SUSAN GENCO, 51
Co-president, Azoff MSG Entertainment
Righting wrongs for artists. During the past year, Genco and Collins have often worked in tandem to help re-engineer Azoff's management company, Azoff Music, merging it with his son Jeffrey's Full Stop Management and Brandon Creed's The Creed Company. "It was an important step in the Azoff legacy to position the company for the future," says Collins. Likewise, they were involved in Azoff and Tim Leiweke's creation of The Arena Alliance, with 28 arenas, through their Oak View Group, which will give the venues collective clout and new income streams. Meanwhile, Azoff's 3-year-old boutique performance rights organization, Global Music Rights, has come into its own in terms of revenue growth. "We have all seen how the music industry has been disrupted by outside forces, but GMR disrupted the music business in a way that is positive to the artist," says Genco, while Collins adds, "I love that I get to help work on a list of wrongs that Azoff wants to right, [such as] providing artists with more choices and more transparency."
VIRGINIA DAVIS, 37
Artist manager/managing partner, G Major Management
She's got the Rhett stuff. Thomas Rhett's win in April for the Academy of Country Music's male vocalist of the year felt like validation for the 27-year-old country star's years of hard work. "It was recognition that he was coming into his own as a headliner and an A-level act," says Davis, who signed Rhett when he was a 20-year-old college student. The win helped set up Rhett's album, Life Changes, which has logged 402,000 equivalent album units since its September release, as well as his first U.S. headlining arena tour. Davis, an avid runner, and Rhett also established Home Team Publishing with Rhett's father, noted songwriter Rhett Akins, and partner Roc Nation.
Nonmusical Female Icon: "Brené Brown. She has revolutionized the way I think about my relationships in both work and my personal life."
KERRI EDWARDS, 46
Founder/President, KP Entertainment