Forbes Names Kanye West The Highest-Paid Musician Of 2020


American rapper Kanye West is the highest-paid musician of 2020.

Not only is he the highest-paid artist, but he’s also the second-highest-paid celebrity overall, according to Forbes annual list, which dropped on Thursday (04.06.20).

Elton John came in as the second-highest-paid musician with $81 million. The third highest-paid musician is Ariana Grande, who is the highest-placing female musician at No. 17, with $72 million. Next are the Jonas Brothers with $68.5 million and fifth is the Chainsmokers with $68 million.

The bulk of West’s income derives from his massively popular Yeezy sneaker line, and from Jay-Z and Drake to Rihanna and Taylor Swift, he’s not the only one diversifying his revenue streams.

The list comes at an unprecedented time in the world and the music industry: A large percentage of the artists on the list made a large percentage of their income from touring, which most certainly will not be the case this year, with all major tours postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Check out the full list below.
Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Musicians (2020)

  1. Kanye West $170 million
  2. Elton John $81 million
  3. Ariana Grande $72 million
  4. Jonas Brothers $68.5 million
  5. Chainsmokers $68 million
  6. Ed Sheeran $64 million
  7. Taylor Swift $63.5 million
  8. Post Malone $60 million
  9. Rolling Stones $59 million
  10. Marshmello $56 million
  11. Shawn Mendes $54.5 million
  12. Jay-Z $53.5 million
  13. Billie Eilish $53 million
  14. BTS $50 million
  15. Drake $49 million
  16. Jennifer Lopez $47.5 million
  17. Pink $47 million
  18. Rihanna $46 million
  19. Luke Bryan $45.5 million
  20. Backstreet Boys $45 million
  21. Phil Collins $45 million
  22. Blake Shelton $43.5 million
  23. Celine Dion $42 million
  24. The Eagles $41 million
  25. Metallica $40.5 million
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