Best Known For: “Crazy In Love,” “Diva” “Irreplaceable”
Why She’s Dope: Conspiracy theorists may balk at Beyoncé’s inclusion, claiming she doesn’t write her own material. While it’s true the icon uses a skilled team of scribes, she does deserve credit for co-writing the bulk of Destiny’s Child’s Survivor and co-writing many of her own hits. Ne-Yo put it best, explaining how Bey lays her signature on every song she belts: “When I write a song for an artist I want that artist to take that song and make it their [own]. If you listen to my version of ‘Irreplaceable’ and listen to Beyoncé’s version of ;Irreplaceable,’ it’s two damn totally different songs with all the harmonies and extra stuff she put in there. So yeah, I gave her writer’s credit because that counts. That’s writing.” Lesson learned.