Music is always expanding the universe, moving it to different levels of understanding and perception. Throughout history, there have been many artists who have toed the line between genres and genders to morph the world’s preconceived notions of sexuality and gender roles. Prince, David Bowie, Annie Lennox. These artists have a supreme connection with the innate sensuality of humanity and have, at one point at least, crafted personas and stage presences that bend the rules we’ve been preconditioned to accept as a species.
However, there have been five artists who no more let their sexuality define them as their gender assignments. More than just passing flights of androgyny, these artists have dared to reveal their humanity at all its illustrious levels and make music that is defined, not by what people perceive them to be, but by their perceptions of themselves. I imagine what they truly perceive (or perceived, in some cases) themselves as is humans with the capacity to love, hurt, bleed, smile and scream. And these artists have done so in a way that has molded my very understanding of not only music, but the human experience in general.