Agent/VP, William Morris Endeavor
Cara Lewis commands a major market share of the R&B/hip-hop booking business, according to Billboard Boxscore data for her clients. Kanye West closed out Coachella with a critically acclaimed headlining set this year. Now West has teamed with Jay-Z for what is shaping up to be one of 2011's most successful tours, Watch the Throne, whose namesake album recently went platinum. Eminem, another Lewis client, announced his first Australian tour in a decade with his Melbourne show selling out in 30 minutes. Also on Lewis' roster is Rihanna, who launched her worldwide Loud tour this year. After hitting North America this summer, the singer will tour Europe through the end of 2011. Representing some of the biggest and hottest emerging names in the R&B and hip-hop arenas, Lewis booked tours this year for B.o.B, Big Boi, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Soulja Boy, the Roots and Tinie Tempah, among others. All told, Lewis' clients have earned 34 Grammy Award nominations. Among the winners are Eminem, Rihanna, the Roots and Cee Lo Green. "This is a tough business to be in. The landscape is ever-changing," Lewis says. "I love my clients, their music and the opportunity to be a partner in their success."