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While most celebrities live in New York or Hollywood now, they didn’t start off there. It’s always interesting to me to learn where celebrities came from and grew up. There are lots of celebrities that have come from North Carolina, some we know about, and some that are more surprising. But who are the biggest, most popular artists to come out of NC?

Cosmopolitan just compiled all the data so we now know the most popular artists from every state in America.

  • Alabama – Lionel Riche
  • Alaska – Portugal, The Man
  • Arizona – Stevie Nicks
  • Arkansas – Evanescence
  • California – Billie Eilish
  • Colorado- OneRepublic
  • Connecticut- John Mayer
  • Delaware- George Thorogood and The Destroyers
  • Florida- Ariana Grande
  • Georgia- Outkast
  • Hawaii- Bruno Mars
  • Idaho- Paul Revere and the Raiders
  • Illinois- Jennifer Hudson
  • Indiana- Michael Jackson
  • Iowa- Slipknot
  • Kansas- Melissa Etheridge
  • Kentucky- Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Louisiana- Britney Spears
  • Maine- Howie Day
  • Maryland- Good Charlotte
  • Massachusetts- Aerosmith
  • Michigan- Lizzo
  • Minnesota- Prince
  • Mississippi- Elvis Presley
  • Missouri- Eminem
  • Montana- Reggie Watts
  • Nebraska- 311
  • Nevada- Imagine Dragons
  • New Hampshire- Mandy Moore
  • New jersey- Bruce Springsteen
  • New Mexico- Demi Lovato
  • New York- Lady Gaga
  • North Carolina – Nina Simone
  • North Dakota- Wiz Khalifa
  • Ohio- John Legend
  • Oklahoma- All-American Rejects
  • Oregon- Esperanza Spaulding
  • Pennsylvania- Taylor Swift
  • Rhode island- Jeffrey Osborne
  • South Carolina- Hootie & the Blowfish
  • South Dakota- Shawn Colvin
  • Tennessee- Justin Timberlake
  • Texas- Beyoncé
  • Utah- Neon Trees
  • Vermont- Phish
  • Virginia- Dave Matthews Band
  • Washington- Nirvana
  • West Virginia- Brad Paisley
  • Wisconsin- Bon Iver
  • Wyoming- Scott Avett