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10 People To Watch In 2016

Smart creators from music, fashion, and art worth following next year—starting now.

December 01, 2015

A lot of good things will happen by this time next year. Albums will be dropped. New shoes will be got. Nights will be Netflixed and chilled, and rights to vote will be exercised. Bad things, too—the future is an invigorating and terrifying thing. But artists are there to keep an eye out, giving life to what lies ahead with new ideas and new ways to see them realized. These smart creators from the worlds of fashion, music, literature, sports, and art will start your year off right, as they lead us all into a better, brighter, weirder new year.

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1. Courtney Act

There's never been a better time to win by being yourself.




2. Lukhanyo Mdingi

Clothes don't have to be commercial.

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3. Alexa Karolinski

Translating brands for video, and humans.




4. bo en

How to make smart music that's still totally fun.




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5. Jerrod Carmichael

Family television people actually want to watch.




6. Konstantin Satchek

Skateboarding's best blog made a book.




7. Juliana Huxtable

The value of artistic conversations with the past.

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8. Zane Lowe

Radio's new goals.




9. Taylor Johnson

Why surreal animation is more appealing than ever.




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10. R. City

The deferred victory of Virgin Islands pop.




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