Britney Spears and Katy Perry made the cut. There are also lesser-known luminaries, like molecular biologist Maxine Singer, who helped decipher the human genetic code and championed women and minorities in science.
Many of the portraits provide unusual views of famous faces, Fortune says. Celebrities these days are constantly photographed and have become expert image managers.
For “Pop Icon: Britney,” artist R. Luke DuBois created a moving collage using videos of the pop star and framed the screen in gold. Ethereal sounds, some of which were recorded in an old church in Italy, emanate from nearby speakers. “There is something about our devotion to celebrity that the artist is probably commenting on by comparing her to a religious icon,” Fortune says.
No one is immune to the One Direction magic. Even pop princes Britney Spears went full fangirl when 21-year-old Harry Styles waved at her while on the Billboard Music Awards (May 17) red carpet. Joe Jonas made everyone happy when he was snapped and uploaded Spears' reaction via Instagram. "When you see your Insta-Crush in person," wrote the 24-year-old singer.
MTV reported that the "Pretty Girls" singer completely freaked out when she came face-to-face with the British hottie. The 33-year-old sensation appeared completely starstruck as she stood straight-backed, donning an awkward expression on her face and what looks to be a semi-wave.
"The show was amazing, incredible, on all levels of production and entertainment," says the group's Brian Kelley.
On Sunday night (May 17), Florida Georgia Line headed to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which featured the debut live performance of Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's collaborative single "Pretty Girls." One night prior to the awards show, FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were spotted in the crowd of Spears' Piece of Me show at Planet Hollywood -- and the superstar country duo said that they loved what they saw.
" last-minute kind of decision, and her family hooked us up with some amazing seats," Kelley told Billboard on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet. "Her dad was running us around, taking care of us. And the show was amazing, incredible, on all levels of production and entertainment, man. I think she crossed off every little emotion and thing you could do. It was a great night."
And the guys agree on their favorite Spears song to see live: her debut single, "…Baby One More Time." "That's a classic oldie, man," says Hubbard. "That was pretty sick."
Florida Georgia Line, who took home the Billboard Music Award for Country Artist of the Year, has been touring throughout 2015 and will continue performing their North American run later this month. Watch the video above to hear them express their excitement about the upcoming summer dates.
On Wednesday Britney Spears performed her last Piece Of Me show in Las Vegas before going on break for the summer. And the 33-year-old went out with a bang as she was joined onstage by Chippendales celebrity guest host and former Toxic music video co-star Tyson Beckford. The 44-year-old sported a leash as he was walked across the stage by the blonde singer before jumping up to show off his abs with a quick dance for the audience.
Britney was seen leading the model down the stage during the neon-lit set, as she and her backup dancers performed Freakshow. Tyson later jumped up - to the audience's delight - to show off his impressive six-pack abs as well as his dance moves. After his dance solo Britney rushed over to thank him, signing a T-shirt for the star, before gushing: 'Thank you for dancing. You're such an amazing dancer!' Twelve years prior the pair had worked together when they filmed Britney's unforgettable video for her single Toxic.
Don't mind when she make me her b***h! Ms. Spears! #vegas #tysonbeckford,' Tyson wrote on Twitter after the performance.
Chippendales also celebrated the reunion, writing: 'YES. Last night @Chippendales’ celebrity guest host @TysonCBeckford joined @BritneySpears on stage at #PieceOfMe!'
Britney thanked the star on her Twitter account, sharing a sweet snap of the two of them together, along with: 'Thanks for jumping on stage with me last night @TysonCBeckford!! Your dance moves were '
The 33-year-old pop star was spotted heading to the gym in the Westlake Village neighbourhood of Los Angeles on one of the off days of her Las Vegas residency.
Britney was all smiles and showed off her legs in a pair of tiny polka dot pink shorts as she looked primed for yet another sweaty session.
She teamed the tiny bottoms with a baggy vintage The Who T-Shirt and bright blue and orange Asics sneakers.
Britney had her signature blonde locks tied back in a messy ponytail and sported a pair of aviator shades over her face which had natural make-up on it.
The previous day, Britney was spotted in very similar garb as she was spotted exiting Drenched Fitness in Thousand Oaks, California.
The singer donned tiny pink shorts, a black hoodie, blue and pink sneakers, and aviators before celebrating Mother's Day with her two sons.
After making her way to a waiting car, she headed to a nearby skate park where her boys Sean Preston, nine; and Jayden James, eight; were being active as well - rolling around on their skateboards.
Ahead of the fitness session, the mother-of-two shared a heartwarming photo of her sons on Instagram, writing: 'Feeling so special and proud to be a mom to these handsome boys. Love them! #HappyMothersDay.'
Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea’s “Pretty Girls” starts at #23 on Mediabase’s pop radio airplay chart.
“Pretty Girls,” which was not officially available until the second day of the May 3-9 tracking week, commanded approximately ~2,990 weekly spins. Hourly first day airplay from iHeartMedia stations contributed immensely to that total, but the track did hold up well as the week progressed.
“Pretty Girls” is now one place shy of the #22 peak achieved by Spears’ previous chart entry “Perfume.” It has already outpeaked “Trouble (featuring Jennifer Hudson),” which was Azalea’s previous launch at pop.
As another point of recent comparison, Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” and Zedd’s “I Want You to Know (featuring Selena Gomez),” which both received the same opening day support from iHeartMedia, also scored #23 debuts on the Mediabase pop chart. Those songs, however, commanded more weekly spins. “Want to Want Me” earned 3,672 plays during its inaugural tracking week, while “I Want You to Know” was good for 3,287.
Expected to sell in the neighborhood of 100,000 first-week copies, “Pretty Girls” is on pace to debut inside the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.