To say Twenty One Pilots had a big year would almost minimize what they’ve really accomplished in 2016. Plenty of artists had years one could call “big”; Twenty One Pilots spent the year ascending from cult-favorite status to arguably the world’s biggest rock band, tearing down expectations and genre rules the whole time. The Ohio duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun breathed new life into rock by revolutionizing it -- combining elements of rap, electro-pop, pop-punk and reggae to make something truly unusual and new. It’s rare to enjoy commercial success alongside deep artistic freedom, but Twenty One Pilots have managed to carve a space in pop music that’s uniquely their own, and the fans are listening.
To truly get a sense of how these two twenty-somethings from the Midwest made it big (or, more aptly, even bigger, following their No. 1 album Blurryface in 2015) Billboard takes a look back at some of the major milestones they experienced in the last 12 months… you know, the stuff between a worldwide arena tour.