May 12, 2013 via Pepsi
The Top 10 Momagers in the Music Biz
Mother’s Day is a time to show the women who gave birth to us our appreciation for everything they do. Even the world’s most famous musicians can relate to that special bond between mother and child--and for some the ties that bind are more official than others. The entertainment industry has a long history of moms who had a hand in the business of their babies. In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, we pay tribute to the best “momagers” in the biz. Happy Momager’s--ahem, Mother’s Day!
1. Debra Antney, Waka Flocka Flame
If you’ve ever dealt with Waka Flocka, you know that somewhere beyond those long and luxurious dreads stands mommy-dearest, Debra Antney. But Flocka’s not her only client--this industry big shot is also known for managing artists like Gucci Mane, and formerly French Montana and Nicki Minaj.
2. Tina Knowles, Beyoncé and Solange
While it was Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé and Solange’s father, who had the rep for being a music executive, their mother Tina has been hands on from day one. She has watched both of her daughters dominate the music industry in their own regards, and is the co-founder of the fashion line House of Deréon with Mrs. Carter herself.
3. Sonja Norwood, Ray J and Brandy
Nothing is stronger than a mother’s love and Sonja Norwood has acted as mom and manager for both of her musically-inclined children, Brandy and Ray J for years.
4. Tina Douglas, Ashanti
Ashanti’s mom, Tina, is one of her greatest inspirations. Watching the two of them interact, they seem more like friends and partners than mother and daughter or management and talent. For Mother’s Day last year the duo interviewed each other and Ashanti said to her mom, “You always taught me to be a leader, not a follower.” Wise advice.
5. Dr. Donda West, Kanye West
The late Dr. Donda West played a huge role in her son Kanye’s life. She was the CEO of West Brands and the Chairwoman of the Kanye West Foundation. Ye showed his love and affection for her in songs like “Hey Mama,” and dedicated his creative agency DONDA to her memory.
6. Voletta Wallace, The Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie’s mom, Voletta Wallace, didn’t have much of a hand in her son's prolific rap career while he was alive. However, following his death, she took control of all of his assets, working with posthumous releases, his biopic Notorious and anything and everything B.I.G.
7. Jonetta Patton, Usher
Jonetta Patton is one of the most well-known momagers in the music business. Hand-in-hand with her son from his career start at age 11, Usher credits his mom with much of the success that led him to becoming a Grammy Award-winning artist. Though Patton is no longer Usher’s manager, she’s still the CEO of her own management firm, J-Pat Management, and works with independent R&B artists.
8. Pattie Milette, Justin Bieber
It makes perfect sense that a star who rose to fame as young as Justin Bieber would have his mom by his side. While most other moms were driving their kids to soccer practice, Pattie was uploading videos of a young J-Biebs to YouTube. He can pretty much credit her pride in his budding talents with every ounce of swag he’s got.
9. Lynne Spears, Britney Spears
Brit’s mom, Lynne, has been her No. 1 cheerleader since before she could say, “Hit me baby one more time.” She brought young Britney to Atlanta to audition for The Mickey Mouse Club, and when she found out Brit was too young, she moved her to New York City to attend the Professional Performing Arts School. Though Brit and Lynne eventually split professionally, she was definitely the biggest player who orchestrated the beginning of it all.
10. Tish Cyrus, Miley Cyrus
Tish and Miley are like two peas in a pod. They hang out on set together, they tweet back and forth at each other, and they confer on Miley’s career decisions. As the wife of a legendary musician, Tish has some pretty high-level friends to source management advice from for Miley’s next moves--namely the one and only Dolly Parton.