 2018, don’t think that mother monster won’t be teasing you with more music before the end of the year.
Elton John: Yes, the queen of glam rock and living legend Sir Elton John will commence his 3-year worldwide farewell tour in the middle of 2018 following the release of his newest album at the end of 2017.
Jake Shears: Kylie’s best friend and Scissor Sisters front man teased us all with a possible reunion of the legendary pop band, when they released the song Swirlk to raise funds for the Pulse Orlando Shooting Massacre victims. Though not quite as catchy as Let’s Have a Kiki, Jake Shears returning from his solo career to Scissor Sisters could mean more singles to come as the year progresses.
What other LGBT musicians do you think are going to have smash hits and shake up the music industry in 2018? Leave your comments below.