Top Artists of 2011 - Way Before The Fame

Rihanna Today: At number 2 on Billboard’s final list in 2011, this Barbados-born superstar showed that she can hold her own with the likes of the biggest voices out there, belting out Mariah Carey’s Hero at the young age of 15 (and under her given name of Robyn Fenty). Her debut album cracked Billboard’s Top 200, but 2006’s A Girl Like Me and 2007’s Good Girl Gone Bad solidified her spot as one of the top artists of the year and of her generation. View the entire gallery at Second photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty Images

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2011 was a great year for music, with new and old favorites leading the charge to the top of the Billboard charts. From fresh-faced ingénues to comeback kids to dance floor superstars, the hits just kept coming. Take a look back and see if you can name these award-winning and top-charting musicians before they were famous that our friends at dug up. Seems they all had star power long before they ruled the airwaves in 2011.

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