2016 Breakout Stars

As 2016 comes to a close, I think it’s time we reflect on the year’s events. Yeah, a lot of the year seemed to be pretty unfortunate, but not all was bad. Specifically, we had a lot of breakout stars shine their light on an otherwise dull year. So sit back, relax, and check out some of this year’s biggest and brightest stars, and here’s to more breakout stars in 2017.

1. Issa Rae

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Photo Source: NYtimes.com

The Insecure star made her way into our homes this year, showing us all that Black people are more than just the stereotypes we see in most movies and TV shows. With her show we got an awkward Black girl going through real every-day issues like fighting with her best friend, goofing around with her best friend, infidelity, work problems, and dealing with being the voice of all black people at work. Not only was the show a hit, but Issa got more recognition for her work and even got nominated for a Golden Globe.

2. Alessia Cara

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Photo Source: bbc.com

You may know her soulful sounding voice from her hit song ‘Here,’ where she sang about being uncomfortable at a party with her friends and if you’re looking for her, she’ll be in the corner. This year Alessia really broke out with more hits like ‘I’m Yours’ and ‘Scars to Your Beautiful.’ Very reminiscent of Amy Winehouse with her raspy tone,  the 20 year old has graced us with her first full length album, Know It All and toured across the country.

3. Blac Chyna

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Photo Source: tmz.com

This year Blac Chyna has been everywhere. She stepped out of her ex’s shadow, found a new man (no matter how drama filled the relationship may have been), landed a reality show with her new boo, got engaged and had a baby. It was truly an eventful year for Chyna. Though it may have been a year of ups and downs for her, she for sure landed a place in the media and in many of our hearts this year.

4. Simone Biles & Laurie Hernandez

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Photo Source: : Latimes

From the Rio Olympics, to Dancing With The Stars, both of these girls were killing 2016. Biles being the breakout star of the US Gymnastic team, judges favored her from the beginning, guessing she would win gold in each category. Hernandez, everyone’s favorite smiley sweetheart from New Jersey as well as DWTS latest winner wowed everyone with her dance moves. 

5. Donald Glover

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Photo Source: pitchfork.com

Otherwise known as Childish Gambino, shocked us all by starring in his own television show, Atlanta, on FX. The show was wildly popular and definitely an instant success like Issa Rae’s show. It was originally set to have a 10 episode season, and two weeks into it FX renewed the show for a second season. On top of that, Glover released Awaken, My Love! His third studio album, 2016 has definitely been eventful for him!

6. Franchesca Ramsey

More commonly known as ‘Chescaleigh,’ Franchesca Ramsey has made even more of a name for herself this year. The host of MTV’s “Decoded,” has been everywhere from The Nightly Show, Totally Biased: With W. Kamau Bell and Broad City, to more recently being a guest on Hot 97. Speaking out about racism, interracial relationships, politics and more Ramsey definitely made sure her voice was heard in 2016. Here’s to hearing more from her in 2017!

Here’s to our 2016 Breakout Stars, we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings them, and who will be next to shine as well! Let us know who your favorite stars of the year are @TooMuchInfo__