They say that you should never trust anyone over 30 — well, if we had to solely take the life advice of the cadre of stars included in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, we’d be OK with that. From Lorde to Jennifer Lawrence, this list of young go-getters is packed with people to look up to — for all creative intents and purposes specifically. We don’t suggest relieving oneself in a bucket, like one of the entrants to the list.
2013 was undoubtedly a big year for music; one look at Forbes’ “Music” list makes that extremely evident. Bruno Mars, 28, nabbed a spot for — among other things — his headlining gig at the Super Bowl. (It’s a spot that hasn’t been held by a musician under 30 for 10 years.) And, speaking of history-making artists, 17-year-old Lorde also made the list — after her single “Royals” nabbed the record for the longest reign on the Alternative Songs chart by a lead female.
Other young folks listed included Avicii, 24, who released his country-tinged jam “Wake Me Up” in 2013; Justin Bieber, 19, who has yet to retire; Roc Nation star J. Cole, 28, whose Born Sinner sold almost has many copies as Kanye’s Yeezus; 2013’s very own twerk queen, Miley Cyrus, 21; Drake, 27, the man who launched a thousand memes; up-and-coming 22-year-old country star Hunter Hayes; Lady Gaga, 27, for her much-buzzed-about ARTPOP; and Mr. Verse of the Year himself, Kendrick Lamar, 26.
Macklemore, sadly, did not make the list — seeing as how he’s 30 — but his partner in crime Ryan Lewis, 25, flaunted his spot for the two of them, nabbing the honor for their breakthrough, Grammy-nominated record The Heist.
Other acts with big releases included Janelle Monae, 28, who dropped the jam-packed Electric Lady last year; One Direction (ages 19-22), who put out Midnight Memories; and Katy Perry, 29, for her dynamite PRISM. Rihanna (25), Wiz Khalifa (26) and Taylor Swift (24) — along with relative newcomers Zedd (24) and Allen Stone (26) — also made the cut, despite not releasing new LPs in 2013.
On the Hollywood side, we saw movies and TV get their due pretty equally, with Lena Dunham, 27, of “Girls” getting a nod, along with “Parks And Recreation” and “The To Do List” star Aubrey Plaza, 29. Jame’s little bro Dave Franco, 28, also got a mention for his role in “21 Jump Street,” as did Jennifer Lawrence, 23, for all the little and big things that J-Law does.
Our little hearts over here at MTV News also got a thrill when we saw Nev Schulman, 29, of “Catfish” fame, listed there among all the other bright and twinkly-es.
What do you think of the musicians and actors included on the list? Who do you think deserves a mention?