We all have idols, all music lovers will have their favourites and all generations will have different idols. Some will be claimed as geniuses, being "before their time", or "misunderstood legends", all these words come when the artist is not around anymore. Do we just say this after death so random, but not really mean it?
Although I may be biased, Madonna is a pioneer, there has been and probably won't be anybody like her again. She broke down boundaries in the way females think and also with the constant change of styles, staying ahead of the game. Kylie and Lady Gaga have tried, and as good as they are, they are always 5 years behind Madonna. Prince broke down boundaries, playing over 30 instruments, a one man band, having a multi-racial band, crossing over funk, rock, jazz, creating electrifying shows. Even though his music sales later on did not live up to the standard of "Purple Rain", he had that aura that everyone knew his shows were second to none and they wanted to work with the mystique and talent that was Prince just to be around him. Some say he copied Sly Stone's funk, James Brown's moves and Jimi Hendrix's guitar licks, well I say how many people combine and excel in all departments?