Who is your favorite arist (singer, composer, actor, writer etc...)?
By far my favorite artist is Julio Iglesias. Weekend visits to record shops here in New York City years before the advent of the Internet were a favorite pastime of mine for the many records in other languages of Julio's I could always expect to find. Gradually I became interested in foreign languages thanks to his music. Though any artist who can sing in at least one foreign language I especially enjoy listening to.
J. R. R. Tolkien!
Oh, and Quentin Tarantino
French musical band "Superbus"
My favorite singers:
A-WA, ABBA, Adele, Aleyna Tilki, Alma, Alma Zohar, Amy Winehouse, Ania Bukstein, Anna Vissi, Anna Zak, Antique, Arik Einstein, Aya Korem, Baby K, Balkan Beatbox, Bengü, Beyoncé, Blanche, Bleachers, Blink-182, Blur, Café Shachor Chazak, Chalav U'Dvash, Camilla Cabello, Cardi B, Carla Bruni, Céline Dion, Chava Alberstein, Christina Kolesta, Conchita Wurst, Daddy Yankee, DAM, Daniella Spector, DARA, David Broza, Daya, Demy, Despina Vandi, Destiny's Child, Diana Haddad, Dikla, DJ Gal Malka, DJ Khaled, Drake, Dua Lipa, Dudu Aharon, Eden Ben Zaken, Eleni Hatzidou, Eminiem, Emrah Karaduman, Eve and Lear, Farah, Fitz and the Tantrums, Flo Rida, Gali Atari, Garbage, Gazoz, Giusy Ferreri, Gloria Estefan, Glykeria, Googoosh, Green Day, Gülşen, Ha'Banot Ha'Nechama, Ha'Dag Nachash, Hadise, Haifa Webhe, Ha'Keves Ha'Shisha Asar, Ha'Tikvah 6, Helena Paparizou, Icona Pop, Idan Raichel, Ilanit, Imagine Dragons, Indila, Jamala, Jessie J, Kalomira, Karoline, Karolina, Katy Garbi, Kendrick Lamar, Keren Peles, Kiosk, Koza Mostra, Kumi Kada, Lady Gaga, Leila Forouhar, Lindita, Lior Narkis, Lorde, Loreen, M.I.A., Mahan Moin, Mahasti, Metro Station, Metropolin, Michael Jackson, Migos, Miri Mesika, Mooki, Moshe Peretz, Nadav Guedj, Nasrin Kadri, Nechi Nech, Nerina Pallot, Neta, Nicki Minaj, Nina Simone, Ninet Tayeb, Nu Virgos, Nurit Glaron, O-Zone, Offer Nissim, Ofra Haza, Olya Polyakova, Omer Adam, Pink, Paula Abdul, Post Malone, Propaganda (Russian), R.E.M., Rami Kleinstein, Rihanna, Ruslana, Rye Rye, Sakis Rouvas, Sarbel, Sarit Hadad, Sertab Erner, Shakira, Shiri Maimon, Shlomo Artzi, Sia, Silvia Hakobyan, Sivan Shanit, Subliminal, Tajči, Tarkan, The Teapacks, Tove Lo, Tuna, The Verve, Victoria Hanna, Wayne Newton, Yael Naim, Yardena Arazi, Yasmin Levi, Yehudit Ravitz, Yelle, Yianna Terzi, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Yuval Dayan, and Zehava Ben.
A very long list, but I do like everyone on this list...
Lola Marsh,Arctic Monkeys,LP,Lorde,Mabel Matiz,Kalben,Sofi Tukker
music: amália rodrigues, cartola, elis regina, john coltrane, charles aznavour, duke ellington, charlie parker, jorge ben jor, nara leão, chico buarque, joão gilberto
visual: rené magritte, claude monet, tarsila do amaral, jean-michel basquiat, wassily kandinsky, tamara de lempicka, henri matisse, pablo picasso, vincent van gogh, katsushika hokusai, kazimir malevich
writing: carlos drummond de andrade, fernando pessoa, pablo neruda, william shakespeare, clarice lispector, walt whitman, e.e. cummings, langston hughes, sophia de mello breyner andresen, cecília meireles, emily dickinson, t.s. eliot
Chisu, Maija Vilkkumaa, Antti Tuisku and the band Haloo Helsinki! from Finland.
Stromae, from Belgium.
Elif, from Germany.
Mina, and Italians as a whole when in comes to music I think.
My favorite singer/writer has got to be Keisuke Matsukawa, LACCO TOWER's vocalist. Not only is his voice quite unique, but his writing is also beautiful; the way he uses the Japanese language to his advantage when conveying what he wants to say in his lyrics/stories/poems is just delightful and makes every tiny detail feel like a ride.
Aside from him, I also find Yasunari Kawabata's work quite enjoyable - the way he describes the setting in his stories is simply breathtaking (for example, while reading Snow Country I could almost feel the fresh, cold air of the mountains blowing in my face and it was a magical experience) and how each and every single character influence one another so naturally and according to the flow of the story makes me love getting lost among the pages in his books.
Songwriter: Fabrizio De André
Composers: Ludovico Einaudi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Painter: René Magritte
Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Dario Fo, Alexandre Dumas (father), ....though I haven't read them all through, so this is a pretty incomplete list...
Music: Michael Jackson and his family
Lyrics: Robert Smith of The Cure
Writers: Karl May, George R. R. Martin, Petra Hammesfahr, the early works of Stephen King, Anne Rice
Actors: Klaus Kinski, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep
I love unique and unusual personalities
I really like Neffex, THCF, Coby, Enrique Iglesias and Nikolija .
For me, the trouble with the idea of just one favourite artist doesn't work. Even if you restrict to one sort of artist (eg a singer) it still doesn't work.
I don't think Ferruccio Tagliavini would be any good at singing Irish folksongs, but for singing tenor roles in Italian operas he is one of the three best singers on record and he is my favourite Italian opera tenor. I can't imaging how awful my friend Sean MacGuiness would be at singing Italian opera, but he led a first class band of singers of traditional Irish songs, and is my favourite singer of Irish songs in English - and for Irish songs sung in Irish, my favourite is Ciaran Bourke. A single favourite singer makes no sense.
My favourite song-writer could be one of Georges Brassens, Murchadh MacPharlain, Robert Burns, Hamish Henderson, and Françoise Hardy, Iain MacIllEathain - or maybe someone else as I also like a lot of Spanish, Italian, German, Catalan, Italian and Irish songs and haven't included any writer of those in the list so far. there have been an awful lot of good songwriters, by these are people who wrote very different sorts of songs in three four different different languages, some did both lyrics and melody, some wrote lyrics for existing tunes, some wrote and published poetry that someone else (later) set to music. A single favourite song-writer makes no sense.
Most of the people I've named are dead, only 2 of the 10 are alive (I hope it's 2, but I haven't had news of Sean in the last 16 months so it may be only 1), but I guess death doesn't disqualify someone from being a favourite artist.