Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (NYU)

In the 20 years since Kenn Hicks made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1984, the American-born tenor has forged a one-of-a-kind career that has taken him from the great opera houses of Europe to the high-stakes world of pop recording, where he has worked musical magic for such pop superstars as Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Sting, Diddy, and The Spice Girls.