Why Was Charice Left Off Billboard's Annual Hottest '21 Under 21' List? Blasphemy!

Fri, September 30, 2011 9:29am EDT by 85 Comments

Charice was No. 4 in 2010 — so why was she totally left off this year’s list?

It should probably come as no surprise to you all that I’m a huge Charice fan. Not just because she’s funny, or adorable, or because we both love the color orange. I’m a fan because, as Oprah Winfrey put it, she’s “the most talented girl in the world.” Billboard doesn’t seem to agree with me, however, as they’ve released their annual list of the hottest 21 musicians under 21 — and Charice is nowhere to be found.

Granted, most of the performers on their list totally deserve to be there. Selena Gomez (No. 3); Tyler, the Creator (No. 2); and Justin Bieber (No. 1) have all made irrefutable marks on the music industry.

But other choices have me — and I assume millions of bummed-out Chasters — totally confused. Like 19-year-old Korean pop star HyunA, formerly a member of the K-pop group Wonder Girls, who only appeared to make the list because she released a video deemed “too sexy” for Korean TV. (Like I’ve never done that…)

And American Idol “winner” Scotty McCreery? Don’t even get me started.

In the past year, Charice has released several successful singles — including “One Day,” co-produced by Nick Jonas (who’s No. 8 on this year’s list) — and made several appearances on Glee, one of the biggest shows in the country.

Am I alone in my confusion?

— Andy Swift

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Just for reference, here’s Billboard‘s full list:

1. Justin Bieber
2. Tyler, the Creator
3. Selena Gomez
4. Scotty McCreery
5. Jackie Evancho
6. Mac Miller
7. Demi Lovato
8. Nick Jonas
9. Rye Rye
10. Victoria Justice
11. Lex Luger
12. Il Volo
13. Cody Simpson
14. Willow Smith
15. Greyson Chance
16. Mindless Behavior
17. HynA
18. Porter Robinson
19. One Direction
20. Miguelito
21. Miley Cyrus