DJ Neil Armstrong

Slowly but surely making a name for himself in the late 1990s alongside Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J and the like in his hometown of New York City, DJ Neil Armstrong was catapulted to international acclaim in 2008 when he was invited by Jay-Z to perform at Barack Obama's inauguration ball. The president's seal of approval was good enough for Jay-Z and the world's biggest selling rapper anointed Armstrong as his permanent World Tour DJ soon after.

He's since shared the stage with Mary J Blige, Rihanna, Kanye West, Method Man and Neil Young. DJ's don't come any bigger.