I often find myself wondering, why is the American accent so often used by foreign singers? We often hear British singers like Adele, Bono, and Eric Clapton, or Australian singers like Keith Urban and Iggy Azalea, Americanizing their songs. Is it simply to gain larger audiences and sell albums?
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In honor of Oscar night, let's looks at the actors who spent much time and effort perfecting their learned accents to fit their Oscar-nominated roles. Often times actors work with dialect coaches to learn their character's new voice. Dialect coaches are named as such because they not only work on pronunciation and prosody (accent), but they also target the grammar and vocabulary a character would use.
Getting work as an actor, public figure, or entertainer is hard enough given the normal challenges one must overcome. Add to this an unconventional accent, and these celebrities show they have the determination it takes to succeed in Hollywood. Here we've put together a Pinterest-worthy montage of various celebrities discussing their accents in relation to their work. These stars prove we can embrace our individual uniquenesses while also conquering our dreams. Enjoy!