Music / Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis is a Britpop and R&B artist, born in London to a Guyanese father and Irish mother, who rose to fame after winning The X Factor (The British version) and earning critical acclaim for her first album, Spirit in the USA. She is the show's most successful winner and second most successful contestant overall (behind One Direction).

Known for songs like Bleeding Love, I See You and Footsteps On The Sand.


  • Spirit (2008)
  • Echo (2009)
  • Glassheart (2012)
  • Christmas, with love (2013)

Extended Plays

  • Hurt (2011)

She and her music provide examples of:

  • Award Bait Song: "My Hands", "I See You", many songs on her albums sound like this.
  • Berserk Button: Being told that she's "not black enough" and/or shouldn't be eligible for the MOBO Awards. In addition to the discriminatory nature of such accusations, they tend to strike a personal note with Leona, who faced similar remarks on a daily basis at her secondary school, where the population was about two-thirds Afro-Caribbean students.
  • Break Up Song: "Better In Time", "Trouble".
  • Britpop
  • Cover Album: The Hurt EP.
  • Development Hell: Her third studio album, Glassheart, was supposed to be released towards the end of 2011 after the release of "Collide". However, after some legal issues with Avicii regarding supposed plagiarism of one of his tracks on said song, the album was pushed back to March 26th, 2012. In lieu of the album, a covers EP was released to iTunes. However, in January, the release date was pushed back once again, was scheduled to be released November 26th before finally getting a release on October 12th.
  • Follow Your Heart: "Happy", "Collide".
  • Grief Song: A whole lot of them.
  • Incredibly Long Note: The only one of her singles not to exhibit this is "I Got You".
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "Yesterday"
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Forgive Me" is a happy-go-lucky song about... cheating and begging your lover to forgive you.
    • "Happy" is a powerful feminist-seeming song about... doing harmful things to oneself as long as they make you happy.
      • No it's not. It's about taking risks and living your life to the fullest instead of sitting on the sidelines because you're afraid of the possibility that you might have to face some emotional pain in your life - which is unavoidable. It's certainly not about intentionally harming oneself to make them happy.
  • Melismatic Vocals: She's been compared to Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and CÚline Dion because of them.
  • Non-Appearing Title: None of her album names appear in any of the music.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Averted, unlike many of the other X Factor winners.
  • One of Us: Is a fan of RPGs (Including the Final Fantasy series, even providing the English Ending Theme for Final Fantasy XIII) and the Resident Evil series. She also based her entire second tour around Labyrinth.
  • Lady Mondegreen / Precision F-Strike: "Don't Let Me Down" is rather infamous among fans for the opening lyric ("fork in the road"), which sounds UNCANNILY like she's saying "Fuckin' around".
  • One-Woman Wail: "Yesterday", "Bleeding Love" and many others.
  • Power Ballad: "Yesterday", "Happy", "I Got You".
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Averted, big time. She became the first X-Factor contestant to experience mainstream worldwide success, while no other contestant from her series even had minor success in the UK. She was the show's most successful alumni from 2008, her rise to international stardom, to 2012/13, when she was eclipsed by boy band One Direction. She remains in a firm second place.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: All the time.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Her speaking voice can only be described as 'Young British Schoolgirl'.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears: Childish Gambino in "Trouble".
  • Word Salad Lyrics: What exactly is colliding supposed to represent in Collide?